Disgraceful: Chicago students say teachers are encouraging them to join strike

Apparently the Occupy Movement’s pledge of solidarity wasn’t enough for some Chicago public school teachers. They’ve got their eyes on younger, more impressionable supporters — their students.

Chicago Teachers Union members are urging kids to support their cause by joining strikers on the picket line, according to some students on Twitter. But the students appear less than enthusiastic about the wildly inappropriate attempt to make a teachable moment out of a hostile progressive political fight. Evidently sleep takes priority over indoctrination.




One teacher allegedly resorted to bribery.

Keep it classy, CTU members. Do Chicago parents know teachers are coercing their kids into joining labor bullies in their left-wing temper tantrum?

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    “We’re going on strike because we’re not getting paid enough for the crappy jobs we do! Oh, and we’ll take the kids with us as well!”

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  • allenbarr

    if you have a goverment job you have very good benifits so why would these teachers stike.

    • brewers_rule

      Because the provision the city (a small kudos to Mayor, and former Obama chief of staff, Emanuel) wanted to include in the contract was to tie more merit-based pay and ability to deal with the bad teacher apples to the kids’ test scores. The teachers wanted that stripped out so basically they can keep the gravy train going as the kids continue to flounder.

  • J. Cox

    The strike is less about money than it is about accountability.If merit raises and having the ability to fire bad teachers ever take hold…the teachers union is doomed…they know this,which is why they promote bad failing teachers and schools.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      And also like Wisconsin did, stop allowing union dues to be deducted from paychecks.

  • weRbroke

    Karen Lewis just rallied the CTU to flush Chicago’s school system and it’s victims, the kids. The only way to end this is to lock them out and go charter and call in every media camera you can to DOCUMENT the unhinging of a group of ‘educated” adults that were originally entrusted with the kids education.
    FILM EVERYTHING and blast it on facebook and twitter.

    • Cyborg0012

      Breitbart needs some people down there on the ground. I know if AB were still alive he’d be there with his camera and laptop.

  • brewers_rule

    Simply amazing. When they want more govt health care, they trot out the “think of the” children. When they need more money in contract talks, they take them to the picket lines while the kids get progressively more behind other nations. Not to say conservatives don’t do the same when “protecting” kids from things but it’s just so sad teachers pretend to have the kids’ best interests at heart when all it’s about is tenure and their wallets.

    • weRbroke

      If you want to know why our kids keep getting further behind? Pay attention to the number of teachers in positions that do not teach formal Sciences like math, life sciences or physics.
      They have thrown in support for all the behavioral and social sciences though. Our school has 4 social studies teachers, two english, two math, and two science teachers. Then there is the spanish teacher, the art teacher, music dept, wood shop and welding. Ag and Family and Consumer Sciences (home ec)
      it becomes clearer that the Liberal controlled public education system is churning out a nation of kids with critical thinking skill sets that match the thought processes of the material they are presented, especially when you realize they changed reading comprehension to reading repeater, focusing on a childs ability to parrot what they have read, not digesting the meaning of what they read. With the exeption of stand alone HISTORY based on facts, all other is largely based on interpretations.
      They really don’t want kids to develop a scientific, logical based thought process, they want them to run on emotions and the pseudo crap. mindless drones for the march towards FAIR collectivism. It starts in Head Start “EVERYONE MUST SHARE.” giving the bully the toy he just ripped from someone elses hands. REward the taker, and publicly scold the victim…Collectivism is a concept foreign to anyone that values the importance of individual freedoms and those right to claim ownership to their own fruits. To any child who has never had to EARN their own rewards, it frees them to take what they want and claim it is only “FAIR”.
      No wonder kids of today’s generation hit the adult ground running and run into the brick wall of reality. Either they learn to climb the wall or whine and Occupy something other than a job.

  • radhat

    Based on the grammar in the above tweets from students, I’d say the teachers should be happy with what they’re getting, and hope to God nobody notices their students’ evident lack of education.

  • Grammie

    In addition to the criminal (if it isn’t it should be) coercion of children the tweets above prove that their students are virtually illiterate.

    An equitable resolution to the strike would be to immediately cut their pay and benefits by 50%. Then require them to work their way back to the current level by educating the students in their charge to, at minimum, be able to produce a cogent grammatically correct tweet.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I think your last sentence would guarantee budget savings for years to come!

    • Shawn Smith

      To be entirely fair, Twitter (and text messaging in general) rewards economy of characters. While I don’t do it myself, I’ve long ago stopped judging those by the same standards as text in longer forms.

