Teachers' unions imperil education

February 26, 2010

In reference to the article "Raise your schools' game, Obama urges governors" (Feb. 23), President Obama made a statement in relation to his goal to hopefully provide a quality education for all U.S. students in all subject areas, "That's what's at stake -- nothing less than our primacy in the world."

May I respectfully suggest that the president remove his head from the sand and address the realities existing in our educational profession? Numerous teachers' unions, all highly influenced by the National Education Association (NEA) with its millions and millions of members all supporting the Democratic Party, unfortunately appear to have lost sight of their stated mission: "We believe public education is the gateway to opportunity. All students have the human and civil rights to a quality public education that develops their potential, independence and character." Instead, it is obvious these unions are placing much more emphasis on their strong liberal political influence and job security for their members including the protection of tenure, while camouflaging and maintaining their nonproductive personnel (with the exception of a very few), who should really be fired, thereby severely weakening the results of our national educational profession.

While it's so easy to ascertain that education and politics don't mix, rest assured that the Democrats are not about to take any action that would rock their political boat overflowing with all of these liberal votes.

How sad and unfortunate there are so many politicians who are willing to sacrifice an improved education for our children while at the same protecting their own selfish political and personal interests.

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson

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