Raising Awareness of Flaws in Education Is <em>Not</em> Union Bashing

Where schools are failing, we owe it to others and to ourselves to examine why. The belligerent, class-baiting vitriol you so often hear when there is any criticism of education in this country is ill-advised and unwelcome.
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If ever you wanted proof that there may be an education crisis in this country, just look to the reading comprehension level evident in some of the comments posted on this site.

In my last post, I recommended people see Davis Guggenheim's film, Waiting for "Superman". I did not bash unions in this country. I did not state nor did I imply that charter schools are preferable to typical institutions of public education. I never represented myself as an authority on the subject of education.

What I wrote was:

Whether or not teachers' unions are partly to blame is open to discussion, but Guggenheim's film casts a light on that perspective. And once you get a peek at New York City's "Rubber Room" for outcast teachers, you may never view the NEA and the AFT the same way again.

This is a monumentally important film. My father was a public school teacher for 28 years and I can think of few other areas in our society that deserve this type of urgent scrutiny right now. See Guggenheim's film, which opens in theaters this weekend.

If you read union bashing into that, then you have a problem. An education problem.
Some posted thoughtful comments here about how the public school system in their area is not at all in crisis. In fact, they contend, they are thriving. That can only be viewed as good news.

But where schools are failing, we owe it to others and to ourselves to examine why. The belligerent, class-baiting vitriol you so often find here is ill-advised and unwelcome. Then again, what's worse than a liberal who doesn't have someone to blame for their political powerlessness? To say that a significant number of people in higher income brackets are eager to abandon the public school system is false. To say that those same people, whether they be in the entertainment business or not, want to hobble teachers' unions in order to foster a growing private business that replaces public education is outrageous.

Now more than ever, see Guggenheim's movie, if only to engage in a dialogue about our children's future that so many here want to drown out.

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