  • 101st Airborne

    If they spent more time focusing on educating their students then we just may improve our education system, and improve our scores….just sayin:(

  • dmaynard

    Wow..so let’s take unverified comments from, I’m sorry to say, sounds like some pretty ungrateful and disrespectful teenagers with comments like ”
    HELL NAW imma be in my bed sleep” and “like gurl what the fuck do I look like” who appear to be REALLY awesome students by their terrible grammar and spelling, and THIS is what is used as fodder for ”
    labor bullies in their left-wing temper tantrum”? Really? So labor issues in this country, and what labor unions (not JUST teachers) have fought (and died for), are now distilled to left-wing “bullies” throwing a “tantrum” for a conservative anti-labor circle jerk? Quite frankly, I’m sensing some resentment from this article in the sense that, while I agree it’s inappropriate to expect a student to strike with you, what is so wrong with making students aware of labor issues? The fight for workers rights, which just as big a part of this country’s history as any other situation its been in? “Indoctrination”? More like maybe opening some eyes and minds to the fact of how business, unregulated, will default to fuck the working class over if it contributes to their bottom line. Oh, that’s OK, but we can’t have students these being aware about the trials and tribulations of Labor. That would be too “honest” of us. FFS

    • Ginger

      So how do YOU think teachers should be graded?

      • dmaynard

        By first establishing what we want from our educational system and work from there

        • Ginger

          I want the educational system to actually teach my kids, facts not ideology.

      • chetnapier

        How about a yearly test if they don’t know the subject matter then they don’t work.

        • Ginger

          It’s not enough to know the material, one has to be able to teach it effectively.

    • wilson1

      As long as both sides of the Labor issue are taught. Please teach them about the coal mines in WV, but, don’t forget to teach them about the corruption. Please teach them about the Steel Mills, but, don’t forget to include the modern ties to the communist party and the bullying and the lawlessness.

      • dmaynard

        Fair enough, I never said labor unions and corruption are mutually exclusive. And I’m not certain why ties to the Communist party should be anything to be concerned with. Advocation of labor wasn’t coming from the capitalist establishment unfortunately. :)

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Some Americans, like myself, believe that NO government employee should be allowed to be in a union. When an employee is in a union, their first loyalty is to the union. If you are working for a government, your first loyalty SHOULD be to the citizens of your government, who are paying the taxes which pay your salary.

      • dmaynard

        Well first off, I work as a public employee and I’m a union member. My first loyalty is to my job, of which only 15% of my pay comes from public taxes (the rest is through other avenues of funding such as grants and fees) . The vast majority of the members I contact with also take their job very seriously and the union is only involved if there is a dispute or violation of the contract. While I can’t speak for every union organization not all are the same, and I think it’s unfair and disservice to those employes to say their loyalty and service isn’t to the people they serve.

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          But when your union goes to negotiate with government for a contract, they are negotiating with politicians that they have donated money to for campaigning. It is basically a money laundering scheme and the taxpayers lose every time.

        • redheadgrl

          I’ve never understood why people would willingly give part of their income to a union to speak on their behalf instead of letting their performance speak for itself. I know unions had their place in history, but today it seems they only promote mediocrity.

  • dmaynard

    So I see some people saying teachers are afraid of “merit-based” accountability. Regardless that the same said accountability of our politicians are floundering, but let’s pick on the teachers for a moment. Let’s see those people in the comments put yourselves in their shoes for a time. You are required to instill in an (mostly) apathetic individual a love for learning, to do so (most) of the time with limited resources, to do so with the pressure of school boards and parents who helicopter around their “snowflakes” 24/7 and scream bloody murder should you accurately grade their performance. You not only put the hours IN the classroom, but you also put many hours outside of the classroom, identifying troubled students, students with learning disabilities, creating IEP’s, advancing curriculum, dealing with disinterest, dealing with unreasonable administration, dwindling resources, and more. Now I ask you, HOW would YOU like to be graded? What would be fair to YOU, as an educator, of how you should merited? Should it be solely on the academic success of students on standardized tests? That they are good citizens and participate positively in their community? That obtain good jobs upon graduation? Or some combination of all of those? If so, how would you want to be graded if you kept having limited resources/time/energy to educate a CHILD which isn’t a WIDGET who, no matter how much we want them to just PLUG-IN to a learning system, not every child learns the same and teachers need to recognize and teach to THAT aspect. I await some answers.

