Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Discussion About Teachers Unions
At last the discussion regarding teacher unions and their role in education is on the table. For so long people have complained, blamed, and defended teachers and teacher unions for the failure in education without having an actual thoughtful conversation that acknowledges the failures and is open to changes.
This conversation is especially exciting following the recent documentary Waiting for Superman and response it generated by organizations such as Stand for Children. For true educational reform to occur, conversations need to happen at the level that is most directly related to the people and process of education itself - on the local teacher level. Are they being adequately supported? Are they capable of doing their job? Who is to blame if they aren't? Tough questions - good discussion.
Listen to it online at Talk of the Nation.