Those who speak out, like myself, face daily hostility by their own unions, their fellow teachers, risk-averse administration, and school boards that have been seized by progressives. There is no free speech when teachers have to pay a penalty to speak up to the beast that is our education system.
From the Blaze we get a couple recent stories of some teachers who privately, on their own time, using their own accounts, and speaking freely spoke words that were a threat to the progressive establishment- and they paid, some with their jobs.
A South Carolina teacher found herself in hot water over political comments on her personal Facebook account. Following President Obama’s re-election last week, Sharon Aceta, an eighth grade math teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle School, wrote (a phrase critical of Obama and his policies). Aceta was forced to recant this statement and has since deleted the post, and though she was briefly suspended, she hopes that she can now return to work this week. District officials continue to investigate the case, making sure that she knows that 2+2 does equal 5 and that she better agree to that or else she will lose her job.
Denise Helms, of Turlock, Calif., posted on her personal facebook page a post critical of President Obama and set the post to “private”- but someone else snapped an image and put it on Twitter and the teacher was fired from her job and her reputation has been ruined. She deactivated her account, but the damage was done- she had revealed herself to have personal opinions that were hostile to the ruling progressive powers, and so she was fired from her job.
Meanwhile, every day I get emails from union officials, many using school addresses, that are hostile to conservatives, tea party patriots, Republicans, and libertarians. These school officials, some on paid release time, are free to say whatever they want, knowing that there is not real equality in this world when their kind run the nation and that they can never be punished or reprimanded for anything that they say or write.
There is a war going on right now- a war in the schools and in education, and over the last several years conservative teachers have been driven into hiding and into the shadows, fearful of emerging from their classrooms, fearful of speaking their own minds, fearful now of even posting their thoughts in any public forum, because any speaking out against the progressive agenda by an educator will be dealt with harshly and swiftly.