    • Smart Grunt

      I went to public schools all my life, but never relied on them for my education. I read every text book cover to cover the first week I got them. I had some great teachers that went above and beyond, and several that were punching the card. Hell, I even taught Algebra II to my classmates because the teacher was only there to pass out assignments before leaving to gossip with other teachers.

      I’m perfectly fine with being graded. I’m in the Marines, and I get evals every year, or more depending on the situation. My evals are based on my performance, and even the performance of my subordinates. If they fail, I’m held accountable because I either failed to train them, gave them unclear guidance, didn’t supervise their tasks, or take any corrective action.

      My wife is a professor, and I know about some of the headaches teachers go through trying to teach the lazy and disinterested. It’s hard, but anyone with a real job gets evaluated. Evals aren’t an evil tool. They are used to see how well or how poorly someone is performing. And if they can’t do the job, it’s time to let them go.

      • dmaynard

        I never said evals are an evil tool, but we also need to be careful about how that tool is deliberated and again, what exactly is the grading metric by which teachers should be held too? Student performance in grades? Community participation? Standardized testing? I’m interested in knowing because quite frankly “merit based performance” can quickly became “let’s fire teachers we don’t like for X reason”. That is what I fear, arbitrary decision making.

        • Smart Grunt

          I prefer using standardized testing over grades, but even that can be cheated (check out the cheating scandal in Atlanta). Grades don’t always reflect student knowledge. Some teachers grade on a curve, instead of to standard. I’m a big believer in firing teachers that don’t perform because I have had bad teachers that should have been canned long ago. Reasons to fire a teacher: Poor performance and bad conduct. There should be cause for the firing. I also think that throwing more money at a problem is reinforcing failure, something we’re taught not to do in the Marines. If it didn’t work before, how is more money going to necessarily make it better? Are better paid teachers really more effective? No. About 80% of Chicago 8th graders don’t have the reading comprehension skills or math skills required for their level. If the teachers actually taught the subject, maybe it would improve. I understand the difficulty of teaching people without the proper knowledge base. My wife deals with it, and has not changed her standards just to pass people. Her students are majority black, poor, and don’t have the writing skills needed for college. However, many of her students (the ones who show up), make significant progress on the standardized tests – enough to move to courses that actually get college credit.

    • wilson1

      Nice rant from someone who is obviously afraid of “merit-based” accountability. There are good teachers out there, they are the ones who have a passion for it, who view it as their calling in life. A good teacher welcomes the review and opportunity for improvement, a poor teacher is scared and whines about being “judged”.
      The teachers who seem to whine the most really need to consider their career choices, if you don’t have a passion for teaching then do us all a favor and find a career that you can enjoy.

      • dmaynard

        I’m not afraid of any FAIR performance evaluation. I’ve worked with various academic institutions for years and very few have a workable performance evaluation that isn’t open to abuse or potentially undermining from management. That being said, the issue is more than just teachers “whining” because they may be evaluated, the issue is more than that and you know it if you have any experience with collective bargaining. Fair and equitable treatment is paramount but that somehow becomes distiller down to either “whining” or “bullying” and that sort of discussion isn’t going to get us anywhere.

        • redheadgrl

          But that is one of the problems here, collective bargaining. These teachers aren’t focusing on themselves or their own performance, but the collectives’. Which always seems to lead to mediocrity. You even say it yourself, “fair and equitable treatment is paramount”. Why would you want a teacher who slacks off and performs way under you to get the same “fair” merit increase? How does that motivate any teacher to do better?
          Also, how is 30K people in the streets of Chicago not bullying?

        • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

          I found it not only disconcerting to read this article, but also your post which made me also feel rather put-off by your pithy phrase of, “I’ll try and break it down for ya’.”

          I can understand the requirement fair evaluation, but like another gentleman pointed out — wouldn’t you rather NOT be evaluated based on how another teacher/instructor was doing? Especially if that person was not performing to your own standards?

          I think that a Fair Evaluation should culminate in a number of things. Not simply standardized testing, but also supervised evaluation of the teacher’s atmosphere in class. I think to that like Doctors or Nurses or other professionals who have to keep up with the times, shouldn’t it also be asked that they are accredited during the Summer Semester? (The last part, I’m not sure if they are in some states, and aren’t in others).

          These things should be done twice yearly. And the teachers should then be held accountable. What is so wrong with that?

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      One answer, put some paragraph breaks into your argument.

