Speaking at an education reform conference in Texas, Apple CEO Steve Jobs blamed teachers’ unions for making it impossible for principals to fire bad teachers. The Houston Chronicle reports:
Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.
“What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good?” he asked to loud applause during an education reform conference.
“Not really great ones because if you’re really smart you go, ‘I can’t win.'”
Jobs and Dell CEO Michael Dell were there to speak about how technology can help education, but Jobs said technology can’t do a thing if unions are blocking change.
“I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way,” Jobs said.
“This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy.”
Based on his contributions, Jobs is a Democrat, notes Mickey Kaus.