The teachers unions have declared war on out children and grandchildren by keeping them out of the classrooms. Now it's time to declare war on the unions.
The science is so clear that schools should be, must be, open that it can no longer be denied. Even the hopelessly partisan has to see it. Every day, another story or study reveals the high price that children are paying to satisfy the teachers union's craven demands.
- From CNN: Analysis: Now we have proof that kids are paying the price of Covid
- From Washington Post: Europe’s schools still open, still relatively safe, through covid-19 second wave
- From a Chicago Sun-Times Letter-to-the-Editor: Kids are going to normal school in Florida, where parents and teachers are no less loving
Also beyond debate is how the teachers unions are the primary organized force against opening the schools to in-school instruction. Their acolytes are politicians captive of the unions by unabashedly dining on their generous campaign contributions.
Union leadership will try to justify their attack on the children by insisting that teachers must be protected from coronavirus infections. That no longer flies. The science unambiguously says that the teachers are less endangered than, say, grocery store clerks who daily risk their lives.
So, how do we get the schools open in the face of self-serving unions and cowardly politicians who won't do what's right for the children. Here's how:
By giving the gutless teachers unions a taste of their own medicine.
The highest priority is to make teachers' strikes illegal, as they once were. Oh sure, getting fraidy-cat Illinois legislators and Gov. J.B. Pritzker to cut the cord is nearly impossible. But it's time to get the ball rolling, to make it a perennial issue that will gain steam over the years. Make the unions divert more of their time, attention and money into fighting for their lives.
Direct action.Use Saul Alinsky tactics, so favored by the radical left and organized labor. I'm for picketing public officials in their homes, but if it comes to that, it must also be on the table. Teaxcher union officials deserve an ugly, in-your-face campaign.
Check out Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, the bible of direct action. He refers to the other side as the "enemy" and it has come to the point that the teachers union leaders have become the enemy of our children.
Among Alinsky's rules:
- Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
- Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
- Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. There is no defense. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
- Keep the pressure on.
- The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
- Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Target the union headquarters with noisy demonstrations. Research how the
teachers are benefiting--yes, benefitting--from the school closures. Are they still getting full salaries? What is their work load? Make friends in the media by giving them the kinds of stories they like, such as how the greedy are hurting the children, especially children in struggling and minority families.
Threaten to fight like crazy the next time a teacher contract comes up for renewal. Oppose pay, benefit and pension increases. Make yourself a force as powerful, if not more so, than organized labor.
Start recruiting candidates for school boards to challenge members who too easily cave into the union demands. Define the issue as one of independence and putting the children first.
Draw attention to the empty school rooms. Describe real life stories of the difficulty that parents and their children are experiencing.
The union leadership will go on the warpath, trying to cast parents who want their schools opened as heartless, cruel and spawn of satan. Turn that around on them: If anyone is cruel and heartless it is the union leader who demands complete loyalty from union members, whatever the cost to the students.
My teacher friends will hate me for saying all this and I regret that deeply. But just like Democrats blast Republicans for staying silent in the face of President Donald Trump's insanities, isn't it also time for rank-and-file teachers who truly love the children to stand up as unashamed advocates for those same children? Those who do will be castigated, but they will be real heroes,
Yes, the unions have the right to negotiate for higher pay, bigger pensions and munificent benefits, but shutting down the schools to feed their own self-interest cannot and must not be negotiable.
To paraphrase Karl Marx, parents of America, unite! You have nothing to lose but your children's chains.
Or paraphrase Howard Beale, "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take this anymore!"