Our Society Values Football more than Schools — Pathetic

We value NFL football more than good schools.

NFL Union Referees are locked out — and the biggest news story covered by the media is how inept the Replacement Referees are

It is decided by virtually all, that the Replacement Refs do not have the experience, knowledge or the temperament to handle the arduous task of refereeing a game.

Under ceaseless bombardment by fans and the media, the NFL capitulates and calls back the Union Refs to work.  Agreeing to a pay level north of $150,000 per year, for how many hours per year of refereeing games ???

Meanwhile, many of the same folks who are ready to boycott the NFL for what is perceived to be inept refereeing — do not blink an eye, when School Districts lose experienced teachers to Act 10.

Many of the same folks have cried out in anger about how the Teachers only work 180 DAYS (not games) -- and by God, some of them make as much as $100,000 !!!

What does it say about us, as a society, that we will not tolerate Replacement Referees for our National Bloodsport Past-time — while we throw Teachers under the School Bus, and feel fine about their Replacements, teaching our kids?

As the test scores fall, and as increasing numbers of graduates do not have the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace — at least we can rest assured, that the NFL will have a quality product to view, as we suck our beers and cheer.

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Greg September 29, 2012 at 11:11 PM
David, I have seen many posts that claim teacher compensation is low. The posts by Koven even call it a "vow of poverty". What I have yet to see is anyone stating how much is enough. More is like tomorrow, it never comes. If the teachers should be paid more how much is that? Should a grade school phy. ed. teacher make the same as a high school trigonometry teacher?
The Big Cat September 30, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Useless analogy. Apples and oranges. Taxpayers do NOT pay for referees's salaries. Taxpayers pay for teachers' salaries. No government agency has the moral right to tax it's citizens beyond their means. That is tyranny. Act 10 is the best thing that has happened to this state in decades. If this guy doesn't understand this, his teachers failed him, both in math and economics.
David Tatarowicz September 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
@Tony If you are saying that I do not have to support private for profit sport teams against my will --- thank you --- I will immediately no longer pay the .5% sales tax I have been paying for years to buy the Brewers their playpen, and I will not pay the sales tax in Brown county for the Packers, and I am sure the good Republicans will not impose a new funding plan for the Bucks new stadium (of course Walker will have to change his habits, as he pushed for both the public funding of the Brewers and Packers) --- Now, where can I apply to get back the taxes I already paid for them?
Dave Koven September 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Greg...How much is knowing how to read, for example, worth to you? Some people have called teachers "the gatekeepers to the American Dream". Ask any immigrants to this country what getting an education meant to them. Your education, or lack of same, will affect your WHOLE LIFE. "How much is enough, you asked?" Ask your CEOs or Wall Street workers who often have Masters degrees or more (as do teachers). Teachers and Nuns/priests are the only occupations expected to not be working for the money. The Catholic clergy take vows of poverty. It is somewhat easier for them because they are banned from having children. Teachers did not take such a vow, and they DO often have families. If YOU have a family, Greg, how well do you want them to live? What opportunities do you want them to have? What kind of life-long security would you want for them? Who pays you is not the issue. Becoming a teacher is an expensive and time consuming proposition. It is an investment in your future no less important than studying to become any other profession. Most people would agree that the benefits of getting an education are not as immediate as being helped by a doctor or lawyer, but your education will affect the quality of life you lead as surely as incurring an illness would. It takes many years to determine what your education has done for you. When considering this, don't confuse your choices with what teachers tried to teach you.
Mafia Mike October 01, 2012 at 01:39 AM
What's more pathetic than our society valuing football more than schools is the 75 comments arguing about it.


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