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Teachers Make Easy Scapegoats for Anti-Union Sentiment

Teachers Make Easy Scapegoats for Anti-Union Sentiment

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While the assault on tenure has been all over the news, U.S. News and World Report writer Susan Milligan decided to examine exactly why particular schools perform poorly. She concluded that while it's easy to pin the blame on teachers, that's not the only reason some schools don't perform as well as others.

“The premise was barely questioned, as though the only possible reason students could be doing badly is because the teachers are ineffective, and that the only reason there are some bad teachers is that the evil teachers union (often called, in news stories without any factual justification, the "powerful" teachers unions) protects incompetence,” she wrote. “There was barely a ripple of a suggestion that there are people who want to disenfranchise all unions, and going after teachers is a fashionable and effective thing to do, since there are so many parents out there.”

The issue, she argued, is that teachers are a convenient scapegoat and an easy way to take on unions.

Read Milligan's full argument here.

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