Homestead strike 1892 lessons for math ed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_Strike#Aftermath

The Men Who Built America on History Channel covers this.

http://www.history.com/shows/men-who-built-america

The working conditions were 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.  About what kids are given with homework, required extra curricular activities for their college application, and other impositions on their time.

Children can’t organize like the AA could.  No recess. No gym class.  Homework.  Reverse class rooms, i.e. watch videos after school.  Mandatory additional activities imposed by the cruel college admissions committees.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalgamated_Association_of_Iron_and_Steel_Workers

Pinkertons brought in to break the strike.  Like immigrant workers and guest workers.  Green card stapling is a continuous strike breaking.

Teacher unions are facing the onslaught of H-1b, green card stapling and the organizing of the Romneys, Bloombergs, etc. to break not just unions but the American middle class itself.  That includes STEM teachers, teachers and all STEM workers.

Right now, they own Congress.  That means the flow of strike breakers of each year’s immigrants is unstopped and will tend to increase.

Labeling the opposition to this as racist is a powerful tool of propaganda.  This is far superior to Frick and even Carnegie.

The Johnstown Flood organized by Frick led to court lawsuits that got nowhere.  9/11 caused by immigrants led to no stoppage in immigration.

The mortgage crisis caused by immigrant and Diversity borrowers also led to no real reform.  The bosses are in charge as firmly as in the time of the Homestead Strike.

Since the bosses are targeting teacher unions, pensions, pay, and job security, we can expect them to go from victory to victory.  As long as they can bring in more immigrants and guest workers, their victory is certain.  They know that.

The cities and states don’t have the money to pay for educating these millions of poor immigrants.  They will break the teachers.  This is what Rahm Emanuel did in Chicago even in an election year.  Of course, Illinois was a safe state for Obama from immigration diversity.

Teacher unions support the immigration that made Illinois a safe state for Obama and Emanuel to turn on the teacher union to break them.  The main condition was a win for Emanuel.  He can fire teachers based on test results.

Chicago Public Schools are below 10 percent White. So Diversity will have poor test scores and teachers will be fired.  This means losing their pensions.  This is a victory on the scale of the Homestead Strike for Frick.

Khan Academy videos are a strike breaking and teacher union breaking tool.   The instruction is done by Khan and the teachers can be replaced by monitors or even volunteer parents.

Frick was willing to shoot and kill to defeat the union at Homestead.  Emanuel is no less determined and he won his strike.

In our time, the teacher unions have no public support. Their pensions, job security and working conditions are so superior to the private sector that the public won’t back them.  The unions have supported taking these benefits away from private sector workers by immigration as continuous strike breakers. They are next.

This applies to college math ed professors next.  The public no longer supports the huge tuition and borrowing bubble of college. They see it as greed, corruption and incompetence in controlling costs.  They also see colleges as run by leftists who condemn them as racist anyhow.  This applies to the taxpayers who support those colleges.

The financial excesses of college and the inability of the immigrant tax base to support education means that the teacher unions and the cushy world of college profs are going to face increasing pressure.  This will make them collapse unless immigration is stopped almost completely.  But they themselves promote it, and thus are their own strikebreakers.

Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first drive mad. This applies to the teacher unions and the colleges.    They are the ones with overweening hubris.

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