Governor Walker was asked this week whether he would encourage a relative with a teaching degree to seek employment in Wisconsin or Minnesota (where the teaching profession is still valued and rewarded), and his answer was confounding to say the least. Bragging that he dumped seniority, he went on to say teachers should be paid like NFL players.
“If the Green Bay Packers pay people to perform and if they perform well on their team (the Packers) pay them to do that,” Walker said. “They don’t pay them for how many years they’ve been on the football team. They pay them whether or not they help (the Packers) win football games.”
WEAC President Betsy Kippers said Walker “got the call wrong in suggesting our children’s futures are a game to be won or lost.”
“Wisconsin students need stability, not a revolving door of teachers,” Kippers said. “He and his followers have gutted public school funding by $1 billion, leaving communities unable to attract qualified staff, safe schools and up-to-date materials for students. It’s time politicians wake up and take responsibility for the long-term damage they’ve done to our schools instead of blowing hot air. The answer to attracting and keeping caring, qualified educators in our schools is fair pay and professional respect.”
On Facebook, we asked you: “Hmm. Where to begin? Do you see any holes in the logic of comparing a football player to a teacher?” Here is some of what you had to say:
Of course, as posted by one of our Facebook colleagues above, Walker’s comments bring to mind this insightful video from Key and Peele:
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker likened compensation in the teaching profession to free agency in the National Football League (NFL), Monday. Walker held an invitational-only listening session at Coon Valley and afterward gave a couple of interviews focused on education, rural roads and the use of state recreational land along the Mississippi River.