September 13, 2012

"Emanuel is a bully, stop Rahmunism!"

There's you teacher, kiddies. The one with the sign...
"Hey hey. Ho ho. Rahm Emanuel has got to go"

"Hey Rahmald Reagan, don't privatize public ed"

"Rahm Walker, go back to Wisconsin"
Etc. etc. The headline at the link — to the Chicago Tribune — is "Teachers get creative with signs targeting mayor." Do they actually mean to compliment the teachers creativity? I'd prefer to think they're mocking moronic teacherspeak: That's very creative.

Just tell me if it's good or bad, lady. I don't need you boosting my self esteem over nothing.

And teachers, you look awful with your crappy signs. Why, when I was in school, and we didn't even have foam board for signs, and we had to use oak tag, we knew how to measure the space, count the letters, use a ruler to pencil in straight lines properly spaced, pencil in the letters, go over the letters in marker, and then erase the pencil with ArtGum. You wouldn't think of doing a project without following the basic requirements of lettering. You people are supposed to be teachers. Letter your damned signs properly... and then we can talk about whether you're creative.

And could you comb your hair before you go out in public? You need to set an example for the younger children. What's the right way to ask for more more more? Not with a sloppy sign, messy hair, and your angry face. Let's see your please may I face.

56 comments:

Bob Ellison said...

That seems a little harsh, Professor. They can't being ugly. Maybe they could stop being fools, but it's probably beyond them.

Mogget said...

Is there a way in which both sides of this issue could lose? Cause I'd hate to let this crisis go to waste.

Matthew Sablan said...

He has no feelings. You could say he is a ... Rahmulan.

Matthew Sablan said...

(which is only partially funny, because that's Vulcans. But, hey. Whatever.)

Darrell said...

'The average teacher who retired in 2011 after 30 or more years of employment—what passes for a full career in the public sector—had a final salary of $105,888 and will receive an annual guaranteed pension of $78,576,' Biggs wrote. 'The salary puts the average Chicago teacher in the top 5% or so of workers nationwide, while even fewer private sector workers will receive a pension that generous.'"

http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/09/how-well-paid-are-chicago-school-teachers/

Curious George said...

"Let's see your please may I face."

And then show them our "Go fuck yourself" face.

"Mogget said...
Is there a way in which both sides of this issue could lose? Cause I'd hate to let this crisis go to waste." That almost assured.

TWM said...

"That seems a little harsh, Professor. They can't being ugly. Maybe they could stop being fools, but it's probably beyond them."

Even ugly people can clean up a bit. Dress like a professional and people tend to treat you like a professional. Those commie-red t-shirts and generally unkempt appearance don't do one thing to gain the respect of either their students or the public.

Pettifogger said...

I'm no fan of the teachers. If it were my call, I'd look into treating as Reagan did PATCO.

But as to the quality of the signs, I know from Tea-Party experience that there's a trade off between making a sign spiffy and making a lot of signs.

Now as to the content of the signs, . . .

Expat(ish) said...

Ok, that made me snort loudly at work.

My kids exit a coddled private school at 8th grade and head to public high school - for a number of reasons.

So far I have been uniformly impressed by their teachers - but they are in a lottery magnet school that has a 25% admission rate, and is considered a great place to work. So that may be it.

However, I went to a number of public schools growing up and get what you say about some teachers and the lack of care they bring to their tasks.

What also strikes me is that somehow they think teaching is the only profession where nobody bad ever gets hired and merit based incentives don't work.

Really?

-XC

mishu said...


And could you comb your hair before you go out in public? You need to set an example for the younger children. What's the right way to ask for more more more? Not with a sloppy sign, messy hair, and your angry face. Let's see your please may I face.


They're putting their "rank and file" face. Power to the People! and all that bullshit.

Shouting Thomas said...

The teaching profession is almost entirely female.

The female sense of entitlement is a disaster.

And, feminism amped it up by a factor of about 1,000.

EDH said...

For some reason I don't think any men's magazines are planning "Women of the Chicago Teacher's Strike" editions.

TosaGuy said...

When I student taught in the early 1990s, I spent a couple hundred bucks getting dockers and dress shirts -- I thought I was dressing at the minimum that my teachers had shown in the 1970s and 1980.

I was better dressed than the majority of the staff.

That a number of other factors made me realize that teachers no longer thought of themselves as a profession with standards.

Shouting Thomas said...

So, Althouse has indicated in two successive posts that she's reached the point of exasperation and she's ready for the day when we stop kissing the asses of blacks and women.

Could gays be next?

ricpic said...

The strike isn't primarily about pay, it's about accountability. The union is terrified that its teachers might be held accountable in the new contracts for their students inability to read or do math at grade level, which is presently the case for 75% of their young scholars.

Shouting Thomas said...

Of course, gays are always about today's shoes!

Shouting Thomas said...

The strike isn't primarily about pay, it's about accountability.

No, it's about money!

We're dealing with the female sense of entitlement here.

When Big Daddy won't give you what you want, throw a tantrum. Funny to see the Dems getting a dose!

Lyssa said...

