Opine I will

I am an elementary school teacher just trying to do the right thing

Tin Foil Hat Time

The other day my in-box was overrun with comments from a Facebook page I like. ( I will not reveal the page out of respect to its administrator who has been doing a great job fighting for children.)

A debate raged on throughout the day regarding NY Governor Astorino’s anti- Common Core stance and pro charter stance which was championed by some on the extreme Right. They felt since Astorino was against Common Core, that was reason enough to throw support his way against Cuomo. When some pointed out that the issues are much more complicated than just the Core all hell broke loose.

Teachers were accused of looking out for themselves and not children. Astorino supporters accused those, who wonder what his full agenda is for public education really is,  as being simply for unions and not children. This nonsense went on all day , over 1000 comments were made and  many were very personal attacks. I didn’t post anything until late in the day when posted this.


ok folks… calm down. Let’s stop the bickering.. Focus on the problems… CC, charters, consolidation gimmicks, tax caps, vouchers, privatization, Pearson, Texas controlling our textbooks, attacks on tenure, attacks on unions, unfunded mandates, RTI used to deny services, data mining, class size, virtual schools, attacks on pensions, TRS contributions, making new hires pay more for pensions and insurance, attacks on steps, attacks on Triborough.. and more.

The response I got from one of the most vocal posters was, Ralph forgot to mention the children.

Well I simply lost it at that point..

I posted.. been reading your rants all day… If you knew the issues you would know they are mostly all about children. 
Lets start with RTI… you even know what that is? 
Normally, I would take the time and explain each and every one. but not tonight. I don’t have my tin foil hat with me.. You see I need it to deal will people like you. 

No body wants to read your sophomoric rants anymore… make your point, sit back an act like an adult, instead of some crazed person looking on the web to pick a fight. That is not productive, it’s childish and very ugly. 

Have a wonderful night.

I thought pointed, but pretty tame .  The entire Right wing was then on attack mode.  This was clearly evident when I was accused of not thinking about children. They must have donned their Tin Foil battle hats because I was clearly the Left Wing Socialist that dared to speak about the larger picture.

This is why I will not allywith the Right wing  I have written about it more than once.


Let me be real blunt…

The extreme Right wing is against public schools, public school teachers, funding of public schools, social services of any kind, diversity, and just about everything I believe in.

Why in the hell would I ally on 1 issue… when given a chance, they would take us back to an era when if you needed help it was your problem. They look at the past as if was a rerun of Leave it to Beaver, ignoring the tremendous social issues of our past.


Will I vote for Cuomo? NO!  I will not vote for Astorino either.. I do not want to live in NY under another Republican Governor. We suffered enough under Pataki. If Cuomo wins let him win by default, then I will focus on the legislature, because they will be the real ones in trouble.

The Governor’s election is only a battle in this major war to protect our public schools. I want to win that war.



Single Post Navigation

7 thoughts on “Tin Foil Hat Time

  1. Michael Paul Goldenberg on said:

    I think you know I’m with you 100% on the issue of allying with the far right on educational issues. It’s simply impracticable unless you turn a blind eye to every word that comes out of their mouths about education that isn’t simply “Fight the Common Core.” As soon as you ask them why they oppose it, or what they would prefer to see when the fight against the Common Core is won, you’ll want to shoot them. Or yourself.

    The typical Teabilly isn’t a deep thinker, but s/he’s read enough of the lunacy that passes for analysis of education from the alleged intellectuals of the far right (you know, like Phyllis Schlafly, or for real depth, Charlotte Iserbyt or Beverly Eakman) and has never read a word crazy enough to provoke a moment’s skepticism. Their opposition to corporate initiatives is strictly a coincidence: they’re opposed NOW because it’s happening on Obama’s watch. Prior to Jan. 2009, no problemo. And should a Republican with in 2016, everything from Pearson, et al., will be jake with them in 2017.

    Not to suggest that these people are clueless hypocrites, but ask them how they feel about politics in K-12 textbooks and listen to them howl. Then ask whether the presentation of US history (and, frankly, every other subject) served up in the 1950s was political. Of course, to them, it wasn’t: just unvarnished truth.

    End of story.

  2. I remember when DAmato wanted to privitize the airports, they have already privitized a good portion of the military too.

  3. Kathy Bucaria on said:

    Bravo! Great post…100% agree. We can’t go from the fireplace into the fire. Thanks for your devotion to our profession AND TO THE KIDS!!!

  4. Hi… Thank you for the big picture … Can you recommend pages to follow that support movement against privatization as well as corporate reform?

  5. The comment “Teachers were accused of looking out for themselves and not children.” shows a lack of seriousness on the part of the critic. According to the VAM advocates, maybe 5% of teachers might lose their jobs (due to what?) so that controls the feelings and actions of the other 95%. The teachers I knew over 40 years of teaching wouldn’t shed a tear if any of the truly incompetent were to get sacked. Their response would have been “about time!”

    Teachers oppose such idiocies because no one can establish the validity of the measures and I don’t know anyone who really, really wants to be evaluated based upon unknown and variable criteria, do you?

    The Right opposes teachers because teachers unions support liberals, plain and simple. They will also say anything negative that comes to mind causing those of us with minds to scramble around refuting their asinine claims. It is time we asked these idiots to put up or shut up.

  6. David Thomas on said:

    OK, here’s the problem. Not voting for Cuomo will by default elect Astorino. Am I happy with Cuomo? Not entirely. Will I vote for him, ABSOLUTELY! Folks staying home was how we wound up with Pataki. No way I want to see that again!

  7. Not entirely? How can we be happy with Cuomo on any level? Not at all. Period. I won’t give him my vote nor will I give it to the other anti union pro charter guy. I’d sooner write in Spongebob. I am done holding my nose with these clowns and giving them a vote so they can continue attacking me, my profession and my union.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: