Do teachers’ unions protect bad teachers?

Some significant fraction of the general public despises teachers. Everything that’s wrong with schools is our fault. And many of those who despise teachers place particular blame on teachers’ unions, which in their view serve to protect bad teachers (and probably do nothing else). But finally we have new evidence that shows that teachers’ unions actually result in better teachers — which is no surprise to those of us who believe in unions, but certainly doesn’t match what the popular buzz claims.

This whole issue, of course, is deeply intertwined with the question of charter schools, but I’m trying hard to avoid discussing that issue. At this point all I’m hoping for is that the general public will recognize that teachers’s unions are forces for good, not for evil. Do read the link in the previous paragraph.


Categories: Teaching & Learning