No wonder when I grabbed the mail I sorted out the essential and threw a credit card offer and this flyer right in the trash.
But lately I have made the choice to actively stand for education. I dug this flyer back out. After I read it, I wrote Mr. Leonard something to this effect:
Dear Mr. Leonard,
I received your flyer in the mail today. Your flyer said you are...
WORKING FOR TAXPAYERS...I'm projected to get a $50 refund next year. Great. If your projection holds true, it will help compensate for disallowing me my tax credit for classroom expenses you took away in 2011.
WORKING FOR STUDENTS... Hardly. Over the last four years, Governor Daniels, Tony Bennett, and you have dismantled public education and waged war on students' progress through harmful standardized testing and accountability practices for students. Have you read any research about this? I implore you to do so. ahuntingtonteacher.blogspot.com would be a good place to begin.
(For those of you reading this thinking education was failing and we needed politicians to step in, that is just another lie these politicians are selling you. On those so-called world tests, U.S. students living in middle income stable homes score at the top of the list. Our overall scores are low because the United States has the highest ratio of children living in poverty of any industrialized nation. Our government is failing children, not public schools.)
WORKING FOR TEACHERS... As a teacher, I am absolutely offended by the brashness of this statement. Suffice it to say, Governor Daniels, Tony Bennett, and you have pushed education 180 degrees in the wrong direction. Teaching students how to think and essential skills is much harder and less rewarding due to your mandates. I won't even get in to Right to Work legislation or the fact I have lost about 20% of my wages recently.
WORKING FOR VICTIMS... The stage collapse was a tragedy. How were you negligible for this? Doesn't matter. It makes a nice headline for your flyer.
Mr. Leonard, instead of posting half truths and deceitful statements on this flyer (Does my tax dollars pay for this?) the least you could do is post the ONE real truth:
WORKING FOR MYSELF
Flyers like the one above are why unions are needed again as much now as they were when they first became active. With the weak-minded, the gullible, and the ignorant so easily persuaded by the misrepresentations of the assumed authority, it will take the collective, reasoned voice of a large group to make positive change.
While we teachers fight the battle of public education in the classroom, we need the union representatives monitoring Mr. Leonard's Indiana Legislature and fighting for us.
Finally, while union reps fight for us at the state level, the union can truly only be as effective as the activeness of the union members themselves. I used to ask myself, "What has the union done for me?" The new question I ask myself is, "What am I doing to help the union?" When I ask that question, "union" means my fellow workers. I hope you will join us by being active. Click on the flyer above. Copy down the email address, and let Mr. Leonard know if he's working for you.