I didn’t think much of the latté sipping liberal Kathy Wyenandt and her Lakota levy campaign of 2013 until she started putting up signs everywhere wanting to run for the Ohio House of Representatives seat in the 52nd district. I couldn’t even remember who she was until I saw that the local newspapers and other forms of print media were stating that her big experience for such an important job in politics was the 2013 tax increase that only won by 1% point after Lakota spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax payer money on advisors to help the cushion the public for a big raise to give their teachers—all in the name of children of course. That’s when I remembered Kathy Wyenandt and her levy loving barrage of guilty moms who looked to Lakota schools to babysit their kids all day and call it an education then wanted to pat themselves on the back for giving teachers raises because they wanted to maintain the illusion that “education” in America meant spending money on public sector unions and that contract negotiations were all about giving over-priced employees everything they wanted. I guess she figured everyone forgot and now it was safe to come out of the hole she put herself in and run for a big state office?
I of course argued against all this paying teachers infinite amounts of money, which was a very unpopular position, because most people want to believe that the public-school system is there to help them and make their children better off. And sometimes it does. I can say that I have a grandson in Monroe schools right now and he has a fantastic teacher, but we are talking grades K through 5 when everything for kids is coming alive. His teacher doesn’t make much money yet, she is right out of college and full of ideas, and I think she’s great. And some of the teachers that Kathy Wyenandt wanted to give six figure pay rates too through the levy passage at Lakota are good teachers—some. However, the average rate of pay for Lakota teachers is up into the mid-70,0000 range per year, much higher than the average pay of the taxpayers who have to cover their bill. Unfortunately, reality has something else to say about the nature of teachers and their social worth that politicians like Kathy Wyenandt never learned.
The proper business model for a public education teacher is to bring them in young, but once they start getting up in the pay scale to encourage them to shop themselves on the open market like a free agent to keep payrolls down. During the Lakota levy campaign of 2013 Kathy Wyenandt and her foot soldiers crusading for higher taxes to protect those teachers sold the assumption that the reason we needed to pay teachers more was to stay competitive and to retain the “experience” that teachers gained from years in the classroom. But I couldn’t help but notice that younger teachers were more effective often than older ones, and I gained that experience by raising my own daughters and watching the various characters in public school that they had to deal with at both Mason then Lakota schools over the course of their youth.
People are people whether or not they are teachers being paid to babysit our children while we are busy building a life for ourselves, which is what I would say most of public education is all about for the parents. For the government schools, public education is a brain washing opportunity to train future voters in the ways of liberalism. But that is another story, in the context of teacher experience I had a person send me a Tweet that reminded me of all this which I have included here. It is a video of a male teacher who had gone back to his office while the class worked on assignments. It’s a few years old, but is just as relevant today as it was then. The teacher was watching porn during class when a student opened his door and walked in on him. The student was openly harassed in class by the teacher and embarrassed into submission, which is a lot more common an occurrence the most people would care to admit. Most students could tell adults willing to listen of teachers in any school who are creepy and p to no good like this obvious porn addict featured in the Tweet. But adults who are either too busy with their lives to do much about it, or liberal activists like Kathy Wyenandt who want the government schools to do the work they were designed to do in creating a more liberal voting base are happy to overlook these bad teachers. Instead they argue such teachers need to be paid more money.
I wouldn’t say that teaching is any harder than other jobs, but life does have a way of chipping away at people. Like the teacher I mentioned in Monroe, she is great, and I hope that if I meet her twenty years from now that she is just as optimistic about life then as she is now. But give her a few husbands that cheat on her with some younger and sluttier woman, give her kids of her own who grow up and away leaving her feeling like a used up empty husk of a person, or an achieved home of her dreams that is outdated by the time she is fifty—parents that die, dream cars that rust away and a thousand disappointments from a media culture that never really lives up to the hype on the commercials and its unlikely that she will be as enthusiastic about her job as a middle-ager bitter about life and trying to teach young people to think big and dream about learning the alphabet. By that point she’ll likely be in the $70 to $80K range in pay, and she’ll be a mess of a person and the kids will know it. That’s when the district should cut her loose and let her high wages become someone else’s problem, not the tax payers. Bitter employees who evolved from broken dreams meeting reality are the kind of people who watch porn too much and take their frustrations out on children, and nobody wants that, especially a school.
Yet liberal do-gooders who think the biological instincts of motherhood make them capable of making hard decisions about management, such as the examples I have provided regarding the type of mentality that forces districts to cut employees who might want to watch too much porn or abuse kids with power trips because they are so ineffective in their regular lives. All those do-gooders know to do as liberals is spend more money to hopefully make everything better, to make the porn addicts and child molesters posing as teachers to see the light with good pay and benefits and to retain them for way too long once their enthusiasm for the job has long left them. Teachers are not good because they are well paid, they are good when they want to do the job of watching other people’s children because they love children. Take a young 27-year-old teacher out to lunch and most of them are beaming with excitement about the opportunity to help guide children toward a better life. Take a middle-aged train wreck out to lunch and talk about their job with kids who have been teaching middle school or high school for ten years and you’ll hear a different story. Add to that career disappointment their own lives of bad marriages, unfulfilled life goals and the realities of aging and what you often find are people who shouldn’t be anywhere near a kid under twenty. Because they are too depressing, and they certainly aren’t worth paying 90K per year.
So I suppose I should thank Kathy Wyenandt for putting all these liberal blue signs of hers up for this District race she is running for. I hadn’t thought about how much I despise people like her who lobby for overpaid public employees for a long time. But it is people like her who allow such corrupt people to be employed at such ridiculous wage rates and have screwed up the property tax rip offs that we have experienced in Butler County, Ohio. For people like her it comes down to wanting to believe that government schools can be good baby sitters. But reality says something far more dangerous, in retaining teachers too long you expose children to all the bitterness and disappointment that mentors can pass on to kids and that often limits the potential that young people have in life, it certainly doesn’t help them. And it is for all that which Kathy Wyenandt thinks she should be elected into a higher office. Liberals like Kathy are dangerous because they believe such things, and that isn’t a problem so long as they are minding their own business. But often their antics cost all of us a lot of money, and if Kathy Wyenandt has one thing on her resume that says what kind of person she is, all you have to look at is her role in passing higher taxes in the Lakota school district. And you’ll know all you need to know.
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