I sort of love that I get to support Rahm Emanuel on this. I mean, I usually hate 90% of what he stands for, but he's just crazy enough that I kind of find him awesome, as well.

garage mahal said...

I sort of love that I get to support Rahm Emanuel on this. I mean, I usually hate 90% of what he stands for, but he's just crazy enough that I kind of find him awesome, as well

He's always been a corrupt little tyrant. He's all yours.

Interesting the city, by far, is supportive of the strike. At least so far.

Curious George said...

"Who taught you how to read, Rahm?"


Well, when he lived in Chicago, he went to Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, a private Jewish school. So no CTU teacher taught him to read. Which is why he can.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Rahm of God, who takes away the sins of the world...

Have mercy on us.

TWM said...

"Interesting the city, by far, is supportive of the strike. At least so far."

Well considering the educations the good people of Chicago are receiving it's not surprising they don't have a clue.

Paul Zrimsek said...

The teacher might forgive you typo-- I mean, your typo-- if you'll forgive her comma splice.

edutcher said...

I thought the Chi-town teachers were big Rahmunists - Che shirts, Wobblies, and all that stuff.

Matthew Sablan said...

He has no feelings. You could say he is a ... Rahmulan.

(which is only partially funny, because that's Vulcans. But, hey. Whatever.)


The Rahmulans are supposed to be the opposite of the Vulcans, all passion and violence.

Maybe he's like Saavik, half of each.

Of course, he'd have to weigh 300 pounds.

(I know...)

MarkW said...

'The average teacher who retired in 2011 after 30 or more years of employment—what passes for a full career in the public sector—had a final salary of $105,888 and will receive an annual guaranteed pension of $78,576,'

Holy crap! Who gets a pension of almost $80K? Do you know what it would cost to buy an equivalent lifetime annuity with cost-of-living adjustments, at age 55!? The answer is somewhere around a million and a half dollars.

If they put in 30 years of teaching that's about $50K per year above their salary. And that's before you start to figure in retirement health benefits.

Darrell said...

The only solution is to hold a teacher's retirement party at Jurassic Park. Beyond the fences.

paul a'barge said...

Use your words!

cubanbob said...

Hey hey, ho ho, the public sector unions have got to go!
Hopefully the Romney Administration will pass a national right to work act.

Larry J said...

Holy crap! Who gets a pension of almost $80K? Do you know what it would cost to buy an equivalent lifetime annuity with cost-of-living adjustments, at age 55!? The answer is somewhere around a million and a half dollars.

It's worse than that. I went to ImmediateAnnuities.com and pluged in 55 year old female in IL with a $6550 monthly income. The estimated cost is $1,531.089. That's without the annual cost of living allowance. They didn't have a cost of living allowance on their website but I'm sure it would raise the estimated cost substancially. That isn't counting the health insurance benefit costs, either.

While public employees are sucking the life out of government budgets with their never-ending greed for "more, more, more!", the rest of us are having to save via IRAs and 401Ks for our own retirements. We're facing having to pay much higher taxes and make do with less so public employees can retire in comfort. Screw them and the unions they rode in on.

elkh1 said...

"Hopefully the Romney Administration will pass a national right to work act."

An awful infringement of state rights, an expansion of the fed. A definite no.

Rusty said...

garage mahal said...
I sort of love that I get to support Rahm Emanuel on this. I mean, I usually hate 90% of what he stands for, but he's just crazy enough that I kind of find him awesome, as well

He's always been a corrupt little tyrant. He's all yours.

Interesting the city, by far, is supportive of the strike. At least so far.

And yet you put his equally corrupt ,incompetent boss in the White House.
Fool

elkh1 said...

I like the "neiborhood" sign the best.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

TosaGuy,

When I student taught in the early 1990s, I spent a couple hundred bucks getting dockers and dress shirts -- I thought I was dressing at the minimum that my teachers had shown in the 1970s and 1980.

I was better dressed than the majority of the staff.

That a number of other factors made me realize that teachers no longer thought of themselves as a profession with standards.


Yep. When school districts have to make rules against their teachers wearing flip-flops or shorts or tube tops to work, some degree of professionalism would appear to have evaporated.

Enh, my public-school-teaching husband goes to work with a tie on, except when he goes with a banded-collar shirt. He is always dressed like a professional in front of his students, and they call him "Mr. Thomson." (Okay, there were a couple of girls at his previous school who were prone to call him "Georgie-poo," but that was an isolated incident.)

Darrell said...

Pension benefits like that would have never been negotiated if the taxpayers had a representative present. Property tax payers should riot.

Lyssa said...

Garage said: He's always been a corrupt little tyrant. He's all yours.

And that's why Obama put him in a position of authority. Nice president you're supporting there, Garage.

Jay said...

Interesting the city, by far, is supportive of the strike. At least so far.

Um, and then what?

Does the $700 million CPS budget gap magically go away?

tiger said...

1) Rahm is gonna 'cave' on the strike

and

2) The most hurtful sign said

'Rahm likes NICKLEBACK'!

PatCA said...

