ERIC Number: EJ725610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
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Trade, Profession, or Entrepreneurs? The Market Faithful Raise Important Questions about the Future of Teacher Unions
American Journal of Education, v112 n1 p138 Nov 2005
The author features Peter Brimelow's The Worm in the Apple. Brimelow is a journalist who writes for Forbes magazine, frequently on matters of education. The book he has produced is a cross between journalism and pamphlet, a piece of muckraking journalism, as he himself calls it. Brimelow reports and to some extent repeats the indictments of the teacher unions that have been heard before: poorly qualified teachers cannot be dismissed due to union protection, principals cannot effectively counteract declining test scores, and so on. But beyond documenting myriads of cases of abuse, Brimelow unpacks the legal institutes that enable the teacher trust. The latter maintains its hold over the public school system through unprecedented concessions from lawmakers in whose backyard the teachers as government employees operate. Essentially, it is government employees arguing with government employees. What is more, given their resources and time, the teachers have a great deal of say about who gets elected to government office. They have the time, money, and clout to block any reform pay for performance, tuition tax credits, charter schools, homeschooling--that would undermine the union's bargaining monopoly. Brimelow says he wrote the book because many activities of the teacher unions are, in his view, little known and understood by the general public.
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Associations, Public Education, Unions, Schools of Education, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Education, Educational Quality, Teacher Effectiveness
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Labor Relations Act