      • dmaynard

        I’ll try and break it down for ya.

    • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

      I’d come up with a cogent reply, but I’m exhausted after homeschooling my three children, in three different grades, after working a part-time job from home before they get up, then going to work after their dad comes home and working my part-time night job. Here’s the best I’ve got for you: Fire your unions, get rid of your six-salary administrators, and consider teaching *facts,* instead of liberal drivel.

  • $1718659

    Well why not join the teachers? They have indoctrinated these imbeciles with all other liberal crap already anyway.

  • BeeKaaay

    Do we really need more evidence that public schools are indoctrination factories for leftwingwackoism?

  • http://twitter.com/StroKevin Kevin Alderman

    Dear Chicago Parents, you do know that CTU dues are taken directly out of their paychecks? So, in essence, YOU are paying their salaries AND union dues.

  • BigTBoom

    Some audio recordings of this would have been very interesting, like Hunter Rogers recorded argument with Tanya Dixon-Neely.

  • nc

    Echoes of Madison…and we know how that one turned out.

  • M. Gonzalez

    I think it is quiet the opposite of disgraceful. The fight that the Chicago’s teacher is not only one that they has embarked on is not only one for themselves, but one for the students of the Chicago Public Schools. The changes and things that the union is asking for is for the benefit of the students, this is just as much their fight. Teaching isn’t a luxurious job, teachers do their job for the students, I believe that it is important that students become involved with this strike.

  • SK

    The kids need to stop sleeping in and cause mischief like good little kids! I know what I would have done if my teachers did this!! TP their homes! lol

  • Reta Lane

    I can see why so many kids are screwed up now by reading all the childish remarks on here. I don’t get where people think teachers have great pay and great pensions. In Oklahoma, teachers with a Masters degree start out at around 33,000 and it isn’t much more for a doctorate degree. If you stay 20 years, you can end up making around 45,000 a year. Also teachers don’t just show up at 8:00 and leave at 2:45. They have to be there early and they stay late. They have meetings with parents and conferences. They grade papers and do lesson planning. They start school earlier then the children and ends later for them. They have to put with all the kids that so many of you parents don’t teach them morals, respect or intelligence but you want them to do the job for you. If you see a screwed up kid, it is usually because of the parent or the lack of parenting. 60 percent of all babies are born to unwed mothers and people blame the teachers for the behavior. It should be the problem of the parents but not anymore.

    • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

      You left out the part where many — the ones I know personally — also have three months off, meaning your “a year” statistics are a bit squirrely. And, you also omitted the federal and state holidays that teachers enjoy. I got a laugh out of your rant about those poor, poor teachers being forced to teach kids morals. Perhaps it’s time for teachers to tell their unions to tell the administrators — whew! — to insist that they stop teaching sex education in public schools…seeing as how teachers, according to you, are doing a seriously poor job of sex education!

      • Orangeone

        Let’s not forget about all the days off for “conferences”.

  • LDM

    Just by the children’s grammar, it’s safe to assume that these teachers are not doing their jobs. Fire them and replace them with better, more knowledgeable teachers!

    • Orangeone

      And stop passing the kids to the next grade because of the color of their skin. Raise the standards, less than 90% of a difficult test, repeat grade.

  • KK in FL

    Instead of teaching them about unions and collective bargaining rights why don’t they teach them about… oh, I don’t know…. MATH or READING?!?!? My husband is a teacher for a charter school and makes $35k a year and happily woke up and went to work today. Fire them all! There are enough teachers looking for jobs to fill those positions!

  • edward cropper

    Mayor Emanuel has made a new offer to teachers

  • Botzilla

    When Scott Walker stripped the public sector unions in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights the teachers protested, my daughter was forced to sit in the hallway of her school in support of the teachers, anybody wearing red(republicans) was asked to change to something blue in solidarity. When I found out I contacted the school board and STRONGLY voiced my displeasure of using my child as one of their political pawns, the next day all the kids were back in class. Only a single school board member contacted me afterwards to apologize, the remaining SB members were all in support of the teachers. I would say a large percentage of teachers could care less about actual teaching, its all about the benefits, and putting their time in so they can retire with full pension at age 55.

  • Timmy Devo

    ….just another example of how our kids are being brainwashed with liberal ideology in the public school system. Guess what? 99% of this progressive social engineering crap occurs in the intercity public schools; and you wonder why most kids are failing in those schools?
    NEA & ATU are the reasons people do not respect teachers as a whole. Unions only exist for themselves and not for the individuals they are supposed to represent. I respect the teachers at my kids’ school because they do not allow the crap unions to get in the way of what is important – teaching the kids.

