Gov. Chris Christie: Teachers’ union deserves a punch in the face

CNN sat down with the pugilistic governor of New Jersey this weekend and asked who on the national level deserved a punch in the face.

Gov. Chris Christie replied, “Oh the national teachers union, who’s already endorsed Hillary Clinton 16, 17 months before the election.”

Asked why the union deserved a thrashing, Christie said, “Because they’re not for education for our children. They’re for greater membership,  greater benefits, greater pay for their members. And they are the single most destructive force for public education in America.”

The 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers endorsed Clinton two weeks ago. The National Education Association, which has about 3 million members, has not endorsed a candidate.

In a response to Christie, AFT President Randi Weingarten said, “Chris Christie has issues – from reneging on his promise to fix pensions to his state’s fiscal standing facing near junk bond status. But the biggest issue is he’s a bully and has anger management problems. That he would threaten to punch teachers in the face —mostly women seeking to help children meet their potential and achieve their dreams — promotes a culture of violence and underscores why he lacks the temperament and emotional skills to be president, or serve in any leadership capacity.”

See what else Christie said about the union:

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Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Who knows the answer to this:  In how many states do the "teachers' unions" have the right to strike?

class80olddog
class80olddog

@Wascatlady Not all five rank among the lowest - Georgia was 26th, Virginia was 25th - that looks right in the middle to me. 

class80olddog
class80olddog

@Wascatlady But tell me, how would a strike work in a public school?  It is not like a regular business that runs 365 days a year.  Would you have managers (principals) operating as teachers while the teachers were on strike? Bring in scab teachers to teach? You do know that labor law allows all teachers to be fired and replaced if negotiations fail?  Or would teachers resort to other methods that have been employed by unions in the past - shooting at school property, spreading nails to flatten tires (yes I have witnessed these acts first-hand during a union strike)? 

living-in-outdated-ed
living-in-outdated-ed

I'm also not a fan of the teacher's union (read "Cheating our Children, by Joe Williams); HOWEVER, they are a force to be reckoned with in the education reform debate, and you don't speak to them the way he did.   How does he possibly believe he can enact policy in education without getting educators to support him?  He just lost millions of potential votes and what he did was political suicide.  


With all due respect, he and Trump should go drink some beers because both of them show no grace under pressure, and do we want these guys running our country when they can't control their emotions?


As a NJ native, I'm embarrassed with how Christie is conducting himself.   He put his state over party in 2009, but he is just not Presidential material.

Watsuie007
Watsuie007

Teachers go into teaching because they like kids and want to help the next generation get on their feet and take their rightful place in our society.  Teaching is NOT a well-paid profession; most teacher when they leave teaching, often get hugh salary increases and benefit packages. And since 50% of new teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years of teaching, that says more than anything I can say about the state of the teaching profession in this country.  It is worse in charter schools.  Teachers need a union to protect from the bigots and bullies like Chris Christie.   No one should have to endure his badmouthing of their profession or poor working conditions.  Christie dislikes unions because they stand up to his crap and he can't handle anyone standing up for themselves.  Teachers do care about teaching and cirriculum, but often must endure the politicans decisions, despite their efforts to the contrary.   Chris Christie will never be POTUS, so he should just quit now; no one likes a bully and a badmouthing creep.

MoCool
MoCool

don't mess with chris and his crew in jersey---they don't put up with any stuff!

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@CoastRoad 

Don't you mean, "chris and his crew in Joisey"?  His methods really are old-time NJ, bada-bing, bada-bing.

get this
get this

and another thing......the article says that Hillery Clinton has already "endorsed" the Teachers Union   well she would endorse a herd of Goats if they could vote for her.

Astropig
Astropig

@get this


Um, with all due respect,you've got that backwards. It was the teachers union that endorsed her.


This caused no small amount of consternation because there was never anything approaching a plebiscite among members as to who would represent their interests most forcefully.This was basic,bare knuckledragging politics as favors were called in and favors granted.


It's ironic because Clinton will sell the AFT,NEA and any other alphabet group out in an instant if she's offered a dime more than they have given her.Charter management companies,school vendors and competing teacher organizations know all too well that the Clintons won't stay bought and that for some fast campaign ca$h,she'll throw the teachers under the bus (maybe literally,if the check is big enough) in a heartbeat.



get this
get this

clase80olddog........Perhaps you are right about the education cartel  and tenured professors. Something needs to change however as long as the teachers follow the cartel in route step nothing will happen and that is exactly what the cartel wants..Or we could just "cut off their" Money"( School Tax)...could be as simple as that.

