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Sat Aug 22, 2015, 12:45 AM

Republicans' deep hatred for teachers can't be denied and they're not trying

It’s August, the heat is miserable, kids are going back to school and that means one thing for America’s conservatives: it’s the perfect time to take a cheap shot at the nation’s teachers.

John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio – who is generally considered less extreme than Texas Senator Ted Cruz, less dynastic than former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and less crazy than professional troll Donald Trump – recently said: “If I were, not president, if I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers’ lounges where they sit together and worry about ‘woe is us’.”

Kasich addressed a New Hampshire “education summit” sponsored by the 74 Million, an education “news site” which Huffington Post points out is run by failed CNN host Campbell Brown “despite having little to no training in education, and never having taught students herself.” Many other Republican presidential hopefuls, including Governors Bush, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Chris Christie of New Jersey, addressed the gathering.

Republicans love to hate teachers and imply that all the ills of US society are the result of their laziness. If only schools could be turned over to market forces and not held back by greedy teacher unions, conservative logic goes, everything would be fine – even though charter schools perform no better than traditional schools. Trying to bust unions in general (and those of teachers in particular) turns conservatives on as much as trying to deny climate change, defend the NRA, defund Planned Parenthood or battle for a check from the Koch brothers.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 05:40 AM

1. they want to do away with public schools

 

They don't want to pay taxes for poor people to go to school. I think they are trying to get it to an internet only school system. No teachers, no schools. They are already uses tablets for snow days. The other way to break the school system is the voucher schools which will fail. Only the rich deserve an education in their minds.

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Sat Aug 22, 2015, 06:39 AM

2. Enlightenment is the enemy of all despots. nt

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Response to ladjf (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 07:28 AM

3. +1

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 07:43 AM

4. One marvels at the seemless rhetoric.

Now a joke = hate against teachers.

Of course, the real hate is expressed by union busting.

Makes you wonder exactly what (R) think about teachers in a state like Texas, where we have a lot of teachers unions but no "teachers' union".

Or about the extreme love shown by (D) like Duncan and Rahm.

The problem is simple. Politicians require issues that they can claim credit for solving and newspapers requires issues that they can blame politicians for. You reflect your bias in your choice of stories.

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