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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Japanese Teachers' Union


Hokkaido Teachers' Union is a union designed for teachers in Hokkaido.
The union illegally donated money to the Democratic Party. In doubt of political activities conducted by teachers, researches have been done since the election on 2009.

They researched as many as 38 thousands teachers in Hokkaido. According to the report, as many as 300 teachers are doubted that they did political activities while they were working (there are many others who didn't stop them knowingly). This is undoubtedly illegal because they were involved in political activities when they were supposed to focus on their original duty. Please imagine people working for companies. It's not permissible if they are workers at companies. It's out of the question.

Basically, public workers are not allowed to do political activities and it applies to teachers too. However, the rule has been virtually ignored both by teachers and politicians who used teachers to gain votes, and the union members have been involved in election campaigns. Surprisingly, there's no law to enforce punishment on political activities by teachers despite its illegality. This time, 300 teachers are not going to be accused of the involvement in political activities. Shamefully, the Japanese judiciary can't punish them on that matter. Instead, they are accused of "doing political activities while they were working."
The educational field, the core of Japan, has been contaminated by the union members and politicians dependent on them after WWII.

Hokkaido Teachers' Union is just a part of the whole Teachers' Union. In fact there are as many as 46 (number of prefectures) other branches. So many teachers, who are supposed to be good examples for students, are illegally involved in political activities. Briefly, criminals are teaching students in Japan. To my relief, the number of union members has been decreasing a year by a year, but there's no doubt that the government needs to crack down on them as strictly as possible. Unfortunately, we can't expect further crackdown on the union members because the current government was supported by the union during the election.


I'll write about the Japanese Teachers' Union again because I'm obliged.

Do you have the same kind of problems?
Do you know any activity which is regarded as illegal but not punished like the case above?
Are you sure your education is unbiased?

7 comments:

  1. Wow, i had no idea about this problem. We have somthing similar that states a public worker may not make political remarks or participate in political events while wearing their uniform or on the job, naturally it gets ignored and the most that could theoretically happen is they lose their job (which isn't going to happen because the unions are way to powerful)

    [Are you sure your education is unbiased?]

    It depends on the district (as every district has their own teaching curriculum) so it can swing wildly depending on the county you're looking at, one school may teach xxx and average high grades, while a school just 30 miles away teaches yyy and averages low grades.

    Politics are also caught up in most of them (especially colleges and universities) As most teachers belong to the teacher's union, that associates itself to the Democratic party (officially a center left party) education tends to swing in the direction similar to Europe in terms of what sort of philosophy is taught.

    For example, the US went through a very rough time in the 1960s and 70s, known as the "Hippie era, and the sexual revolution" old values where replaced new ones and ethnic unrest between Whites and Blacks reached boiling points that resulted in violence.

    There is wrong on both sides, but most of the schools teach from a strictly extreme black point of view where Whites deliberately oppressed Blacks due to fear of reprisal for the days of slavery and the diminishment of "white power".

    While there are a few instances where they could be described as true, such as the 'KKK' it was a very small segment of the population. The large majority of both Whites and Blacks agreed with each other over civil liberties and had been very much against racism.

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  2. The only time i was taught a mild view at my school was when when the subject was about Dr Martin Luther King, who is one of the most prominent people in our history because he represented the population as a whole, and not just the extreme views on both sides.

    It's also true for the 'sexual revolution', it used to be very abnormal to have intercourse of any kind without being married first. Only having it once you had been married was looked on as being polite, respectful, and being of high moral character and integrity before the mid 1960s.

    In 1967 the "Hippie era" came into being. The philosophical 'hippie' believed in the replacement of the present culture and values, with an almost extremist view on libertarian. They advocated as anarcho-punk, rave culture, green politics, stoner culture, and somthing called "free love". "Free love" translates into no re-requisites for intercourse, meaning a total stranger should be shown the same affection and willingness to trust as your Husband or Wife. "Free love" had the unintended consequence of introducing innumerable STDs to at first the "hippie breed" and then the mainstream population.

    This point of view became far less extreme once the "Hippie era" ended in the early 1980s and what had once been a separate 'sub' culture, merged with the mainstream. to produce the non-conservative views of today.

    However my teacher taught me that it was due to ignorance, superstition, and unequal rights for Women that started the movement back in the 1920s, which i now know was an outrageous bias in education.

    The same is true on so many other issues, as the reasons we fought wars, slavery, and how we ended up with the Philippines. I did not know at the time, but i was being taught very bias points of views, they even had the nerve to insult the country in the textbooks the city used.

    However, the Teacher's union holds enormous power, and almost a dictatorial position on what is tight , as they can force teachers to strike if they disapprove of a planed curriculum course. As with most unions, the people in charge of them are socialists, or of the left ideology. This means they very often they ally themselves with the Democratic party who would represent them much more accurately than the Republican party who are center right.

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  3. As the Unions are extremely powerful, and are a key supporter of the Democratic party, they tend to show bias toward them in return for a favorable relationship. In the end, this means that leftist philosophy is taught in most schools.

    I don't have a problem with leftist ideology being taught, but i do have a problem with it being the only ideology that is tight. I belive it is up to the parents to decide how to raise their children, and if the school involves itself in teaching politics they should do so from a neutral point of view, or teach both sides.

