We can hope for (but not count on) the COVID shutdowns’ being the end of teachers unions.
Many of us sure do hope that Lindsey Burke is onto something, here:
The only way out of this mess is to free families from the clutches of the teachers’ unions. Funding students directly would empower families to access educational alternatives. The good news is that the unions’ political games could further the movement to fund students instead of systems, which already enjoyed significant growth in 2021.
It has been said that Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Federation of Teachers, has provided more fuel to school choice than Milton Friedman. Perhaps, then, a recent New York Times article asking glowingly “Can This Women Save American Public Education” wasn’t that far off.
Unfortunately, most people just don’t pay enough attention to make these connections, even for their own children. Moreover, I’ve been increasingly astonished, as I’ve gotten older, how quickly people want to move on from bad experiences, even if it means not holding accountable those who made those experiences bad to begin with, or at least worse than they had to be.