It seems to be a war on Teachers lately. Matter of fact, awhile. I had to stumble onto an article that I read from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, my hometown newspaper, in which a retired instructor of 32 years was defending his viewpoints of the thought of being a teacher. Check out this article, What happened to respect for teachers? on the site. The person who wrote the article, John Schissler, Jr. really examines his philosophy of knowledge of the educational game. By the way, he taught at my old high school, John Marshall in Milwaukee. The same high school, that gave well known alums like George Tillman, Jr, Barbara Duffy, Mike Gousha, John Fricke, Emily Pollard, Mona Sutphen and others their countless starts in the classrooms before going into their professions.

In his article, he wrote several points that really should be taken to advice in questioning:

How many of you realize that MPS teachers do not get paid vacations (which Charlie Sykes of WTMJ-AM (620) would have you believe)? Each summer, teachers are unemployed for 10 weeks yet are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

How many of you realize that MPS teachers receive only nine-day biweekly checks after working 10 days so that they have some money to carry them over for the holidays and spring breaks? Teachers do notget paid for holiday layoffs.

How many of you know that MPS teachers get only four paid holidays, no Christmas bonuses and not even a lousy turkey for the holidays? Teachers don’t get overtime pay, either – just the lower substitute teacher rate.

How many of you care that, as professionals, MPS educators do not get paid for internships? In addition, after teachers graduate and get a job at MPS, they have to renew their teaching licenses every five years. In order to do that, they must pay for six college credits each time.

Since when have teachers become a drain on the economy? The very people who complain about “those overpaid teachers” and high taxes have no problem dropping $6 for a beer at the ballpark to support millionaires who just play games. Some of these fiscally conservative individuals don’t even mind paying higher taxes to help pay for Miller Park. The only conclusion I can arrive at is that these fans believe ballpark celebrities (far from being heroes) are more deserving than the people who work with and for their children. Let’s level the playing field and give education the same break.

How often have I heard, “These young people are our future”? If that’s the case, when are we going to invest in them? I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this line: “Teachers just don’t get paid enough.” What has changed that our kids have become so unimportant that the first place we cut funding is education?

Finally, what has become of our value system that entertainers and celebrities, who make the big money, are held in higher esteem than teachers, who make the bigger difference?

After reading this with thought, this is real talk! Whether you like it or not. As a son, grandson, grand-nephew and cousin of Milwaukee Public Schools teachers, I hear this story alot. I hear what they go through by talking about it through experience. And to those who say that “logic kills liberals” per say is really misleading the fact that if you can read this, or play that, you better be thanking the man upstairs for teachers that can instruct those to do things. You ought to thank teachers now for getting on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s comments section and say what you feel. But however, those who constantly bash teachers like a bad habit saying that they’re overpaid and get cut less is nothing more than a hypocrite. Oh, yes, I’m about to vent now! I’m not a teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools, but I feel their pain punching in the clock for the class rooms in all trying to make it through the day!  It’s also appalling that those constantly bash probably had experiences in the classrooms, or just want to jump on Scott Walker’s Bandwagon or the Republican Side mostly of slashing education. I find that disgraceful. I find that un-American, and truly find that those who repeat the “logic kills liberals” crap is nothing more than a mere troll that wants attention on the playground! I went there. Absolutely Pathetic! Currently, I know teachers that are making it, and they might admit that it wasn’t easy getting there. But they are in the classrooms everyday. And I dare ask what happened to us who used to be in the classrooms all those times, did we really listen or react with the teachers?  Do we ever tell them thank you for those times of give us a chance to shine? REALLY?! Those that don’t care now, better care when the casket drops. And it shouldn’t matter which side of the aisle you support. If the so called quote “logic kills liberals” is a so-called moniker nowadays, what kills conservatives? That’s exactly my point. The stone cold truth of keeping it real.

And again for those of you who are teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools,or anywhere else and making it in the struggle, I feel your pain!



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