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tion she is not the helpless creature she was in the days
when even the job of teacher in the public schools was a
part of the spoils of politics.
Destroy that organization and each teacher will have
to protect herself ts best she can, take what pay
the political bosses see fit to give her and depend upon
some political ward heeler for her job.
And that means that when the Republican party is in
power the teaching jobs will go to the sisters, the cousins
and the aunts of Republican heelers, and when the Dem
ocrats are in power the Democratic heelers will own
It will place the teachers In the pub
lic schools in the same political cate
gory with the white wings and all
other city employes.
That means demoralization of the
public school system.
Since the organization of the
teachers they have had strength
enough to protect themselves and the
public schools from political spoils
men. They have been strong enough
to prevent bossism of the public
schools by political nincompoops on
the school board, who knew about as
much about education as a hog
knows about heaven.
The teachers have done nothing to
disgrace the schools, while some
members of the board have made
monkeys of themselves and grabbed
every chance to show their ignorance.
You can't make me believe that
anybody who is really interested in
the public school system is back of
this vicious attack on the teachers.
It Is true that all of the teachers do
not belong to the organization, but it
is equally true that those who do be
long have fought for the protection
of ALL of the teachers in every fight
they have made to keep the public
schools out of the hands of the polit
There is no danger to the public
school system in the affiliation of the
Teachers' Federation with the Amer
ican and Chicago Federations of La
bor. The children of most of the
members of organized labor in Chi
cago attend the public schools, and
nobody is more vitally interested in
keeping the dirty hand of politics off
the schools than the parents of chil
dren who attend these schools.
And there are rich taxdodgers in
Chicago who don't send their chil
dren to the public schools who are
sore at the Teachers' Federation and
have been sore ever since that organ
ization made them pay a small part
of the taxes they have been dodging
There are newspaper publishers in
town who probably have been sore at
the Teachers' Federation for showing
up the midnight session 'of a newspaper-controlled
school board that
helped those publishers rob the school
children of Chicago tit hundreds of
thousands of dollars.
I believe in the public school sys
tem. I am opposed to its being made
the football of either politics or re
ligion. And I am opposed to every
attempt to enslave the teachers and
make their positions a part of the po
litical spoils system.
Instead of any teachers getting
scared because of this attack and