I’m taking an early weekend, so here are stories that other people wrote last week about teachers’ unions and the NEA convention.
* “John Stocks Gets Angry at the NEA convention” - Diane Ravitch. “When you dare not say the name of your oppressor, you show weakness and fear at a time when courage and fortitude are needed.”
* “Most union members have ties to government” – Associated Press. Weak, with some out-of-date stats.
* “Meet the New NEA Presidents” – Curmudgication. “The union’s inability to function in any mode other than the pronouncement-by-press-release and occasional NEA-site essay makes a joke out of its other pronouncements.”
* “The NEA Demands Arne Duncan’s Resignation; No One Cares” – Curmudgeon Central (not to be confused with Curmudgication). “The problem isn’t Duncan (well, it isn’t just Duncan); it’s the guy who chose him…”
* “Next NEA leader’s first task: Win back public” – Politico. “She points to her younger self with a mass of black hair (she irons it flat every day now) and remembers the year she taught 39 fifth graders at once.”
* “New President Of Country’s Largest Teachers’ Union On TVAAS: It’s ‘The Mark Of The Devil’” – Nashville Public Radio. Value-added measurement designer Bill Sanders responds.
* “Why many Democrats have turned against teachers unions” – Washington Post. Deep intellectual analysis results in conclusion: “Another easy answer for why teachers unions have fallen out of favor with some liberals is that when education policy is the matter at hand, they don’t know what they’re talking about.”
* “Teachers Unions Turn Against Democrats” – New York magazine. We’re not sure who’s doing it to whom, but there’s a lot of “turning against” going on.
* “Departure of Official Is Sought by Teachers” – New York Times. Headline writer with a low score on a standardized test.