Wow! The WSJ reports that teacher union activity is now so ridiculous that even the liberal New York Times has had enough.
This WSJ article by Richard Whitmire and Andrew J. Rotherham really pulls no punches.
“A Washington Post editorial about charter schools carried this sarcastic headline: ‘Poor children learn. Teachers unions are not pleased.’”
The Times, “Calling a national teachers union ‘aggressively hidebound.’”
“All the reforms unions oppose—charter schools, testing, accountability, No Child Left Behind, performance pay—have been around for a while now and the disasters the unions predicted have not come to pass.”
And, finally, this great item:
“Among those schools, roughly 300 high-performing charters have emerged to accomplish something once thought impossible. They take low-income urban students previously viewed as a lost cause and turn them out college-ready. The success of these charters shows that being born black or Hispanic in poverty to poorly educated parents won’t necessarily lead to bad educational outcomes. Good teaching might be able to overcome all of these factors. And if charter schools can close the education gap, why not traditional public schools?”
But, read the full article.
By the way, after the revelations in the Kentucky Board of Education Meeting two weeks ago about what the union has done in the Louisville school system, don’t think this is only a problem in New York.