by: Jay Lassiter
Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 05:55:34 AM EST
(Throw in New Jersey Education Association Executive Director Vincent Giordano for good measure)--Barbara Keshishian is an ineffective leader who is doing infinitely more damage to public school students and teachers by staying on the job than her poorly-evolved self-awareness gene allows her to acknowledge. So I'll say it for her.
I'm sick of defending her and I am sick of defending the lousy job she's doing (not) advocating for kids, teachers and taxpayers.
The NJEA is a bloated, outdated mess that spends way too much money making teachers look bad and tax payers feel like chumps. Barbara Keshishian and her Union represent a major obstacle to progress in this state and as long as Barbara Keshishian is at the helm, I'll be here to bitch about it.
The NJEA also has a bit of a history screwing progressives, especially where gay rights are concerned. Follow me below the fold for a taste of what I mean.
Jay Lassiter :: The NJEA Sucks I'll give you two guesses which union was least helpful in the marriage equality fight. If you guessed the NJEA you're right!!Now guess which union was the fly in the ointment for the anti-bullying debate?
Now guess which NJ Union goes out of its way to spurn its natural allies because it doesn't want to come across as "ideological" or "progressive?"
If you guessed the NJEA you're (sadly) correct. So why would I stand with a self-serving organization which works so diligently AGAINST my values and my pocketbook?
Am I biased? Possibly bitter? Damn right I am. And I am guessing if your property tax bill was $18,000 a year you would be too.
Jay Lassiter a proud graduate of Great Mill High, a public school, in Southern Maryland.
Just rereading: the NJEA should support reproductive rights as part of advocating for its membership. But do I think it should oppose a Education Commissioner appointment only on the basis of the nominee being anti-choice?
No, I don't think so. But I'm open to being convinced otherwise.