Ron Isaac’s Commentary: The New York Post Attacks the UFT Again

Aug 12, 2021 by

The greedy, selfish, opportunistic United Federation of Teachers is once again, with the complicity of its supplicants in the City Council, committing a crime of economic expansion by exploiting students and long-suffering parents and taxpayers.

That’s the gist of yesterday’s New York Post (8/8), which is livid about the possibility that student class size may be reduced in our public schools.

Fewer students in class equates with more time to concentrate on the learning needs and deficits of individual kids. 

Although the Post regards that as a distraction from the UFT’s real purpose,  it is obviously not an elusive concept, since the most prestigious and pricey private schools that some of their own children attend, ballyhoo their own low teacher to student ratio as their prime selling point. 

During the pandemic, a collateral benefit is that better enables compliance with scientifically-driven social distancing guidelines. 

But the Post is convinced it has uncovered the UFT’s hidden motive:  “Mulgrew would love any step that would boost the need to hire more teachers” as dues-paying members. “And what teacher wouldn’t want as few students, and as little work, as possible”?

That cynical and clueless comment is a dead give-away of the Post’s ludicrous paranoia. 

They claim the UFT’s professed concern is “a backdoor way” to enriching the union’s leadership by satiating its members who crave to work less for undiminished pay and enter ed the profession to pursue a storied life of ease.

Nurses, social workers, and judges also advocate for smaller case loads.  Every other group of busy, dedicated and responsible people who seek to perform at the top of their game, have wish-lists of their own also. Would the Post bitterly speculate about them as well?

The Post also takes a gratuitous swipe at City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, claiming his support for lower class sizes was payback, “on the taxpayer’s dime”, for the union backing his recent run for comptroller.

It is clear what spurs the Post’s relentless anti-public school editorials and their polluted assertions about the teachers union. There is not even a veneer of objectivity.  It is a running, stumbling commentary filled with unwarranted hostility and wilful ignorance.

Ron Isaac

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