“While I have much to learn about how teachers unions function in these high-performing countries, my early reporting suggests they are real partners in ensuring teacher quality and meaningful professional development. That’s where they spend their time and energy — not fighting to keep bad eggs on the payroll.”
I had to go through this post a couple of times to get a reliable “feel” of this blogger’s position in this post.

Ye Olde Soapbox

Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Opinion Writer

Romney vs. teachers unions: The inconvenient truth

By Matt Miller, Published: May 30

Now that he’s clinched the GOP presidential nomination, Mitt Romney has discovered that we face a “national education emergency,” and that emergency has a villain. Romney is taking aim at teachers unions, charging that President Obama is “unable to stand up to union bosses” whose “cause in life is preventing parents from having a meaningful choice or children from having a real chance.” 

 

Well, to echo Richard Nixon’s famous phrase, let me say this about that.

I’ve slammed teachers unions plenty. They make it too hard to fire bad teachers who blight the lives of countless kids. They defend a “lockstep” salary schedule even though districts need to be able to pay much more for recruits with math and science degrees who have lucrative options outside the classroom. They dominate school board…

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About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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