For teachers, knowledge is power

By Priya Abraham, The Mercury

Like any other group of professionals, teachers are a diverse lot, holding vastly differing social, cultural, and political views. So why is it that they’re lumped together and forced to join state and national teachers’ unions that often don’t reflect local teachers’ concerns?

MATH TEACHER CALCULATES DUES SPENT ON POLITICS

By John Cess, watchdogwire.com

Helping a student work through a math problem and seeing the process finally click for the first time is an incredible adrenaline rush. It’s why I do my job. I’ve taught math, social studies, and special education in Lawrence County’s Ellwood City School District for five years now.

Why I left teaching: union politics

By Bill Frye, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
I taught science full-time for more than two decades and enjoyed a rewarding career educating a generation of public school students in Westmoreland County. I retired from teaching earlier than I wanted, and I’d like to tell you why.