Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chamber Comments are a Gross Misrepresentation

The following was a letter sent to the Florida Chamber of Commerce Tonight, after Reading the following link
http://www.flchamber.com/docs/NR_GovtUnionsTargetCentralFloridaLawmakerswithWisconsinStyleProtests_030311.pdf

Edie Ousley - and the Florida Chamber of Commerce

Good Morning to you. My name is Cade Resnick and I am one of those Central Florida Teachers.

As an organization, you should be ashamed of yourselves. I will assume, based on your e-mail, that you either don't have children, and or don't care about the Standard of Education in Florida for your children.

The Seminole County Teachers that gathered to share with representatives the need for a different type of Bill received the same type of arrogance from their leaders that you show in your organization.


 

Quite Frankly, it is groups like yours that do not help education in Florida become what it needs to be, world-class. I offer to you the same offer I make to all legislators.. an opportunity to leave your ivory tower in Tallahassee and come into my classroom. Become a teacher for a month. Rather than sit there and say that all we (teachers) want is money and power, come try it out.

Quite frankly, I know how the chambers work, and I know how many of you are struggling, so rather than fix your own house, you attack an industry that is designed to train the next generation. Shame on you.


 

I also realize that as a chamber you don't like Unions, yet in the case of Florida, and the educational establishment, you don't understand the purpose of the Union.
Last year, through SB6 the Chambers said that only Testing matters. If that is the case, then please accept all the FCAT students who the State Representatives have helped to create.

Last year, through SB6 the Chambers said that teachers are the ones failing our students. Then proceeded to incite the same type of anger toward the Teachers Unions.

There is a lot more to last year, yet let's start over fresh.

This year that chamber again says only testing results matter - so teachers become amazing and teach to a new test.


 

To the Florida Chamber and all the Legislators, we are not creating Widgets. Every Child is not the same and every situation cannot lead to an Ivy League education. Most teachers do everything they can to make a difference, yet some students dont want the help. No matter how many nuggets of knowledge a teacher shares, sometimes the child just does not want to learn. What then...where are the parents, the leaders, and most importantly, where are the systems in place to help a child who prefers automotive over chemistry?

As a chamber, if you want to help...then help..if you want to hurt..then carry on..but stop bullying. It is not appropriate.

Finally

As a chamber, make it a priority to send your business leaders into the classrooms. Send them in huge numbers and help to teach all the teachers how amazing you all are. Do the same for the students. Better yet, why not just help the students realize that the same children, who have parents in your Chamber..are not entitled to graduate, they need to work for it. After all you are all Republicans..and so am I

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