The Chronicle of Higher Education had a great opinion piece recently by Teresa Ghilarducci titled Teacher-Union Bashing Is Simple-Minded.
Let’s say you’re advising a business with varying quality and you want to improve performance. Would you ridicule the workers publicly, cut their pay and benefits, and say that they are the sole cause of the problem and that you want brighter younger replacements who will work overtime and weekends? No new CEO would adopt this as a strategy for success. Attacking your work force is not an effective way to improve quality, produce a better product, and attract top talent—a bright young replacement would notice the disrespect.
So why do people think attacking teachers is a route to education reform?
Read the entire article here.
It’s dispiriting that so many journalists, government officials and so-called education reformers have taken to scapegoating teachers for all of education’s woes. They fail to recognize the complexity of the issues involved. And, as Ghilarducci points out, the disrespectful tone too many have taken towards teachers doesn’t do anyone any good.
Ghilarducci concludes by saying, “Those interested in real reform should figure out how to work with teachers, not belittle and attack them.”
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