Union Debate Not A Blame Game

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Washington Post

May 5, 12:00 AM

No more blame game on teachers

This is National Teachers Appreciation Week. According to the leaders of the nation’s teachers unions, it’s come none too soon. In their telling, teachers are being unfairly faulted as never before — even demonized — for the problems in today’s schools. We agree that teachers should be applauded and that society often doesn’t reward them sufficiently. But much of the buzz about demonization is coming from the unions themselves, which confuse criticism of union policies with criticism of teachers. We worry that they’re setting up a straw man that distracts attention from discussion about what’s needed to improve learning

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