teach your children well
teach your children well
The California Federation of Teachers have voted to support a resolution to oppose the war in Iraq.
Whereas, this administration is using the so-called War on Terrorism to distract the American people from the vital issues they confront, Therefore, be it resolved that the California Federation of Teachers goes on record as strenuously opposing the Bush administration's march toward war with Iraq,
And be it further resolved that the California Federation of Teachers urge its members and affiliates to get involved with organizations working toward stopping the Bush administration's march toward war with Iraq.
Can they do this? It seems just a bit wrong to me. What business does a teacher's union have coming out for or against the war, going as far as to make a resolution stating their cause.
I don't say this because their views are opposite mine. I would be questioning this no matter which side of the issue they were on.
The delegates voted to support the resolution, but are the delegates really repsresenting all of their members? I wonder how the teachers who voted against the proposal feel.
In an age when student test scores are down, our schools are in dissaray and the public school system in general is going steadily downhill, this is what the teachers are spending their time doing?
I like how they urge their members to get involved. In other words, take our stance.
The tenets within the declaration can be refuted on every point. In fact, Kimberly Swygert has already done so and I suggest you go read her take on it.
My main point of conention is this; if these teachers feel so strongly about this issue, strong enough to vote on a resolution proclaiming their anti-war stance, I wonder how many of them are talking about it in the classrooms. School is no place for politicking. If my child came home and said either "my teacher said we should get out there and take a stance against the war," or "my teacher said we should get out their and support the war," I would be marching up to that school in a New York minute, especially if they were using the wording of that declaration to make their views known.
So they want to throw their support to a tyrannical dictator who kills his own people, flaunts his disregard for UN resolutions and thinks democracy is coercing his citizens to vote for him? Great. Great for them. Do it on their own time. Don't do it under the guise of being a teacher.