Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.
In the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009—the latest year available—only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a “proficient” rating while another 2 percent earned an “advanced” rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below “proficient,” including 44 percent who earned a rating of “basic” and 22 percent who earned a rating of “below basic.”…
So, union-run, gold-plated public education systems don’t work. Who would have thunk it?
All of us, of course. We all know that the public school system is a failure – that it provides sub-standard product at a high price. This is because of the unions. The unions, it must be remembered, are not interested in whether or not the kids learn anything – such a thing is entirely irrelevant to union goals. Unions are interested in having the highest number of unionized employees doing the least amount of work possible for the highest possible pay and benefits package. This is just a fact of life; there is no escaping it.
And, so, the only way to fix education is to bring in another force which will counter-balance the claims of the unions. In this, Governor Walker and the Wisconsin GOP has hit the jackpot – terminate the ability of the unions to work out back room deals with bought politicians. This forces the unions to campaign for public approval for their plans, and by bringing in this public force to counter the union force, there is a chance that some actual efforts will be made at education. This is not union-busting (if it were, we’d be passing laws banning public employee unions) but a simple attempt to bring balance and democracy in to the running of our schools.
And they are our schools. Make no mistake about that. They don’t belong to the teachers. They don’t belong to the unions. They don’t belong to the government officials. They belong to us – they part of the property of we, the people. And we thus have the absolute authority to force them to be run in our interests…and our interest is in highly educated kids, not well paid union workers, nor politicians grafting with the union bosses.
The union stooges will not deter us. The corrupt union bosses will not scare us off. The Fleebagger Democrats will not arrest the march of reform. We will have our way in this matter. The time for real change has come.