Vox treats us to a proposal for significant reform of the american K12 education system. Sadly, it doesn’t include the one grand reform that would actually help – killing the teachers’ unions. It does ask all the right questions:
The pandemic is an extraordinary opportunity to reform US education
Yes, indeed it ism, let’s kill the teachers’ unions.
If there is one bright spot, nearly every sector of society has seized on the opportunity for systemic reform.
Every sector, that is, except for the educational system,
Indeed, so let’s kill the teachers’ unions.
As a front-line health care provider and parent who innovated during this pandemic by helping to open temporary hospitals for people experiencing homelessness, and as an educator and parent in the public school system where massive cuts are planned, we find this lack of creative thinking incredibly frustrating.
If we killed the unions we’d save enough that we’d not need to cut anything else. So, let’s kill the teachers’ unions.
As schools plan for reopening, it seems as though the door has nearly closed for changes to the educational system that would reduce the opportunity gap and promote individualized learning. But there is a small window of opportunity to take advantage of this pandemic and wedge in measures
Yep, there’s still time to kill the teachers’ unions.
Why is structural change in the education system necessary?
Because we want to kill the teachers’ unions.
Much of the US educational system is based on outdated institutional policies
Yep, them unions.
The landscape of students’ needs has changed over the past 50 years, but the educational system has not.
Unions. We have good evidence for this too. The one major thing that charter schools are free from is those unions and their associated bureaucracy. They perform rather well too.
Why haven’t schools embraced change in the pandemic?
Because we have not, as yet, killed the teachers’ unions.
We have no reason to believe that structural change — no matter how temporary or incremental — is impossible in the educational system.
Sure, we’ve proven we can kill the teachers’ unions – charter schools.
Any discussion of schools from the federal government has focused solely on “reopening safely.”
Quite so, when it should be “kill the teachers’ unions”.
The US Department of Education, again, has been largely silent on the issue and has yet to release any guidance on the topic.
The Feds should step up, you’re right, kill the teachers’ unions. Easy enough to do – not Federal money will go to a school system that recognises unions. There we are, done.
But the lack of progress cannot be blamed fully on the federal government; school district leaders have been largely absent on seizing on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remake the system.
Yep, school boards should also kill the teachers’ unions.
during the pandemic, there have been virtually no district-level attempts to move toward even incremental change, let alone systematic change.
Agreed, entirely a wasted opportunity.
More commonly, school districts have simply assembled expert panels, held town hall meetings, and sent out virtual surveys to parents to determine the best approach forward within the established paradigm.
Too few are grasping the chance to kill the teachers’ unions.
We say these models were predictable because they are predicated on an outdated paradigm of learning that deserves to be reevaluated.
Quite, we need to change the system. Kill the teachers’ unions.
What happens to that opportunity gap if private schools, which are filled with affluent white children, are able to reopen for in-person learning while urban public schools, which are populated by majority Black and brown children, are not?
Absolutely. So, we need to kill the teachers’ unions that are preventing the public schools from repoening.
But it raises the question: Why hasn’t the educational system seized on this opportunity to enact permanent or even temporary changes?
Now that is a question that deserves an answer. Why haven’t the teachers’ unions been killed?
The incremental steps that can be taken now
Why be incremental? Ban the teachers’ unions now.
Remarkably, in all their pontificating about how to improve K12 they don’t once even mentions teachers’ unions. And anyone analysing the system without such noting really isn’t paying attention.
The solution is simply – kill the teachers’ unions.