I was accosted today in a public venue by an acquaintance who happens to be a teacher. I have known this person for years and said hello as he is neighbor who lives around the corner from my home. While trying to remember his name he said it with the words “why do you hate teachers." I asked him to repeat and he complied. Surprised, I said I have many friends who are teachers and dislike none of them, however I do have a problem with the teachers union as its primary mission is that of a labor union. The conversation went south from there and he wouldn't leave me alone as I tried to purchase meat from a stand at the market. I had to explain to them why he was angry at me. I was on the school board and he was a teacher, I had been vocal about the damage defined payment pensions are doing to public schools. They gave him no sympathy. His attempted explanation that was met with only frowns. Seeing this, he retreated. I told the merchants that this happens to me all too often because I dare to speak for the taxpayers at school board meetings. While I completed my transaction he stood off at a distance, as I walked by him on my way to the exit, he said, “Scott, no one in the neighborhood likes you." This is a public school teacher. ScottArmstrong
I find the teacher's attitude toward Armstrong disturbing. This first person account by Armstrong is not an isolated incident. I have read similar sentiments by teachers who should know better. Putting aside the Facebook page by the cyber/stalkers/Bullies, some rank and file teachers have indulged in the personal attacks. The school board represents the public and taxpayers, who have not demeaned the members who are teachers. Why should the teachers not extend the same tolerance toward the conservative members?