  • RW Reagan

    Don’t these morons realize they work for us? If you choose to be a “public servant” then you shouldn’t make demands of the public who pays your salary. Dump ’em all…

  • RightStuff

    Public sector unions should be outlawed. Traitors should be arrested, tried, and jailed.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Well first off, I work as a public employee and I’m a union member. My first loyalty is to my job, of which only 15% of my pay comes from public taxes (the rest is through other avenues of funding such as grants and fees).

    How could anyone miss that?

    The lion’s share of grants & even many fees are simply government transfer payments.

    It has become so bad that now the Proggies are passing funds through private foundations.

    Public money’s given in a grant to a private foundation. That foundation then cuts checks for grants equal to the grant they recieved from Uncle Sugar (minus handling, of course…).

    In my youth it was called “money laundering”. Now they call it Progressive…

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    It does not shock me that not only did teachers ask this of their students, nor that some resorted to bribery. What really gets me? The ass-haberdashery grammar used by some of these tweeting student. And we wonder why students fail to understand basic concept, history and math? Honestly? You’ve got to be kidding me!

  • Paul C.

    Nice exploit the children cause we want a 25% raise, etc. Bleed the public. Teacher unions like this suck.

  • Paul C.

    Nice exploit the children cause we want a 25% raise, etc. Bleed the public. Teacher unions like this suck.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Need I point out that I was born 1916, in the hinterlands, and attended a school that had one classroom, (w/teacher’s room — what’s called now-a-days a “studio apartment” attached — but the toilet was a separate building…).

    We had five grades all in the same room, taught by the same teacher.

    We only had a fifth grade because we were an up&coming farming community. Many places weren’t so well off!

    More children for that one teacher, yet we were better educated! Sometime find a typical test from 1925, and you’ll laugh at the whining “teachers” of today.

    In fairness, it isn’t entirely their fault. Teachers today — any teacher who’s “earned” their degree in education as apposed to a subject, (such as math, chemistry, English, or history) — is set-up to fail.

    They’re told bilge about how to teach, told they’re not responsible for a child’s failure to learn and that (a) it’s the parent’s fault b/c they’re uninvolved (b) only an expert-educated teacher can properly teach a child. Note (a)&(b) are — in most cases, anyway — mutually exclusive, unless “parent involvement” is defined as having no input beyond cheerleading.

    I’ve a son who has phud-ed twice: mathematics and mechanical engineering, with masters in electrical engineering and ancient Japanese literature (the latter was “for fun” — yeah, he has eclectic tastes…).

    He’s had teachers — speaking to him as if he’s mentally handicapped — patiently explain how unqualified he was to teach his children mathematics because he was insufficiently worried about their self-esteem. You see, he put arriving at the correct answer over the child’s feelings! One teacher even told him that insisting on correct answers bordered on child abuse! And yes, she was serious!

    When their family made the move to home schooling, after their sixth, their children — who’d been indifferent students at school but when my son or his wife tutored them they’d perk-up — started flourishing! They couldn’t get enough!

    Today, that son’s ten children — my grandchildren — are married and raising families of their own. They started w/home schooling, not even trying public schools.

    They have disdainful of public schooling. My Granddaughter-in-Law has a ph.d in botany, but went back & got a M.Ed. She has nothing but ill to say about the education degree industry, comparing it unfavorably with the patent-medicine & snake oil industries. A favorite statement of hers is:’ although they’re all faddish & pseudoscience in equal measure the snake oil sales industry attracts the more honest salesman!’

    She’s sympathetic to the student in ed programs, saying they’re just too inexperienced to see that what’s taught them is worse than useless.

    So, I say: let’s go back to local control w/teachers uncorrupted by the tenure system. At anything below University level it’s silly anyway.

  • Cyborg0012

    It’s all good. He started a movement and inspire so many to speak up for themselves. It’s too powerful to stop now and continues on well after his tragic passing. I’m sad he’s gone, but his wonderful work certainly does live on strong.

    I’m sorry you dwell in your life of rage and and bitter envy towards him; you should find something positive and engage in that activity.

  • $1718659

    Libtard POS. Piss off.

  • Orangeone

    You’re talking about Whitney Houston aren’t you?

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  • indiegirl

    hmmmm. as eloquent as what @bemott was responding to…