2012-10-12 / Columnists

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TFA And New Teacher Project Condemn Loss of Irreplaceable NFL Officials In Settlement
Commentary By Norman Scott


Norman Scott Norman Scott [Warning: Satire alert]

The New Teacher Project condemned the settlement of the dispute between the National Football League owners and its locked out experienced unionbased Officials which will lead to the removal of the replacements.

“Research by the Broad and Gates Foundations shows that these replacement Officials have not only performed admirably, but even better than the old status-quo supporting Officials,” said a NTP spokesperson.e New Teacher Project issued a report called The Irreplaceables which documents the NFL Officials’ crisis in America’s professional football stadiums: a failure to retain the right officials. “Clearly, these replacement Officials have shown the American spirit through their willingness to undermine a union supported seniority system and their dedication to the children of America who love to watch football.”

Teach for America through its subsidiary, FOFA - Football Officials For America, received a contract from the NFL to set up a 5-day training program for the strike-breaking Officials who will now lose their jobs.

“What a shame these amazing and dedicated replacement Officials have come under attack,” said Wendy Kopp. “FOFA’s 5-day training program has proven more than adequate to handle the challenges of NFL officiating. Years of experience is an unproven and overrated commodity in proving competence to officiate a simple football game. And yes, that was a touchdown catch Sunday night. Green Bay just has a sore loser mentality.”

In preparation for the next owners’ attempt to break the union the NFL has announced that it will give FOFA a 5-year contract to develop a 5-week training program that will lead to top-notch officiating.

“This dispute was about the adults ignoring the interests of children who love their football,” said Michelle Rhee in a statement issued through Students First. “The old NFL Officials only want to maintain the status quo,” she said. “Students First was ready to pour hundred of millions of dollars in support of the NFL owners. Unfortunately, they cracked. Really, even worse than Rahm Emanuel’s caving in to that scummy teacher union. I’m very disappointed in both the NFL owners and Rahm Emanuel.”

Walden Media immediately announced a new film about how fans and football players team up to use a football trigger law to take over an NFL team and replace it with a charter. “Football fans in each city suffer from a monopoly and need a choice of football teams. We do understand that New York City has two teams, but really, one of them is the Jets, so that doesn’t count,” said a spokesman for Philip

Anschutz and Rupert Murdoch who backed the film

“Won’t Back Down.”

The new film, tentatively titled, “We Will Not Back Down From Those Slimy NFL Referee Bullies,” will star Jake Gyllenhaal as a hunky referee who graduated from FOFA’s accelerated 5-hour referee training program.

I know some of the Wave readers may not be aware of The New Teacher Project’s role in pushing the ideology that there are newer, younger teachers who are irreplaceable and that seniority must be overturned to keep them, especially since NTP gets loads of contracts to train and place these new people.

No one is irreplaceable.

Diane Ravitch and Jersey Jazzman have posted on the NFL Officials story.

I was watching Morning Joe yesterday and Joe Scarboro, who couldn’t get enough of trashing the teachers in Chicago last week, was up in arms over the greedy NFL owners’ refusal to pay for experienced refs.

Governor Scott Walker says it is time to bring back the referees’ union so there will be competent referees on the field. Why is it more important to have experienced referees in NFL football games than to have experienced teachers in our nation’s classrooms?

Here is an excerpt from a great satire from blogger Jersey Jazzman on the movie “Won’t Back Down” which I am happy to report is bombing at the box office. I urge you to go to the link and read it all.

Won’t Back Down II: The Sequel

Charter Manager: Oh, Jamie, I’m sorry to tell you this, but all you did with the trigger was force a change. No one said you would have any say in what that change would be. No one made clear who would make the decisions about how the school would be structured or who would run it. No one had a procedure to appoint a board of directors.

I’m sorry Jamie, but when you allowed this school to be converted to a charter, you gave up many of your rights as both a taxpayer and as a parent.

Jamie: Well, I’ll go to the local school board! They’ll force this charter school to have parental involvement!

Geoffrey: My dear Jamie, you didn’t think this through, did you? Charter schools offer you “choice”; they do NOT offer you “involvement.” If you don’t like the way we do things at KSSA, you can “choose” to leave; that’s what school “choice” is all about. But your local district, even though it must give us money to run the school, has no say in how we run the school. We are, in effect, our own district now.

Hilarious must read as Jersey Jazzman skewers KIPP and WBD.

Have a good day.

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