Video: How teacher unions hurt schools
posted at 2:31 pm on February 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Prager University has another of its excellent video series out today, and it takes a look at … education. Stanford Professor Terry Moe discusses the single biggest obstacle to reforming the educational system, as well as the biggest reason why we need reform in the first place:
One of our staff members here at Prager University has a relative who is a gifted teacher, but who left the classroom because union politics drove her away. Many of her colleagues were more interested in ending their work day the very minute their union contract said they could than in staying an extra hour to create more effective lesson plans. Talented young teachers got passed over for promotions and raises in favor of older, burned-out union members who were biding their time until they could collect full retirement.In our latest video, Terry Moe explains exactly why teachers unions are the main obstacle to real reform in public schools. Dr. Moe is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.In just five minutes, you will learn:
Why teachers unions are opposed to the interests of parents and students
Why bright, young, motivated teachers are fired first, while older, incompetent teachers are virtually immune to losing their job
Why teachers unions block school choice and won’t allow teachers’ salaries to be contingent upon whether students actually learn.
Be sure to watch it all.