We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Considering that the traditional system of near-lifetime employment, degree- and salary-based pay scales and seniority privileges have done little to improve the nation's woeful public schools or attract talented people into teaching, the NEA and AFT will have difficulty defending the status quo.
Unionization is an insidious thing. It trades security for spirit and heart, changes opportunity and a sense of service into time-serving drudgery. In a rougher era, they were needed. They are obsolete now, and dying a slow death - except for the government employee unions. I blame the supposedly-sainted JFK for that dumb move.
Where the unions failed is that they became an appendage of the Democratic Party. In so doing they began to openly endorse positions that are irrelevant to the membership.
Furthermore, the current legal climate, for which the Democrats are as responsible as anybody, makes it difficult to impose uniform standards of learning and difficult to establish effective discipline in the classroom. A union that truly cared about its membership would move heaven and earth to secure effective tort reform, but it seems that everyone must be thrown under the trial lawyer bus.
1 Ship your grain across the sea;
after many days you may receive a return.
2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight;
you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
3 If clouds are full of water,
they pour rain on the earth.
Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north,
in the place where it falls, there it will lie.
4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
5 As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed[a] in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.
6 Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well.