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ERIC Number: EJ1047579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Teachers Unions and the War Within: Making Sense of the Conflict
Antonucci, Mike
Education Next, v15 n1 p28-35 Win 2015
In 1983, after the "A Nation at Risk" report came out, National Education Association (NEA) president Mary Hatwood Futrell attempted to mobilize the teachers union to lead the reform movement in American public education. This author states that Futrell failed at that task, as did Bob Chase, as did his successors, as will future NEA presidents. The failure is the inevitable result of the difference between what teachers unions are and what they would like others to think they are. This difference manifests itself as two messages: an internal one, meant for the unions' leaders and activists, and an external one, meant for education policymakers and the public at large. To avoid becoming losers in the game of "more teacher protective than thou," the leaders of the national teachers unions have to co-opt the militant message without alienating the education world at large, or the general public. While many union members, particularly younger ones, might join the public in hoping for teachers unions that embrace change, the folks who run the unions are comfortable with their traditional mission.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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