Fixing the Schools
On Education Reform, Teacher Unions Are Outliers
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  • Bruce

    “Overall, education reform shouldn’t pit teachers against legislatures, but instead bring these groups together.” What you are fantasizing about it is an impossibility given the situation with the unions. You know this – so why the simplistic platitude?

  • free_agent

    You write, ” bring these groups together to come up with the most innovative and effective means of preparing students for their future.”

    Certainly that’s true in some way. But I don’t see it as possible, and maybe not even legal — after all, the union’s *job* is to advance the well-being of its members. That’s like asking the UAW to come up with the most innovative and effective means for making cars. Or while we’re talking, asking GM to do so.

    The only people who care about the customers’ well-being are the customers. The only people who might care about the students’ well-being are the students, their parents, and those who they elect. And given the track record of American education, I’m not even sure about them. A lot of education reform seems to be driven by coalitions of big employers who are driven insane by their inability to hire large numbers of people who have the skills high-school graduates should have.

  • Gary Hemminger

    Mr. Mead and is his staff have to pretend that civility is the best way forward, but they are aware, as are most people, that the unions are not civil. They care about nothing but themselves.

    • Corlyss

      The unions’ chosen party are nothing but ruthless street thugs when it comes to politics. Conservatives usually think interaction with opposition is promoted by civility and playing by the rules. Street thugs don’t know from rules and etiquette; they know from savagery, ruthless single-mindedness, and winning in a zero-sum game. They always bring the latest weaponry to a conflict and don’t hesitate to use it; Conservatives bring Roberts’ Rules and Emily Post and end up lying in a pool of blood on the pavement, wondering what hit ’em.

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  • Corlyss

    Well, okay. Even if true, the unions still own the Dem pols. Vide De Blasio’s election and his promise to destroy charter schools. As long as the Dems dance to their tune, it don’t jolly well matter if they are outliers or not. They win; education, children, parents, and society lose. That’s how rent-seeking works.

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