Last night I had NBC Nightly News on as background noise until this segment caught my attention. With apologies for not knowing how to edit this to the relevant portion, listen as a young teacher speaks union heresy on nation TV:
No tenure! No contracts! Tenure — “I don’t see a need for it.” Her union contract — “is getting in the way.” These things keep her from doing her job the way she wants to do it.
If this young woman is typical of the new generation of young teachers, there may still be hope for our schools. Unions are outdated, self-serving, and more interested in politics than the education of our children. If enough young teachers understand that, maybe things will change eventually. Meanwhile, unless and until it happens, it’s our children and our future that will suffer.