I continue to read that the San Diego Community College chancellor and two board members up for reelection are convinced that the recent votes of no confidence at Miramar, Mesa and City colleges are the work of the "teachers' union," which has brainwashed us all. This is pure poppycock, though it does show just how out of touch these people are.
I have taught at City College for many years. Let's set the record straight. We have two organizations, California Teachers Assn. (CTA), and American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Some of us belong to one, some to the other, some to neither. No group has succeeded in getting us all to join. I have belonged to both at one time or another; right now I belong to neither. The two groups argue, which is healthy. More importantly, teachers are independent thinkers and scholars by trade, and we resent mightily having anyone try to do our thinking for us, a major problem in our district, with the board doing just that. On this one issue, however, we agree: we have no faith in our board or in Chancellor Garland Peed. Here's why:
At City, we no longer have enough classes, including those necessary for the students to major or transfer, in spite of what board members Dan Grady and Louise Dyer say to the press and each other. We no longer have a student newspaper or a journalism program. We have far too few counselors, and Peed is threatening to reduce their numbers and status even further.