September 17, 2012

As students fail in classrooms and in real life, they get Ds and Fs, they fail to graduate, to get a job. Teachers, too, need to be fairly evaluated, if necessary, failed. Getting in the door or staying in the system for 10 years or more is not a one-way ticket for being rewarded as the best teacher. When students fail, as parents, we are trained to inspect ourselves and try harder to help our kids, teachers, should not they do the same?

Everything in life is a matter of give and take, everything is a dance of expectations and compromises, constrained by circumstances. When the city is nearly broke, when the schools of Chicago are at the near bottom, and the teachers are being handsomely paid, and still guaranteed more and more, is there any ground for sending parents and students in a limbo? I would like to see some apologies to already-struggling parents who lost their jobs or their pay-checks because of this.

We all get routine quarterly evaluations, based on performance (yes), percentage of goals reached, and the company's performance as a whole, why teachers would not acknowledge they have failed our schools? Instead, they complained parents do not cooperate, students come in classrooms stoned.

Every year, hundreds of parents waiting/fighting anxiously over, betting their life, on one spot at schools like Hawthorne, why? Because there are so many schools that suck, that if you send your kids there, you practically ruin them for life. Why? Because those schools need to be completely transformed, reformed. You cannot say teachers have done a good job, you cannot say teachers deserve their eternal job security.

I love the teachers at Hawthorne, I love Miss Murphy, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Espinoza, Ms. Elsabaie, in fact, all the teachers. But I also love new teachers, I have seen them have such hard time getting in, where is their fair chance?

Despite all the concessions, despite giving in on all grounds, despite we put our jobs on hold, lock our kids at home, the union is still "UNHAPPY". Anything more to give in?

We will come back, Hawthorne will come back, after all, teachers need to teach, our kids need to be educated. Still, please know, if you treat all teachers without differentiation in the name of fairness , you are treating some teachers unfairly, you are treating students unfairly.

We will come back, but I must say, at least for me, the wound has been cut so deeply, it will take time to heal, trust to be rebuilt.

Union once is the voice is depressed and oppressed, now they are a voice of depressing and oppressing.

Yes, I am against UNION.

Against UNION

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As students fail in classrooms and in real life, they get Ds and Fs, they fail to graduate, to get a job. Teachers, too, need to be fairly evaluated, if necessary, failed. Getting in the door or staying in the system for 10 years or more is not a one-way ticket for being rewarded as the best teacher. When students fail, as parents, we are trained to inspect ourselves and try harder to help our kids, teachers, should not they do the same?

Everything in life is a matter of give and take, everything is a dance of expectations and compromises, constrained by circumstances. When the city is nearly broke, when the schools of Chicago are at the near bottom, and the teachers are being handsomely paid, and still guaranteed more and more, is there any ground for sending parents and students in a limbo? I would like to see some apologies to already-struggling parents who lost their jobs or their pay-checks because of this.

We all get routine quarterly evaluations, based on performance (yes), percentage of goals reached, and the company's performance as a whole, why teachers would not acknowledge they have failed our schools? Instead, they complained parents do not cooperate, students come in classrooms stoned.

Every year, hundreds of parents waiting/fighting anxiously over, betting their life, on one spot at schools like Hawthorne, why? Because there are so many schools that suck, that if you send your kids there, you practically ruin them for life. Why? Because those schools need to be completely transformed, reformed. You cannot say teachers have done a good job, you cannot say teachers deserve their eternal job security.

I love the teachers at Hawthorne, I love Miss Murphy, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Espinoza, Ms. Elsabaie, in fact, all the teachers. But I also love new teachers, I have seen them have such hard time getting in, where is their fair chance?

Despite all the concessions, despite giving in on all grounds, despite we put our jobs on hold, lock our kids at home, the union is still "UNHAPPY". Anything more to give in?

We will come back, Hawthorne will come back, after all, teachers need to teach, our kids need to be educated. Still, please know, if you treat all teachers without differentiation in the name of fairness , you are treating some teachers unfairly, you are treating students unfairly.

We will come back, but I must say, at least for me, the wound has been cut so deeply, it will take time to heal, trust to be rebuilt.

