In Carol Cormaci's last column (Piece of Mind, 11/24), she solicited input from La Cañada teachers on many of the recent conversations about our public schools. Specifically, she suggested there may be a “culture of silence” permeating teachers' willingness to complain about our schools, alluding to a similar culture that this paper had reported existing among parents in our district. Cormaci likely isn't aware that this “silence” is not brought upon by a culture as much as by union decree. But she is not alone. I was not aware of the extent our union went to silence its members until very recently.
Just look at the La Cañada Teacher’s Association Union Code of Conduct to understand. It does not mention students at all. Here are the first three of five points:
I will not criticize any union colleague except to the individual directly.
If any union colleague is being criticized in my presence, I will confront the criticism and ask that it stop.