On Thursday, public school teachers in Oakland, CA, refused to show up to class. This is the fourth time they have refused to show up for work this year. The public-school teachers are demanding a large pay raise. The Oakland Schools’ superintendent offered the teachers a 7% pay raise. This wasn’t enough for the teachers — they wanted a 12% raise.
They complained about the cost of living in Oakland. The average cost of a standard apartment in Oakland was over $2,600. That is a lot!
You know why the cost of living is so high?
Because of liberal policies that artificially raise the cost of living. They impose land restrictions on where homes can be built, which creates a scarcity of housing and a rise in prices.
They also impose rent control. The liberal politicians claim that these policies help the low-income residents of the state. However, these rent restrictions lead to fewer rental properties being built because the property owners would lose money on the venture, which also causes a scarcity of apartments and an increase in rents for everyone.
OK, economics lesson over.
I felt compelled to provide this lesson to the teachers because they fail to comprehend basic economics. If they don’t understand basic economics, then their students obviously won’t be taught this either.
The teachers unions overwhelmingly support Democratic campaigns. In the 2016 election cycle, the two largest teachers unions (NEA and AFT) gave almost all of their $46 million in donations to liberal candidates and causes.
Is it any wonder why the millennial generation supports liberal candidates?
They are being taught liberal propaganda in our public schools and on college campuses.
Our education system can be blamed for the millennials belief in socialism.
According to the Victims of Communism Foundation, 52 percent of millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist society.
Only 40% would like to live in a capitalist society. A large percentage of Americans have never been taught about communism at any level of their education.
The teachers have imparted their disdain for America onto their students as well. According to a YouGov poll, 46% of younger Americans don’t believe America is a great country, 38% don’t believe America is the greatest country in the world and 84% don’t know all the rights enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
But these teachers want a raise?
If this was the private sector, they would all be fired.
Teacher strikes are happening all over the country. This is one of the more underreported stories in the news.
In the past year, over 100,000 teachers have walked out of class in six states.
The Los Angeles School District (the second-largest school district in the country) went on strike for a week, Denver teachers went on strike for three days, and nearly all teachers in the state of West Virginia went on strike.
Why did so many teachers go on strike in West Virginia?
Answer: Because the Republican legislature had the audacity to try to privatize the public schools!
How dare they!
Private schools and school choice would help students learn better. This has been statistically proven. The schools would have to compete against each other for more students, which would incentivize them to improve their teaching methods.
But if you don’t support public schools, you don’t support the kids…
That’s what the liberal teacher unions would have you believe.
We spend a boatload of money on education in this country ($620 billion). However, students test scores are terrible.
Maybe this has something to do with the teachers?
And they want a raise?
It is time for our students to get a better education. If the teachers are going to keep walking out, then states should start privatizing schools and hire teachers who are more dedicated to their students.
Our children deserve better.
In his farewell address, President Reagan said, “If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I am warning of an eradication of that — of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Conservatives would be wise to heed his warning.