Union once is the voice is depressed and oppressed, now they are a voice of depressing and oppressing.

Yes, I am against UNION.

Monday, September 17, 2012
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September 13, 2012

Congratulations on the CTU win! Take your time to celebrate, take a breath, no worry about Friday. If you want to take next week off for whatever reasons, we are all for you. Besides, Chicago schools are pretty much all crap anyway. You have our hearts and souls. You have Rahm's heart and soul.

CTU almighty!

I learned some negotiation strategies from CTU, call it negotiation 101:

1) Control the conversation. Be front and center. Just like Karen Lewis. Do you see Rahm anywhere through this thing? Maybe for 5 mins.

2) Be sincere, make some good one-liners. For example, tell everyone on strike: "This is a difficult decision". "To beat a bully, you have to stand up a bully". Or something like that. If my kid ever get bullied, I am just going to ask her to throw bricks at the bullies. Man, the union is good!

3) Be adamant. Refuse any, every proposal, until the complete or near complete caving-in. Do not worry about being fashionably late at the negotiation table. Let's see who's the boss.

4) Rally your friends and allies. Tell them: hey, teachers, ya'all dance and sing, have a good time. Hell, they did have a good time. Now even better.

5) Prevent any possible revenge. Rahm, you city is going to go broke? Not my problem, show me your money. Or wait, that is taxpayers (parents) money. Not my problem.

6) Make it clear. If your enemy think they are close, tell them it aren't so.

Very well done, CTU.

Can I join?

Oh, too bad, all openings are full and will remain so for the next 100 year.


Negotiation 101 - Learning from CTU

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Congratulations on the CTU win! Take your time to celebrate, take a breath, no worry about Friday. If you want to take next week off for whatever reasons, we are all for you. Besides, Chicago schools are pretty much all crap anyway. You have our hearts and souls. You have Rahm's heart and soul.

CTU almighty!

I learned some negotiation strategies from CTU, call it negotiation 101:

1) Control the conversation. Be front and center. Just like Karen Lewis. Do you see Rahm anywhere through this thing? Maybe for 5 mins.

2) Be sincere, make some good one-liners. For example, tell everyone on strike: "This is a difficult decision". "To beat a bully, you have to stand up a bully". Or something like that. If my kid ever get bullied, I am just going to ask her to throw bricks at the bullies. Man, the union is good!

3) Be adamant. Refuse any, every proposal, until the complete or near complete caving-in. Do not worry about being fashionably late at the negotiation table. Let's see who's the boss.

4) Rally your friends and allies. Tell them: hey, teachers, ya'all dance and sing, have a good time. Hell, they did have a good time. Now even better.

5) Prevent any possible revenge. Rahm, you city is going to go broke? Not my problem, show me your money. Or wait, that is taxpayers (parents) money. Not my problem.

6) Make it clear. If your enemy think they are close, tell them it aren't so.

Very well done, CTU.

Can I join?

Oh, too bad, all openings are full and will remain so for the next 100 year.


Thursday, September 13, 2012
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September 12, 2012

I want to be a CPS teacher now. I have two master degrees in education. I want in completely for the love of children, for quality equcation, though a median 70k a year plus the vacations certainly do not hurt.

I love teaching, I love childrens, seriously, but the full benefit package certainly enhance my love 100 percent too.

I have a family, so they need coverage too. It is lovely that CPS just promised to freeze the health care rate for all us teachers. Damn, this strike thing works.

Do not get me wrong, I will work very hard, other than dealing the students who never want to read a word, the parents who never listen to me, I will prepare my lesson plans, at least once in 10 years. I will grade students' shitty 100-word essays that have 99 words spelt wrong. By the way, it is completely not my fault that those little monsters cannot spell, the class size is too big, there are at least 28 of them, there is only one of me. The weather is too hot, Chicago is too violent, and those stupid SATs or whatever is too hard. I am too fat, too old to give it a damn. So do not evaluate me.

If you have to evaluate me, please do evaluate what I do, which is a lot. Please forget about the test scores. What do those parents do? Do they ever listen to me?
Do they just expect I do all the work for them. LOL.

