January 4, 2016
The 2015 EIA Public Education Quotes of the Year
EIA is proud to present the 2015 Public Education Quotes of the Year, in countdown order. Enjoy!
10) “No one ever entered the profession so they could join a teachers’ union.” – Kim Schroeder, president of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association. (August 14 Deseret News)
9) “Rank-and-file dissidents have long had doubts about most forms of automatic dues collection, worrying that such a set-up helps create an ossified system in which a complacent top never comes face-to-face with a demobilized bottom.” – Ari Paul, writing about the possible loss of agency fees. (September 21 In These Times)
8) “There are people who have the libertarian view that we need to end public education. They want to destroy public education. They want to destroy every public service. I think they are not only foolish, but they are dangerous. Then there’s a group of reformers who may mean well, but they are totally disconnected from knowing teachers who know the names of the students in your class. And then there are the for-profit people who don’t care whether it’s public or private as long as they can make money on it.” – Hillary Clinton, speaking to the NEA Board of Directors on October 4.
7) “Lily Garcia should be replaced as president. This is the worst kind of union leadership, to go out there and make an endorsement – to even threaten an endorsement – without checking out what your members are saying.” – Liberal commentator Ed Schultz, reacting to NEA’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton (September 30 YouTube)
6) “Who cares what the data says because when you have administrators who don’t have applicants before the first day of school, there’s a shortage, end of story.” – Teresa Meredith, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, in an August 28 Chalkbeat Indiana story headlined, “Why people think there’s a teacher shortage in Indiana and why they’re probably wrong.”
5) “There is a culture, and if it is not intentional it feels intentional, but there is a culture that actively discomforts and devalues members who disagree with any part of the established union narrative.” – Tom Rademacher, 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. (February 17 Education Post)
4) “It’s kind of like an infestation of rodents or termites in your house. It’s amazing to me. Like a cult. I would say it’s like a cult.” – Rick Smith, radio talk show host, speaking about Teach for America. (October 12 The Rick Smith Show)
3) “Now, I wouldn’t keep any school open that wasn’t doing a better than average job.” – Hillary Clinton, speaking at an event in Keota, Iowa. (December 22 Des Moines Register)
2) “That’s like saying Chicago is the most murder-friendly city in the nation.” – Verdaillia Turner, president of the Georgia Federation of Teachers, reacting to the news that Atlanta was chosen as one of the most school choice-friendly cities in the nation. (December 9 Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
1) “We diversify our curriculum and instruction to meet the personal and individual needs of all of our students – the blind, the hearing-impaired, the physically challenged, the gifted and talented, the chronically ‘tarded and the medically annoying.” – Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, accepting a Progressive Champion award in an October 27 speech at the Campaign for America’s Future Awards Gala.