Only the old folks like me remember back when unions were considered a Godsend. Then, the calender changed to 1960 and the times they were a'changin'.
I have absolutely no qualms with people getting as much money as they can get from their respective occupations. That said, teaching isn't all that hard mentally or physically, at least it doesn't HAVE to be, and instead of handling the problem of incredibly stupid kids from the bottom on up...meaning FAMILY VALUES comes first and foremost...no amount of cash is going to solve the problem of why Kizzaneshia can't read and Tyrone can't spell.
Discipline and attention to detail works wonders when raising a child. Just ask my Dad. He sent me to private schools that sat 45-50 children per class...one classroom, every subject, all the livelong day...and if I even dared of wasting his hard earned money by failing to do my best it was curtains and I knew it. I paid attention, or the forthcoming discipline was too frightening to imagine.
But it wasn't just the families that were held responsible once upon a time, but the teachers were, too. Unions were far from strong enough to do something dumb like requiring their membership to work and teach less in exchange for lots more money and time off. Plenty of people around that could teach and if you didn't like it, then find something else to do.
Not anymore. It's beating a dead horse to make mention of the bunko scheme that teachers and their unions have been perpetrating upon America and all I can say is thank the heavens for private schools that pop out one child after another who can pronounce his own name and even spell it correctly too.