    The problem in colleges and universities are extreme, unlike public schools, colleges are privately managed and have a very very bias outlook on many issues. Not to say all colleges are like that, but the very large majority of them are taught from a leftist philosophy.

    So in the end, even though public workers are not allowed to display political affiliation, or activity of any kind, they constantly do anyways, worst of all in the schools. While the problem is not exclusive to the left, the right normally do not tend to hold public jobs so the ratio of left:right wingers heavily favored the left, and hence they grab the most attention.

    I do apologize if i didn't answer you correctly, i tried my best but i may have gotten off topic a few times as it's a very emotional issue for me because i've been personaly affected by bias in school. I also edited and retyped much of it, so i also apologize if any of it seemed awkward or unfinished.

    I like to think i was an exception, as i only had three teachers out of the 50 or so i've had in my school life that tight things like that..but looking back on the content of the history textbooks i can'thelp but feel it was normal in that school, and another that used that textbook.

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  4. [(naturally it gets ignored and the most that could theoretically happen is they lose their job (which isn't going to happen because the unions are way to powerful)]
    So, there’s the same problem in your country. Probably the union in the US has greater power than that of Japan judging from your comments.

    (as every district has their own teaching curriculum)
    The American education has bottom-up system and allows people to select the kind of education individuals want. It’s an interesting system, but chaotic at the same time.

    [As most teachers belong to the teacher's union, that associates itself to the Democratic party (officially a center left party)]
    How much % of people join the union in your country?
    In Japan, it was close to 100% after WWII (no wonder considering the result)
    The number has been decreasing ever since, and now it’s somewhere around 40% according to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Every time I wonder if it’s feasible that one ministry handle so many subjects).
    As I mentioned in the writing, the number of new members is significantly lower (slightly lower than 20%).

    [Whites deliberately oppressed Blacks due to fear of reprisal for the days of slavery and the diminishment of "white power"]
    This idea was the truth at least partially.
    I agree that the majority of people, although I’m not quite sure about the ratio, supported the movement because the change couldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been the case.
    In my opinion, the reprisal will never happen in the US because it results in the denial of the “prosperous American history”. Not only whites, but also not a few minorities will be dismayed if it happened.

    [he represented the population as a whole, and not just the extreme views on both sides.]
    Something impracticable but a country always has to pursue.

    [it used to be very abnormal to have intercourse of any kind without being married first.]
    It persisted because of the Christian ideology.

    ["Free love" translates into no re-requisites for intercourse, meaning a total stranger should be shown the same affection and willingness to trust as your Husband or Wife.]
    I’m interested in what it was like.

    [I do apologize if i didn't answer you correctly, i tried my best but i may have gotten off topic a few times as it's a very emotional issue for me because i've been personaly affected by bias in school. I also edited and retyped much of it, so i also apologize if any of it seemed awkward or unfinished.]
    You have no need to apologize. Please remember that I always appreciate your comments. :D
    What is taught in early ages lasts till he/she dies. It’s a Japanese old saying, and I think it applies to the education. Children are vulnerable to brainwashing, so we need to pay careful attention to the education we receive.
    Thanks again for the sincere comments.

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  5. [The American education has bottom-up system and allows people to select the kind of education individuals want. It’s an interesting system, but chaotic at the same time.]

    Indeed, while it lets people be satisfied and allows much greater flexibility, it also has drawbacks. Students who transfer schools could face a sever disadvantage as subjects that are being taught in the new school may not have been covered in the previous school.

    It also causes textbooks to be more expensive and places more burden on local economies to support the school.


    [How much % of people join the union in your country?]

    Hmm..I'm not quite sure on that, i know it used to be far more popular in the 1960-20s than it is today. According to http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm


    16.1 million


    Percentage of workforce

    ▪ Total: 12.4%
    ▪ Public sector: 36.8%
    ▪ Private sector: 7.6%
    Demographics
    ▪ Age 16–24: 5.0%
    ▪ 25–34: 10.7%
    ▪ 35–44: 13.4%
    ▪ 45–54: 16.0%
    ▪ 55–64: 16.6%
    ▪ 65 and over: 9.0%
    ▪ Women: 11.4%
    ▪ Men: 13.4%


    Standard Occupational Classification

    ▪ Management, professional: 13.4%
    ▪ Service: 11.9%
    ▪ Sales and office: 7.4%
    ▪ Natural resources, construction, and
    maintenance: 17.7%
    ▪ Production, transportation, and
    material moving: 16.4%

    I see it doesn't single out teachers, so i'll try to do some guesswork.

    The two big groups are:

    National education Association:3.2 million members.

    American Federation of Teachers: 889,000 members

    This represents roughly 4.4 million members, out of 6.2 million teachers in elementary and secondary schools in the country.

    So theoretically i supose 7 out of 10 teachers belong to one of the two major teacher unions.

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  6. Oh thank you, i do have a tendency to say a lot and never shut up xD

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  7. [So theoretically i supose 7 out of 10 teachers belong to one of the two major teacher unions.]
    Thanks for the rigid data. So, the union in the US is actually much more dominant than the Japanese one.

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