Letter: Time for change

By on May 28, 2009

As our community continues to live with the growing pains of a rural area going urban at the speed of light, one can’t help but wonder how we can develop our students with our present means.

Our superintendent provides our School Board with tough decisions on items such as expansion projects, curriculum and staffing, to name a few. Everyone seems to be tightening their belts, with the exception of the teacher’s union.

Back in the 1920s, unions were created to protect/fight for laborers from poor working conditions, a fair wage, benefits and the like. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and the teachers union is still concerned with a fair wage, working conditions and also pensions, tenure and the next contract.

Has the executive board of the teachers union come forward and offered to defer their salary increases? Did the teachers union fight for their teachers that have paid their dues and still were let go? Or has the teachers union been steadfast to maintain tenure and pensions? If we want to maintain the highest quality of teachers, allow them to work at their highest potential and pay them accordingly.

Installing a merit system of pay will attract teachers who are excited about their job of teaching our kids. In turn, our kids will learn, they will be motivated to excel and they will be challenged by teachers who love what they do. The teachers win too. The top performers will earn top pay, and the ones who don’t, won’t.

As our schools prepare for the upcoming school year with overcrowded classrooms, worn classroom materials and some teachers going through the motions, teachers need to ask themselves if they are doing it for the kids or doing it for their retirement. If it is for the retirement, get rid of your union and do your job for our kids.

Jack Augusty, Elburn