Haim wrote: > There are many imponderables to reducing class size, but this much is perfectly clear: it will increase the size of the teachers unions and it will cost a ton of money. > There's no shortage of "Haim's" posts where the first phrase that came to mind was, "What an idiot!" Most of the time I refrain from expressing this sentiment on the list. Most of the time--and the current example is no exception--the idiocy is self-evident. Yet, in this case, it's worth pointing it out.
There are conspiracy nuts everywhere and political leaning are not a bar to membership. The current administration managed to turn a lot of the Lefty ones into soothsayers and some are now parading around as prophets. But the sentiment expressed by "Haim" is typical of the paranoid kind at the opposite extreme. Seeing a nefarious union conspiracy behind every policy decision ought to land one on a therapy couch at least a couple of times a week. Medication may also be advisable.
I stopped reading math-teach some time ago. I do occasionally look at a post if the header strikes me as odd. I peeked at this one because the thread is months old and never had any substance to begin with. So I wondered what was so damn important to continue it. Shamefully, it's just more crap.