The war against unions

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.

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  1. wayne martin says:

    We sort of fought this out recently. I would be great if someone could quickly grab a copy of this book and provide some detail from Page’s experiences.

  2. I’ve often thought that teachers unions are a symptom of totally disfunctional school districts. Much as I dislike them, I think you’d have to be crazy not to organize in the face of complete idiocy on the part of the school administrations.

  3. Administrators aren’t, as a rule, idiots and the presence of a union isn’t a symptom of a dysfunctional school district.

    If you’re looking for an explanation a good rule of thumb is to reject the explanation that requires a special class of human, good or bad, in order to work.