You're a Saint
Saint Patrick did not introduce Christianity to Ireland. It was practiced there long before he was born. Nor did he banish snakes. Post-glacial Ireland never had any snakes. Saint Patrick is not the only patron saint of Ireland. He is one of three, along with Saint Columbia and Saint Brigit of Kildare.
Patrick was a missionary and not a teacher in a public school, but he succeeded because he did what many successful teachers do. We meet students where they are to introduce them to new ideas. Patrick used bonfires to celebrate Easter because the Irish were accustomed to honoring their gods with fire. He superimposed a sun on the Christian cross because the sun was a powerful symbol in Irish culture and in the pagan religions most Irish people practiced at the time. That adapted symbol is the Celtic cross.
I mention these things not just because I am a high school social studies teacher and I can't help myself. It's because we are in the political season, and now is a time when we need to be extra vigilant about separating myth from reality.
For example, Scott Walker has appointed Rebecca Bradley to three positions, including State Supreme Court Justice, during his time in office. Each time, he has promoted the myth of Bradley as a fair minded and intellectually rigorous practitioner of the law. But our friends at One Wisconsin Now (OWN) have researched Bradley's background, and many of us are horrified by
what OWN has found out
. WEAC Region 6 is a proud sponsor of OWN's work.
In articles Bradley published in the Marquette Tribune, she repeatedly referred to people in extremely offensive and disrespectful ways. I won't repeat her words here because I do not want to give more ink to her kind of hate. To this day, she has continued to affiliate and align herself with extremist organizations and individuals who endorse the same views she expressed in her college writings, and it is for that reason she is unfit to serve on our state's highest court.
When we go to the polls on April 5 to decide between Bradley and JoAnne Kloppenburg for our state's Supreme Court, we will also vote in the presidential primary and in local elections for school board and other offices. These candidates have been surveyed and interviewed by Region 6 locals and our allies in the organized labor community. Before you vote, I urge you to find out which candidates have been recommended and where each of them stands on the issues that are important to us as professionals who care about children and public education.
This is one of the many ways that the union works on everyone's behalf. We help you separate myth from reality. You can find this information by talking with the leaders in your local and by going to
the South Central Federation of Labor website
If you have questions or suggestions you can always
or call the Region 6 office at 1-800-397-2287.
Oh, and Happy St. Patrick's Day.
President of WEAC Region 6