Thursday, August 11, 2005

More on the cost to students of healthy teachers

EdWeek follows up on this story in this week's issue. Key quote from the exec. director of the group that did the study:

“What strikes me is that our findings are almost perfectly aligned with what manufacturers are telling the public is such a problem,” she said. “I think it’s important that the public and policymakers know that education is being likewise impacted.”
And even scarier is how administrators wish they could handle the problem if they didn't have unions to negotiate with:

Pressed for their views on possible solutions, 70 percent said they considered shifting insurance costs to employees to be “promising.” Fifty-three percent saw merit in “wellness” programs aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles. About half saw value in “educating employees about benefits.”

Finally, the scariest thing of all: This chart --

A total of 68% of respondents agree that the cost of health care negatively affects student learning.

1 comment:

redhog said...

Teachers unions should have first and foremost the interests of their members at heart and in mind. All else will then fall into place, such as a flourishing and inspired new generation. Do people rail against the American Medical Association or the Chamber of Commerce for pursuit of their self-interest? By an inexplicable alchemy,students do better when teachers are not resentful of their oppressed economic and professinal lives. The claim that the unions are for the "annihilation of No Child Left Behind" is palpably inaccurate. Unions have urged, for the benefit and advancement of students, certain fine-tuning of this sweeping legislation. Teachers struggling to maintain a tenuous hold on a middle'class standard of living does not constitute a threat to the "mission" of serving kids. With 200 college credits and three decades of professional experience, a teacher shouldn't have cause to worry about paying for an oil-change or an appendectomy. They should not need to live hand-to-mouth or even "check-to-check" as fruits of their dedication and expertise. Refer to