Playing the “Kid Card” in Wisconsin

When teachers or their unions (the distinction has become blurred) decide to make demands or take a stand, they always tell us that it isn’t about money, advancement, or personal issues – it’s all about the kids. Playing the “kid card” has worked many times over the years, but the “kid card” cannot not trump the facts in Wisconsin.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently. Wisconsin spends more money per pupil than any other Midwest state, yet the kids don’t seem to be getting the better education promised by spending more money.

From 1998 to 2008, Wisconsin increased its per-pupil expenditure by $4,245. During that same period, 8th grade students’ average scores on the NAEP reading test remained exactly the same. More money “for the kids” has not increased test scores or other measures of education received.

Teachers in Wisconsin taking students to protests is just another “kid card”. It has not brought sympathy for teachers’ plight; it has brought disgust. Teachers doing this are abusing the respect and trust their students have in them as much as they are abusing paid sick days (with doctors illegally handing out excuses for them at protests). Teachers are not helping their cause with this type of behavior and it will not give them immunity from the hard decisions bad economic times demand.

One has to wonder how forcing the schools to close is for “the kids”, or what lesson the kids will learn from their teachers’ comparison of Governor Walker to Hitler and Wisconsin to Egypt. Musician Tom Morello, former member of Rage Against The Machine, visited Wisconsin with another lesson “for the kids”, issuing a resurrected 60’s Hippie warning: “The Whole World Is Watching”.

A more appropriate warning would be: “The Kids are Watching”. Sadly, that card doesn’t seem to be in their kid-stacked deck.

David J. Hentosh

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