Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 10:05pm

I'm an MNEA member, i.e., a union teacher. My students are ranked at the top in the country on their national exams. They often score an 800 on the SAT II test in my (specialization) area. So being a union teacher is neither here nor there.

To make a school work at its best, you need cooperation between the administration, faculty, students and parents. Charter schools are about that cooperation and what is best for a school. The “one size fits all” attitude is part of the problem with education today — not the “union teachers.”

Posted by “howelln” 

Filed under: City Voices

66 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 12/16/10 at 12:11

Oh, they were in communion, HP, not in a union...brides of Christ they were.

I had the hard-core order of nuns...the Sisters of De Sade. They wore hooded, black leather habits, with thigh-high jack-boots complete with heel-toe taps and crucifix-like spurs...each sister wore a silver-plated Harley primary drive chain around her waist, as a metallic cinch-belt, (and emergency weapon). they wore some kind of ceremonial bandanna over their mouths and noses....all we kids could see were their fiery eyes. They spoke with thick Eastern European accents...they were large women.

By: slacker on 12/16/10 at 12:24

Mother Teresa tried to form a union, and the Pope transferred her arse to Calcutta.

By: treefrogdk on 12/16/10 at 12:42

oohhh Laws... yogi has a passport. and was in the navy?
manotin: are you sure you're not my exwife?


By: AmyLiorate on 12/16/10 at 1:48

I fell asleep reading a dull book, and I dreamt that I was reading on, so I woke up from sheer boredom.

By: Loner on 12/16/10 at 1:51

That's pretty profound stuff, Amy. Like forgetting to remember to forget.

By: manotin on 12/16/10 at 2:08

When I was in college, I was required to write correctly in every single class. If my grammar was poor, in any class, it was counted against me. If a college educated professional cannot write well, it reflects poorly on the professional. If the professional is an educator, it reflects poorly on the profession. Algebraic skills are not required for good communication.

By: gdiafante on 12/16/10 at 2:40

Manotin, there are two spaces between sentences. I learned that in high school.


By: yogiman on 12/16/10 at 2:41


They said they were a math teacher, not an English teacher.

One point of view; many of us make type errors when using these slow poke machines. We're tying too damn fast and the computer can't keep up with us.

By: dargent7 on 12/16/10 at 2:48

Got the same douche- bags over at The Tennessean.
One guy always busts my chops for using two "t's" in masturbate. That's how I was raised.
Then they say U-M is a "girlie" school, the Lions are loosers, and the Tigers never actually won the '68 and '84 World Series.
Oh, and Magic Johnson never graduated from Michigan State.
And finish off with Obama was born in Kenya to white parents.

By: yogiman on 12/16/10 at 3:05


When you spell Navy, you make darn sure you capitalize the word Navy! What wuz you, a marine?

By: gdiafante on 12/16/10 at 3:09

It doesn't surprise me that yogi was in the Navy.

And you capitalize Marine, squid.

By: yogiman on 12/16/10 at 3:20

Captain Nimrod.... excuse me again Captain Nemo. Sir (as I use the term loosely), regarding your 8:46 post about us folks special law firm. I can understand your jealousy But not only no, but hell no , you ain't joining in that firm with us. We're particular as to whom we allow into that there firm to have parties with.

By: conservarage on 12/16/10 at 3:28

logic fail.

just because 1 union teacher is a good teacher, doesn't make unions good for education or mean that any other union teacher is as good.

By: yogiman on 12/16/10 at 3:33

I understand, gdiafante, you capitalize the spelling of the name of all services when writing of said service . I was simply trying to be a little facetious. I guess it didn't get through to you.

By: house_of_pain on 12/16/10 at 3:35

Well, don't ask me...I was a "Zoomie"...

By: HokeyPokey on 12/16/10 at 4:06

As usual, Florida's Rick Scott has the answer: http://bit.ly/fzpYZg