Response from CTU 1 year later:

Sorry, the CPS currently is full. please try again in 10 years. Please be warned, we have a pool of laid off teachers will be considered first.

Response from CTU 10 years later:
Sorry, the city of Chicago has bankrupted. Down with Rahm Emmuael. Long live the union.

I want to be CPS teacher now

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I want to be a CPS teacher now. I have two master degrees in education. I want in completely for the love of children, for quality equcation, though a median 70k a year plus the vacations certainly do not hurt.

I love teaching, I love childrens, seriously, but the full benefit package certainly enhance my love 100 percent too.

I have a family, so they need coverage too. It is lovely that CPS just promised to freeze the health care rate for all us teachers. Damn, this strike thing works.

Do not get me wrong, I will work very hard, other than dealing the students who never want to read a word, the parents who never listen to me, I will prepare my lesson plans, at least once in 10 years. I will grade students' shitty 100-word essays that have 99 words spelt wrong. By the way, it is completely not my fault that those little monsters cannot spell, the class size is too big, there are at least 28 of them, there is only one of me. The weather is too hot, Chicago is too violent, and those stupid SATs or whatever is too hard. I am too fat, too old to give it a damn. So do not evaluate me.

If you have to evaluate me, please do evaluate what I do, which is a lot. Please forget about the test scores. What do those parents do? Do they ever listen to me?
Do they just expect I do all the work for them. LOL.

Response from CTU 1 year later:

Sorry, the CPS currently is full. please try again in 10 years. Please be warned, we have a pool of laid off teachers will be considered first.

Response from CTU 10 years later:
Sorry, the city of Chicago has bankrupted. Down with Rahm Emmuael. Long live the union.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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I have been raging against CTU, every moment i read the news, every moment I saw the teachers in red dancing on the streets, at the CTA platforms, blocking the traffic ...

I am too small, too inarticulate, too powerless, too much of nothing.

But I am still raging, every day I say Goodbye to my two little girls who have to stay home, my oldest daughter has to play teacher for her little sister while my husband sleeps after working overnight.

I am raging, knowing the teachers making scandalously low progress or no progress in teaching, knowing that they make unreasonably, unjustifiably high salaries (710000 mean average) than every other working folks and they are still asking for more, and they are still taking all the winter vacations, summer vacations, spring breaks ...

I am raging, when I see them holding signs saying: "This is not about money". Yes, not just about money, it is about not taking responsibility, accountability. It is about fighting for their own rights, while leaving the children who they are supposed to be teaching, they are paid to teach, on the streets, at home.

I am raging, raging at city or the whole system is making concessions after concessions, being held by the nose, not able to fight back.

I am raging that I am not among the rich, that I can just pluck my kids out of the system and leave.

I am raging, knowing once this settled, once teachers laughed at everyone on their face, get their money, their pensions, their unshakable job securities, I have to send my kids back, yet I would forever have to view them from a different angle ...

I am raging ...

Raging against CTU

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I have been raging against CTU, every moment i read the news, every moment I saw the teachers in red dancing on the streets, at the CTA platforms, blocking the traffic ...

I am too small, too inarticulate, too powerless, too much of nothing.

But I am still raging, every day I say Goodbye to my two little girls who have to stay home, my oldest daughter has to play teacher for her little sister while my husband sleeps after working overnight.

I am raging, knowing the teachers making scandalously low progress or no progress in teaching, knowing that they make unreasonably, unjustifiably high salaries (710000 mean average) than every other working folks and they are still asking for more, and they are still taking all the winter vacations, summer vacations, spring breaks ...

I am raging, when I see them holding signs saying: "This is not about money". Yes, not just about money, it is about not taking responsibility, accountability. It is about fighting for their own rights, while leaving the children who they are supposed to be teaching, they are paid to teach, on the streets, at home.

I am raging, raging at city or the whole system is making concessions after concessions, being held by the nose, not able to fight back.

I am raging that I am not among the rich, that I can just pluck my kids out of the system and leave.

I am raging, knowing once this settled, once teachers laughed at everyone on their face, get their money, their pensions, their unshakable job securities, I have to send my kids back, yet I would forever have to view them from a different angle ...

I am raging ...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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