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Reader Opinion: Licensing intolerant monopoly power

It's becoming quite clear that teachers, and their politically powerful unions, are worried about Josh Heintzeman being our representative. The latest tactic is insisting how vital licensing is. Who issues them, under what politicized conditions,...

It's becoming quite clear that teachers, and their politically powerful unions, are worried about Josh Heintzeman being our representative.

The latest tactic is insisting how vital licensing is. Who issues them, under what politicized conditions, isn't discussed.

Emphasis is placed on "creating an atmosphere" and "encouraging active participation." Everywhere in the argument, we find references to the demands placed on teachers, and the dangers of "proficiency tests" making or breaking a career.

Implicit is the notion that the State and unions, and teachers, care more than parents.

With the politicians and the unions overseeing the licensing, and with the public excluded from contract negotiations between those financially symbiotic entities, a process has developed giving powerful political groups exclusive control over a one-size-fits-all, arrogant bureaucracy, for which no amount of money or domination will ever be enough.

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Anyone who has witnessed the video of presidential "anti-bullying Czar," Dan Savage, cursing and harassing Christian students out of a "student journalism convention," must wonder how those licensed teachers who featured him managed to keep those licenses.

Observe (forceful language): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao0k9qDsOvs

Many teachers consistently called my radio program, encouraging us to continue speaking out against the onerous curricular bullying that dominates state and union education. Oddly, however, they were unwilling to go on the air. Fear of employment hassles, or of having their career "complicated" by the union, were their stated reasons.

Do parents trust "licenses" that bring Michael Moore movies and the virulent propaganda of Howard Zinn's People's History to classrooms?

The election indicates they do not. That is very encouraging.

As Voltaire wisely said: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

Josh won election because he is trusted.

He earned that trust by the way he is raising his family without a license.

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Guy Green

Brainerd

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