Former Education Secretary Rod Paige’s new book, The War Against Hope, bashes teachers’ unions so indiscriminately that it manages to make them seem sympathetic, writes Andrew Rotherham (Eduwonk) in the New York Post. Unions are averse to change, Rotherham writes.
Yet teachers’ unions are hardly the only impediment to improving American education. Any analysis must carefully disentangle the extent to which they are the cause of problems or merely symptoms of more fundamental issues.
On the other hand, Checker Finn calls the book thoughtful, provocative and constructive.