Raja44
Raja44

I think Chris Christie deserved a punch in the face for hugging Jerry Jones in his owners suite at a Dallas Cowboys game while wearing a bright orange sweater.  All wrong on many levels.

An American Patriot
An American Patriot

It is one of my fondest wishes that when a Republican President takes office on January 20, 2017,one of the first things he/she will do is to do everything he/she can (and hopefully he/she will be successful) to rid/outlaw/ban/kill ALL government entity labor unions which include teacher unions, unions at our VA Facilities (those people should hang their heads in shame for the terrible way they have treated our Veterans) the IRS and all the rest of them.  UNIONS belong in the private sector (and even these are being seen as counter productive and are losing members) and NOT the public sector.  Unions protect the least productive among their ranks, i. e., those who are inept and should be fired. Again, UNIONS should be outlawed in our country.



Watsuie007
Watsuie007

@An American Patriot All citizens have the right to belong to groups; any kind of a group.  A church group, a union, a professional guide, a politican party in an effort to put up a united front in getting their message across.  Face it, groups of people can sometimes counter all of the money the billionairs spend to influence our elected officials on various topics of the day. Unions are not the problem; poor, inept, greedy and disrespectful managment is the problem.  A company or other entity gets the union it deserves.

AvgGeorgian
AvgGeorgian

@An American Patriot


I would like to see that same Repub strip all workers of 401Ks, sick, leave, workers comp, vacation time, health care, etc. All that junk just steals money from the consumer. All workers should be on call in a 1099 status like Uber drivers. A country full of independent contractors that bid on jobs and work only when businesses need us is the solution. Can you imagine how that ultra competitive labor marketplace would finally overflow the trickle down money pots? We would all be so much better off.

class80olddog
class80olddog

Oh, for goodness sakes!  What reporter asks a presidential candidate "Who deserves a punch in the face?"  What kind of question is that?  As much as I hated Beverly Hall, I would not say she deserves "a punch in the face".  She deserved twenty years behind bars.

I am not a fan of unions, but they are not the ogre that Christie makes them out to be.  If they make unreasonable demands, just say no.  Let them strike, and then when parents have to send their kids to school in the summer to make up for lost classes, let the teachers explain it to the parents. 

AvgGeorgian
AvgGeorgian

@class80olddog


If you watched the interview you would give your comment a C-. Don't feel bad- I also am sometimes too lazy to read all posts and the story.

get this
get this

Public Education teaches young Americans how to read, write and think if only the Teachers were allowed to teach but alas emphasis is on areas that do not emphasize study of the Sciences or Humanities.  I fear that the Govt. and Politicians are determined to "dumb down" Americans so that they can easily be controlled.  Teachers should use their  Power to demand a change in the Education process because the current system is really short changing the young people of America . It's up to you TEACHERS to change the system...Go for it..And forget what Christie says .He is just another political blow hard.

class80olddog
class80olddog

@get this " I fear that the Govt. and Politicians are determined to "dumb down" Americans so that they can easily be controlled."

It isn't the "Govt and politicians" that are changing grades and socially promoting kids - it is the education cartel.  I do hold Georgia responsible for eliminating the GHSGT; that was stupid.  But it looks like SCHOOLS are the ones who are "dumbing down" Americans.

sneakpeakintoeducation
sneakpeakintoeducation

@class80olddog @get this


But it looks like SCHOOLS are the ones who are "dumbing down" Americans.


Such broad sweeping generalizations without anything to back it up. Yes, tell me a few anecdotal stories to prove your point but you cannot say that all schools are not doing a great job.

class80olddog
class80olddog

@sneakpeakintoeducation @class80olddog @get this Yes, I can pretty much say unequivocally that APS is NOT doing a "great job".  And anyone who believes they are is a fool and out of touch with reality.  Schools hide their failures by their refusal to give a standardized graduation test by which their "graduates" can be measured.

