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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

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I have a particular family member that seems to have always delighted in getting a rise out of me. 30 years ago, the subjects of his barbs was teacher tenure and the fact that teachers worked according to a 19th century calendar that provided for long summer vacations. I think that he eventually understood not to confuse university professional tenure with the simple probation period that all new hires are required to complete before having some basic employee rights such as choosing to join a union. He was relentless, nevertheless.

Hey, I am all for year-round school calendars. Of course, school must be held in state-of-the art buildings with air conditioning. Not working during the summers was great. The pay sucked. Teachers are not paid for the time they do not work on the clock. I worked in a hardware store a few summers and some weekends during the school year to make ends meet. I also grabbed whatever after-school paid position that was available, tutored, and chaperoned after-school events. My apartment/house, Fucking student loans, and the costs of required graduate school course work kept me poor and busy.

Therefore, fucking riding me about my so-called vacations was maddening.

Being subject to losing a job on the whim of some superior for two long years was a hell-uv-a long probation period compared to the typical 60 – 90 days in a factory job. Now the State of Michigan puts its new hires through 4 years of probation without due process rights and other of its legislated job rights. This shit that it is nearly impossible to fire a “bad” teacher is utter bullshit. Every school district has its procedures and they do use them and the State Laws to get rid of the bad ones. The Republicans seem to delight in repeating untruths, unfortunately.

I think he gets that one now, also.

Maybe, he was a true bullshitting Harris and I did not understand….

Now, he needles me about politics. You know, the Democrats are blah, blah, blah, beneath contempt, blah, blah, blah… And, Hillary! Did you know?……… Tsk tsk tsk.

News Flash!

I am no longer a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party and I no longer support the Friends of Hillary. I am an Independent and I fucking agree with a whole lot of what is said about the Democrats and Senator Hillary Clinton.

So, quit busting my balls and move on!

(I hate to guess what will be the next target. Oh, my aching nut sack!)

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