Sunday, March 06, 2011

Teachers, Contracts, and Wall Street

This has been widely discussed on the blogs and around the net, but in case there are people who haven't seen it yet, Jon Stewart had a wonderful segment on cutting education funding and the pr campaign against teachers. It is available on a variety of places on the web (just google "jon stewart" teachers), here is one link. Since this blog is syndicated I worry about the copyright aspects of embedding commercial videos.

Stewart shows clips of television commentators saying families earning over $250,000 a year are nearly at poverty level, and that Wall Street executives couldn't have their pay cut because they had contracts. These are compared with the same commentators saying teachers should have known bad times were coming and that their contracts wouldn't be honored and that they earn too much, at an average salary of $50,000. It is enlightening.

In the interest of full disclosure, as has been mentioned here before, I am a union member, with a contract (that has not been honored); I have a 401(k)and not a pension.

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