Teachers Unions – A Drag on Education (4/27/10)
One of the biggest obstacles to quality education in America today is teachers unions. They reward mediocrity, stymie the efforts of even the best administrators and make it difficult – if not impossible – to get rid of incompetent instructors.
But having said that, I also think teachers are some of the most under-valued people in America today.
Sound contradictory? It's not, and here's why:
Imagine a system in which public school teachers made $100,000 a year or more -- but there was no union. There'd suddenly be fierce competition for every one of those teaching positions among the best and brightest minds out there. You'd have to be among the very best to have any chance at landing one of those jobs. And once you got it, you'd happily give your best effort every day to keep it.
How could a union improve that?
It wouldn't be cheap. But this commitment to greatness would increase our ratio of truly well-educated students tremendously. And isn't that the whole point?
There's no one I admire more than a great teacher. And I know many of them. But under their current union setup, their less competent colleagues are nothing but millstones around their necks.
They – and our children – would be so much better off without the dead weight.
But what do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.