Buttercup23
Buttercup23

Republican Governors have their orders from their billionaire sugar daddies, destroy Public Education.  Guess what that's exactly what they're doing.  They can't destroy Public Education if the teachers still have Unions so they are working to destroy Unions, just as Walker did in Wisconsin.  Look what Brownback has done to education in Kansas, a horror in the making.  Look at all the Red States, Education budgets have been cut drastically.  Look at Georgia and what Deal has done to Education.  Why do the sugar daddies want Public Education destroyed..so they can privatize them, it's all about the money..  Wakeup! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/08/02/why-teachers-cant-hotfoot-it-out-of-kansas-fast-enough/


1Robert
1Robert

@Buttercup23 Look at public schools in areas run by republicans like Gwinnett, Cobb and N. Fulton and you will find that public schools in those areas are in much better shape than schools in our areas like APS, DeKalb and Clayton.  Look what democrats have done to education in our own back yards, you do not have to look to Wisconsin.  Why do democrats whine about republicans hurting our public schools yet ignore the likes of Beverly Fraud ?  Did Cobb or Gwinnett lose accreditation like democrat counties Clayton ?  Didn't Dekalb almost lore accreditation as well ?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@1Robert @Buttercup23 

That is because the more fortunate citizens, in terms of their own monetary resources, have settled in North Fulton, etc.  Study history, without bias, and you will know why this is true.  It has to do with "man's inhumanity to man" more than with politics.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Buttercup23 

Notice how only the Republican governors (and only the majority of them) stand together in a bloc not to expand Medicaid to the working poor in their states.  Politics to them, imo, has become more important than their own citizens' lives.

Bob Yall
Bob Yall

Christie is right and he used a figure of speech... look at other Western countries and their educational achievement... they are not unionized...and spend alot less than we do on education.


Teachers Union's breed mediocrity and their inflated pensions cost the tax payers billions.



class80olddog
class80olddog

@BearCasey @Bob Yall I have paid into a 401k for the last 34 years and will pay into it for another 10.  And when it is gone, it is gone - no "lifetime benefits".  My sister ( a teacher) retired at the age of 52.  I will have to wait until 66.

sneakpeakintoeducation
sneakpeakintoeducation

@class80olddog @BearCasey @Bob Yall


What I don't understand about statements regarding your 401K is that you are showing what you would class as typical socialist rhetoric; no fair you have what I don't have. Just because someone has worked for a number of years and can retire on a pension plan, instead of saying that person shouldn't have it you should fight for the same benefits at your work place. That way there is less reliance on assistance after retirement.

class80olddog
class80olddog

@sneakpeakintoeducation @class80olddog @BearCasey @Bob Yall There were good reasons that businesses went away from pensions toward 401k - some good and some bad.  Pensions can be expensive and not predictable (as people live longer, it costs you more - perhaps you didn't budget for that).  Pensions my not be fully funded.  401k's are immediately funded.  401k's are portable, unlike most pensions.  My main point was retirement after 30 years - a very nice benefit.

30097
30097

By the way, if you're one of the new teachers who now regret being talked into joining GAE or GFT -- you have the right to cancel your membership at any time. Even tomorrow!

Just phone or email your school district's payroll department and revoke permission for the monthly deductions, and then email the union's school representative. If he/she claims anything else is necessary, don't believe them. It's just intimidation.

taylor48
taylor48

@30097 But if you get sued by an angry parent because you didn't treat their precious snowflake the way they thought you should, be prepared to dig into your own pocketbook for an attorney.  That's the major reason I joined PAGE.  A teacher never knows when a parent is going to file a frivolous law suit, and I'm not wealthy enough to afford a good attorney.  So, there's that.

YourWifesBoyfriend
YourWifesBoyfriend

Like it or not, he has a point. Our education system is riddled with problems - including a plethora of inferior, apathetic teachers.

YourWifesBoyfriend
YourWifesBoyfriend

Sneakpeakintoeducation - I don't need to rely on someone else's statistical manipulation to defend my point. I'm a parent as well as a former public school teacher - my statement comes from first-hand experience. Most teachers were present to collect a check and inch towards retirement. The few that actually gave a rip were being forced out because parents complained that they were "too hard" on their precious snowflakes. Going back to my college days, folks who washed out in other degree programs always landed in education because it was an easy path to a diploma and a job - but don't let facts & experience get in the way of your opinions and reliance on "peer reviewed" journals.

sneakpeakintoeducation
sneakpeakintoeducation

@YourWifesBoyfriend


I am sorry you had that experience and don't know where you worked. I have worked in schools in 5 different districts and found that in the schools most teachers were very good or excellent. There were a few I encountered that were not there for the love of kids and education. If you make such sweeping comments you should be prepared to defend them with proof or your comments lack any credibility and authority. Maybe you should stick with "in my opinion" rather than try to present your statement as fact.  

YourWifesBoyfriend
YourWifesBoyfriend

I absolutely stand by my generalization. The proof is in the product. Most colleges are having to add a required critical thinking course for all incoming freshmen because the public school system couldn't drive home this key skill over the course of 13 years. The public school system is a failure. Sure there are some good, well-intended teachers - however they are overshadowed by the abundance of mediocrity.