Why didn't International Answer make their signs? They usually design and print signs for every march under the sun!

I guess the teachers wanted to be authentic and natural and to express themselves with all those impassioned crooked lines and angry words.

damikesc said...

No, it's about money!

I'd say that's MOST of it --- but they really, really, really don't like accountability.

Interesting the city, by far, is supportive of the strike. At least so far.

Abused women don't leave their abusers quickly, either.

If Rahm fails, Chicago and IL have earned the misery they will suffer. No bailouts.

starboardhelm said...

This strike is all campaign theatrics. They strike on bogus issues, Rahmster and Obummer come down hard on unions, proving they have the backbone and stuff, and the strikers meekly go back to work. It's not like the teachers unions are going to quit donating to Obama. Only -- Egypt, Libya, Yemen stole their thunder. The have to wait now until they have Obama's full attention.

deborah said...

I only wish I could free-hand a sign that neatly. So I guess you never got sent to the principal's office for coloring outside the lines :)

deborah said...

When the time comes that these outrageous pensions are clawed back, what will the counter-charges be in federal court? RICO, or the like?

Methadras said...

This is what Madison in Chicago looks like. I'm laughing so fucking hard at the cannibalistic nature of leftist has in it's enclaves. Leftists are idiots. If you subscribe to the leftist ideology, frankly you are a fucking moron. Truly.

Unknown said...

Teacher with the poster looks like she could be a sister to the Portland principal who wants to outlaw mentioning PB&J sandwiches...no wait, that's racist, forget I said anything....

Peter said...

The signs may not be very creative, but they're a step above the usual pre-printed banners one sees on picket lines.


Altough "Who taught you how to read, Rahm?" is just silly. Does the sign creator truly think no one would learn to read if there were no union teachers?

(And most of the rest are little more than name-calling.)

cassandra lite said...

Dear Teachers:

Resign! Do it for the children.

Sincerely, the United States of America

RonF said...

I went to public school K-12. But my mother taught me to read when I was 3. I always read at least 4 grades above my grade level when I was in school until I graduated from H.S. So those "If you can read this, thank a teacher" bumper stickers don't impress me.

RonF said...

I went to public school K-12. But my mother taught me to read when I was 3. I always read at least 4 grades above my grade level when I was in school until I graduated from H.S. So those "If you can read this, thank a teacher" bumper stickers don't impress me.

Richard Dolan said...

Try to imagine how this ends. Can Rahm just throw more money at them (does Chicago even have it to throw)? Can the union accept the idea that evaluations are needed because there are a non-trivial number of really awful teachers?

However it comes out both Rahm and the union are losers. Only winner here is Walker. Chicago will really hate that (just like they do when Green Bay is the winner).

kimsch said...

TosaGuy said...

When I student taught in the early 1990s, I spent a couple hundred bucks getting dockers and dress shirts -- I thought I was dressing at the minimum that my teachers had shown in the 1970s and 1980.

I was better dressed than the majority of the staff.

That a number of other factors made me realize that teachers no longer thought of themselves as a profession with standards.


You were pre-Department of Education weren't you?

Carter left us with so many lovely things; HMO's (precursors to our pre-paid medical that they call insurance although it's no such thing), the Department of Education which requires that teachers get degrees in Education and exclude many from teaching who have degrees in other disciplines, and, until Tuesday, the last Ambassador murdered on his watch.

The Department of Education came into being 3 weeks before I graduated from High School. I only had to deal with New Math as an elementary school student.

kimsch said...

Curious George said...

"Who taught you how to read, Rahm?"


Well, when he lived in Chicago, he went to Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, a private Jewish school. So no CTU teacher taught him to read. Which is why he can.


That, and the fact that he was educated pre-Department of Education.

Larry J said...

TosaGuy said...

When I student taught in the early 1990s, I spent a couple hundred bucks getting dockers and dress shirts -- I thought I was dressing at the minimum that my teachers had shown in the 1970s and 1980.

I was better dressed than the majority of the staff.

That a number of other factors made me realize that teachers no longer thought of themselves as a profession with standards.

You were pre-Department of Education weren't you?


No, Carter formed the Department of Education as a sop to the teachers union in 1979 and it started operations in 1980. Gee, what did America do for 200 years before we had a Department of Education? No one must've learned anything then (except enough to invent the airplane, atomic bomb and send people to the moon, among others).

Crunchy Frog said...

"Hey Rahmald Reagan, don't privatize public ed"

Only in Union Thugistan is a comparison to Ronald Reagan considered an insult.

Erika said...

That sign contains a run-on sentence.

It should have a semicolon, not a comma.

This is basic punctuation.

Eric Jablow said...

I liked the sign (shown on Ricochet.com) that read:

Kelly HS Teachers support the CTU because the CTU believes in neiborhood.

If I had to guess, the real CTU is as dysfunctional as the fictional CTU.

Alex said...

He's always been a corrupt little tyrant. He's all yours.

Interesting the city, by far, is supportive of the strike. At least so far.


Confirms 2 things in my mind.

#1 - the left always eats their own(see Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot)

#2 - Chicago is a city of fools.