Glad I’m not the only one! Pete Siler, longtime agriscience teacher and FFA advisor at Lowell High School (now retired), didn’t take former student/FFA member/State House Chair of the Education Committee Lisa Lyons’ now infamous “pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered” comment very well.
He wrote Rep. Lyons a letter, too:
(W)hen I saw the video of your comments on the floor of the House of Representatives that teachers are “pigs” and that “hogs get slaughtered,” I was appalled and deeply offended. You degraded and alienated the entire profession that is responsible for the education that ultimately lead to the office that you currently hold.
The educational system in Michigan needs the complete support of the legislature and the citizens of our state in this time of turmoil and change. However, the efforts of the legislature, led by the Republican majority, have been aimed at destroying the basic fiber of education in Michigan as well as degrading and demoralizing the educators and support staff responsible for educating our children.
Well done, Pete! Maybe each of Rep. Lyons’ former high school teachers needs to express similar sentiments in writing. Interested? Her email address is LisaLyons@house.mi.gov. Have at it.