The teachers (and staff) at Sandy Hook saved lives. Gave their own lives - standing between the shooter and the children - and died for those children. Young teachers, new teachers - all of them, right down the custodian.
The Stranger Slog has this devastating interview with a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary from ABC news. This teacher saved her students' lives and gave them love in what she thought might be their last minutes.
Attached they have a column from the Daily Kos that lays bear all the terrible things said about teachers by elected officials and others. It is an angry column but worth reading.
Michelle MalkinWhen they weren't ditching their students, radical teachers steeped in the social justice ethos of National Education Association-approved community organizer Saul Alinsky were shamelessly using other people's children as their own political junior lobbyists and pawns.
Governor Chris ChristieChristie identified education reform as one of his top priorities during the campaign and the transition subcommittee’s education report covers many of the areas he talked about, including putting more emphasis on charter schools and making it more difficult for public school teachers to reach tenure.
Governor Christie’s vision of change for New Jersey could include freezing the salaries of teachers and other employees to make public education more affordable and effective.
Rod Paige, former Secretary of Education, said the NEA is a "terrorist organization."
Rush Limbaugh said teachers were "parasites."
Can we get rid of the myth once and for all that school teachers, anymore, are these average, ordinary (as Obama wants to say), next-door neighbors who are just doing everything they can to further the educational experience of your children?
That's not who they are. They are left-wing activists, active members of unions who are oriented first by a political agenda, second by their own well-being, and your kids come last.
You're right, Rush. Yesterday those teachers were not "furthering" the educational experience of their students.
They were saving those students' lives. The kids at Sandy Hook did NOT come last in any staff member's mind yesterday.
Here's one of them, Victoria Soto, first grade teacher:
Victoria was a Stratford high graduate and only 27. She was killed today after she hid her first graders in closets and cabinets and told the shooter they were in the gym. He killed her and not one of her children were harmed.
So folks, when you hear people bad-mouthing "lazy" teachers and their terrible union, ask yourself - would you lay down your life for others at a moment's notice?
Don't let these people degrade the profession of teaching. Refuse to be part of it.
Expect good performance from our children's teachers but also know that at the end of the day, these may be the only people between your child and a bullet.