Teachers unions are routinely depicted as the villains for the shortcomings of public schools. But without them, even the best teachers are vulnerable in the face of unfounded charges (“ ‘I was publicly shamed’: A Rocklin teacher was punished for showing students the news,” The Sacramento Bee, Jul. 3). When a 7th grade teacher showed her students CNN 10 news that included a segment about the mandatory vaccine, it was the start of a nightmare that was totally unnecessary.
Although the newscast showed both sides of the controversial issue, it was enough to infuriate the parent of one of her students, who proceeded to threaten the teacher via emails. The principal initially supported the teacher, but then backed off. The stress created by her treatment could have been avoided if the teacher had a strong union. But few seem to care.
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