Letter to the Editor: An end to fairness, public education
Bob Curry, Vice President, Part-Time Teachers Union
February 23, 2011
Filed under Opinions
Dear Madison College, One and All,
This week illustrates with 100 percent clarity that labor is the very lifeblood of education in this country. As labor goes, so goes education. Every job in this school, every computer, every book … hangs in the balance here. If we are not 100 percent together in this, if we look at ourselves as labor and management in opposition, it is game over.
I’ve been at the capitol 5-8 hours a day and I have seen one full-timer and no administrators. I know Madison College is a conservative place, but please folks. Every student, every teacher, every administrator, every board member from Madison College and every school and school district, nursery to college in Wisconsin, needs to be at the capitol because it’s teachers first, administration next, schools next. End of mission. Sixty students to a classroom, no support, $25,000 a year, no bennies. That’s Walker’s dream.
This is it folks. They win this one and we lick boots forever. Not just labor, everyone. This is a premeditated move by the oligarchs that own the Republican Party and the Walker/Fitzgerald junta to gut labor in this country. Gut labor, you gut the Democratic Party – and that is the end of the two party system. End of public education. Sayonara. R.I.P. Welcome to Wississippi. Welcome to the banana republic of theocratic, corporatocratic one-party rule, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. If you want to prove me wrong, just stay home and watch it from your recliner, because they want it all, folks. If not for our heroic democratic senators, they would have just gobbled up Wisconsin. If Wisconsin goes, what chance does a place like Tennessee or Ohio have?
I encourage everyone with any connection to this great school, Madison College, to be at the capitol every minute you can spare. We are all Madison College today. We are all public education today.
Vice President, Part Time Teachers Union