Sunday, March 4, 2012

Free Teacher Face Lifts = PR Train Wreck

When a story like this hits the press, it makes the PR guy in me cringe. And it's disturbing from a teacher's perspective. Heck, it's bothersome to me as a taxpayer, for that matter.

Apparently Buffalo, New York has been offering free plastic surgery - no deductible - to all public school teachers in the city for the past 40 years.

Police and firefighters have the same union-negotiated benefits, but of course the media focuses almost solely on teachers.

And, understandably, mainstream and conservative news outlets / blogs are blowing up with angry news stories ... and even angrier reader comments.

Every story like this is accompanied with a thousand comments from the public, such as "Wow three months off plus free breast implants!" And so our collective image slides further into the muck.

Teachers are unfairly attacked with frequency. But this nonsense does not help anyone (except plastic surgeons). I'm reminded of a favorite saying of my grandmother: God helps those who help themselves.

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