Here’s How a Unionized Workforce Teaches Your Children (Warwick Example)


This sort of news never ceases to blow my mind, leaving me unable to understand how parents can stand for this sort of environment for their children’s education:

The implementation of electronic grading in the [Warwick] district has become a bargaining chip as the union and the School Committee continue to be locked in a contract dispute. …

Citing several other emails, Ahearn said parents would not speak publicly about the issue for fear that their children could face retaliation from teachers.

If the cost or other concerns keep the district away from online grading, that’s one thing, but for the district not to be able to fully use a system for which it is already paying $180,000 is outrageous.  Apply this same ridiculous standard across the educational board, and you’ll have a sense of why Rhode Island schools are struggling.  Add in the district’s chronic absenteeism, and the picture fills in as to why it’s so desperate to close down schools to keep pace with declining enrollment.

Of course, as Larry Sand notes while pointing out some WikiLeaks evidence that the National Education Association worked with the Democrat Party to undermine presidential endorsement votes, teachers don’t have much of a choice when it comes to their quote-unquote representation.

This arrangement isn’t advisable for any professional environment, but in a system meant to teach children, it’s simply unconscionable.  Teachers unions are top-down schemes to pay left-wing activists big bucks with taxpayer dollars so they coordinate with political operatives while manipulating education in a way that will radically change society.

  • Joe Smith

    There are probably plenty of issues to point out with public schools, but pointing out one recalcitrant district whose locked in a contract dispute when the article mentions something like 80% of the state is using on-line grading and there is legal authority for management to enforce its use is a bit disingenuous.

    The Warwick Supt is by far the highest paid superintendent and he has the legal ruling behind him so let’s see if he can earn his pay since management also has the right to terminate teachers who don’t follow the law.

    When the Principal of Prout High School writes a letter of apology for a catholic priest merely speaking church teachings – should that be taken as representative of catholic schools in RI? (Goodness, I don’t know how parents put up with catholic education where catholic teachings are not taught and probably why RI catholic schools are losing enrollment)..

    (not to take away from your point on larger union activism..I would say RI would benefit from something like WI Act 10..)

    • Justin Katz

      As a matter of fact, I had a good deal to say about the incident at Prout, and I do think it indicative of a bigger problem. The point in Warwick is that this little incident is an indication of a broader structural problem with a unionized workforce of teachers.