I think I should create a new humorous law like Godwin’s Law.
My law would be called the Pezz Principle which would read something like this: “As an online discussion lengthens, the probability that the union is blamed–no matter the original issue–reaches one.”
Or how about this one for the Pezz Principle: “As an online discussion lengthens, the probability that teachers will be declared overpaid–no matter the original issue–reaches one.”
Maybe we could adapt these principles to include how teachers get “summers off”, don’t have “real jobs”, or don’t live in the “real world”. I think the Pezz Principle has potential.
On a serious note, I do worry about the perceptions the public has of teachers, especially public school teachers. I have had trouble putting my concern into words based on the number of articles and discussion boards centering on teacher salaries and declaring teachers need pay cuts or benefit cuts, but then I heard a phrasing that helped me formulate my thoughts.
People once saw someone with a solid government job which was better than their jobs and said to themselves, “I need to get one of those.”
Now people see someone with a solid government job which is better than their jobs and say to themselves “He needs a pay cut.”
Instead of people wanting to improve their situations, too many people appear to want to bring others down to their level. Solid government jobs–like teachers–now seem to be symbols of corruption instead of signs of middle class strength.