A star for the parent

Voters like candidates who are “teacher recommended,” though “endorsed by the teachers’ union” tends to be a turn-off, notes Michael Petrilli on Education Gadfly. In his Maryland suburb, candidates put a red apple sticker on their signs to show a teachers’ union endorsement.

Education reformers could learn a few lessons. If unions can own the phrase “teacher recommended,” why couldn’t reformers own “parent recommended”? The sticker could be a big gold star with these words and a picture of smiling children. It would go to candidates who support parental choice in education and who insist on providing families with lots of data about school results.

Of course, voters might wonder who speaks for parents, who tend to have a variety of views.

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  1. Indigo Warrior says:

    Of course, voters might wonder who speaks for parents, who tend to have a variety of views.

    Form a parents’ union?

    The parents could speak out for themselves, and put aside their differences on what constitutes a good school. The set of parents who send their kids to one particular school, and who think the school is good, already have a strong point of agreement.

  2. Well, teachers have a variety of views… but the current union system not only prevents them from being heard, but also forces them to support contrary views.