PHOTO: Carrie Peck is a teacher on special assignment who specializes in Steam (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) at both Nelson and Sunset Elementary Schools in La Puente. She teaches from her backyard due to the coronavirus pandemic in Hacienda Heights on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)
Teachers perform a valuable function.
There, I’ve mentioned the obligatory disclaimer.
Necessary because there’s a faction that truly believes teachers walk on water and are above even the slightest criticism.
No one disputes what an important role they fill. Their job is difficult and challenging to say the least.
When it comes to public relations, however, the profession as a whole has flunked the course.
I don’t know members of any other occupation, you name it, police, firefighter, the military, pilot, nurse, that constantly complains as much about how tough they have it. When they act that way they are not doing themselves any favors.
During my lengthy career I’ve done a ton of public relations (PR) work. A ton.
There is no question in my mind that the profession that does the absolute worst job of PR are the teachers. They are their worst enemies. The more they pout, the more they lose public support.
Tough job, naturally. But they lose major points thanks to their constant whining and moaning and groaning and woe is me campaign.
Sorry. When it comes to tough jobs you’re not even in the Top 25. No, those spots are reserved for the military, police, fire, surgeons, nurses, EMTs, airplane pilots, taxi drivers, construction worker, truck driver, corrections officer.
According to this assessment, teachers need to get in line to complain.
Last August Rich Lowry wrote in the National Review:
No other group has shown as much contempt for its own work during the coronavirus crisis as teachers.
Their unions are actively fighting to keep kids out of the classroom, and also to limit remote instruction, lest it require too much time and attention from people who are supposed to be wholly devoted to educating our children.
This has been a wrenching time in the U.S. labor market, with tens of millions thrown out of work, and also an inspiring one. Workers we never before would have thought of as essential — grocery store employees, delivery guys, meat-packing workers — have kept absolutely necessary parts of the economy operating even while most of their fellow Americans were staying at home.
Not only have doctors and health care workers put themselves on the line, cops and firefighters have done the same.
It’s not correct to say all of these people have done their jobs uncomplainingly — many have worried, understandably, about their safety and wanted more protections. But all have shown up. All have been there, during the horrific spring outbreak, during a brief respite and during the current summer resurgence.
Anyone who doesn’t acknowledge our debt to them is a thoughtless ingrate.
Then, there are the teachers unions.
Theirs has been a diametrically opposed approach to the everyday heroes of America. Their first and last thought has been of their own interests. They have sought to limit their labor while still getting paid — at the ultimate cost of the education of kids who may never fully make up the gaps in their learning during their time out of the classroom.
That was last summer. Conditions haven’t changed. Gotten worse, actually.
Do the teacher unions know what a God-awful job they’re doing at PR? It’s possible they do in Los Angeles where those union teachers have been sneaky and conniving, warning teachers to not post vacation pictures. Related.
Now there are reports angry Los Angelenos are out waiting to snap photos of teachers outside their homes enjoying themselves rather than teaching.
GO GET EM!!!