Teaching in Orange County, Florida schools is like working in “the ‘cotton fields’ of the past,” said union president Diana Moore in an email. Moore is white. Some were offended, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
“When you work in a cotton field, you don’t have ten sick days a year. Whe you work in a cotton field, you don’t have six personal days. You can’t take your mother to the doctor or your children to the dentist,” said Board Member Kat Gordon, who grew up in South Carolina and was sent by her mother to babysit children in New York to keep her out of the cotton fields. “It’s not, to me, a good comparison,” Gordon said. “There is more freedom in the classroom.”
Glyniss Hudson, a chemistry teacher who ran against Moore in the last union election, said the comment “makes it seem like slavery was nothing.”
Moore sent an apology email to district teachers.
Hyperbole has a long history in education, notes Mike Antonucci at EIA Intercepts.
Vouchers could “end up resembling . . . ethnic cleansing” in Kosovo, said education author David Berliner.
* California Teachers Association president Wayne Johnson once reacted to a school dress code for teachers this way: “What have we got, an educational Taliban here? Are they gonna require burqas soon?”
* Wisconsin Education Association Council president Stan Johnson announced a lobbying effort with the words “We will no longer be the captive and oppressed people we’ve been the last 11 years.”
* A reporter asked Baltimore Teachers Union president Marietta English what she would do about the district’s latest contract proposal. She replied, “What happened on the plantation when the slaves had enough?”
Metro Nashville Education Association President Jamye Merritt explained her opposition to performance pay by saying, “People take money every day for things I would not do… there are people that are paid to be assassins.”