The first concern of teacher unions is about "employee rights and collective bargaining"

National Education Association’s retiring top lawyer, Bob Chanin, speaking at the NEA’s annual meeting in July, 2009: “This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary. These are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay.

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Blogger Chas said...

The first concern of teacher unions is about "employee rights and collective bargaining", or those running the union will be voted out of office for not doing their jobs.
Education is the responsibility of the organizations that educate - the schools, colleges, universities, state education departments, and the myriad other organizations that are directly or indirectly concerned with promoting education.
The teachers' union, being a union, has to function primarily as a union, not as an educational organization. Their job is to represent the teachers against the evil, thug overlords (a little exaggeration there) who represent the exploitative government.
The sleight of mind that I'm seeing in this pile on against public unions is the complete absence of the grossly overpaid, government bureaucrats who are the teachers' bosses. They're being ignored by the media in all of this, with the focus kept on rank and file union members, who are not paid the outrageously extravagant salaries that their bosses get.

2/23/2011 3:49 PM  

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