They’re at every school. At least, they’re at every school I’ve ever taught at. They’re the teachers who hide behind the union, who every time we discuss some way of maybe improving something find an objection by quoting some obscure part of the contract that protects us from having to do that.
I got cornered by one of them yesterday. We had a partnership meeting coming up today, and he wanted to tell me how he felt about the decisions they might make. At one point, he stated that obviously the most important people at the school were the teachers, and that anything that didn’t support them should be eliminated.
I managed to neither drop my jaw, nor poke him in the eye.
I just told him that, in my opinion, the kids were the most important people at the school, and walked away.