Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We all know old people are parasites, but what about teachers?

I have been blasting our elderly population as of late for being the primary reason our society is going to hell in a hand basket.  You know, sucking up Social Security payments, Medicare, Medicade, prescription drugs and in Chicago until lately, free bus rides: all simply because of how long they have been around, and no other productive reason.  A recent statistic came to light to prove this point: several decades ago, the percentage of our older population living under the poverty line ( in 1949, I believe, or close to then) was 39%.  As of 2009, that percentage has dropped to 8%.  This statistic clearly indicates that we are simply transferring the wealth of our nation to oldsters for no other reason than their age.
This is unsustainable.  I have been saying that old poeple are killing us with this transfer, and that nearly 6 out of everey 10 dollars coming out of the U.S. Treasury in the form of entitlement payments are for old people (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the biggies). They are public enemy #1. 

But who's #2?  Public school teachers, of course.  Yes, those folks who have custody of our children for six to eight hours daily, Monday through Friday.  And they are not doing the job that their predecessors did, either: check out the questions that were on an 8th grade math test in 1895:

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

Our 8th graders today can barely read, much less answer a single question above, thanks to our current crop of parasitic public school teachers.  These public teachers, all members of teachers unions, incidentally, work for 30 years, and retire in their early 50's at 75% or so of their salaries for the rest of their lives.  And they receive other benefits during this idle time as well.  And who pays for these parasites to retire in luxury in their Boca Raton condos? 

WE DO!

Us private sector schmucks, who work our entire lives until we drop dead (or retire on our hard earned portfolios), and we are paying these blood sucking teachers to lay around in their hammocks on the beach, sipping their Mai Tais for up to 30 years or more on OUR DIME!

When I went to my elementary public school in the early 1960's, the entire school of 200 kids, K through 6th grade, was taught, managed and maintained by a staff of around 16 people:
  • The principal
  • Two administrators
  • School nurse
  • 10 teachers
  • 1 janitor 
  • 1 general maintenance employee
Now a similar school in 2011 will have the following:
  • 1 Principal
  • 2 Vice Principals
  • 10 or more administrators
  • 30 teachers (to include gym teachers, art teachers, music teachers, choir teachers, etc)
  • 2 school nurses
  • a nurse's aide
  • 10 cafeteria workers
  • 4 janitors
  • 4 lawn mowing people
  • 5 general maintenance crew workers
I think you get the point: these public union teachers have feather bedded each and every single school in each and every single school district in the entire country with superfluous and unnecessary employees to the point that they are sucking the very life blood out of their communities, and then they ALL retire in their 50's, requiring another 20-something year old new teacher or administrator to replace them since they are no longer working (but getting paid by the district).  And in the event that the 52 year old retired slacker public teacher or administrator lives until 82, that 22-year old replacement will then be 52 and THEY WILL RETIRE AS WELL!  Subsequently, for that single teacher  or admin slot, the community will be paying THREE people to teach or 'administer': the 82 year old slug, the newly retired 52 year old mooch, and the new 22-year old to replace TWO people already sucking from the public payroll for one teaching and/or administrative slot.

It's an unsustainable racket, I say.  Simply unsustainable.  But old people are still #1 (in terms of public enemies, that is...).

Sorry, old folks and public union teachers.  I call 'em as I see em.  And don't forget this: these public teachers get the summer off, with pay.

9 comments:

Hack said...

I was wondering if you would ever mention that they get taxpayer funded summer's off! Awesome post and I am in total agreement. This deserves a repost.

Kid said...

Plenty more to go after Fredd !

All category of public union employee - Police, Fire, Old Uncle Joe who just can't be let go to cousin Matilda who they can't fire because "what else could she do?"
Not to mention that these parasites don't see ANY problem with DEMANDING that TAXPAYING Private citizens who have gone without raises for 5 years or more and had their bennies squeezed like a lemon, CONTRIBUTE MORE so that THEY don't have to feel the effects of and participate in the GREAT RECESSION that is being made EXPONENTIALLY WORSE by the IMBECILE that THEY VOTED FOR!!!!!!

Fredd said...

Amen, Kid:

What is is about THESE public union assholes that make them feel that they are exempt from the least little bit of pain caused by downturns in the economy?

Do they believe that they are our 'betters?' Sure seems like it. This has got to change.

And the first to see the pink slips are all of these feather bedded jobs staffed by useless Uncle Joe's and cousin Matilda's.

Public service is not welfare. Well, that's not true in Obamaville.

Kid said...

The only thing that will change it are voters. We will get a big hint how that's going to go when the Ohio SB5 bill, limiting union bargaining powers, comes up for final acceptance or repeal in November.

You know how I'll be voting.

LSP said...

Teachers?

Makes me want to reach for m'gun(s).

Cheers.

Silverfiddle said...

Education should be completely privatized. That is the only way to stop the downward slide today's "education" establishment has put our nation on.

Fredd said...

Silver:

Can you imagine the call to arms by the NEA such a move would make, should our next conservative administration call for the privatization of K-12 education?

Oh, man. But I think we are up to the fight, and there will be a viscous one from the NEA.

Trestin said...

The whole system sinks. It is past time to abolish public education. If they are such great teachers, they should be worth much more in the private sector, so they need to quit their crying.

Fredd said...

Trestin:

Exactly so.

Let the market decide who are great teachers, and who suck.