You are correct that the unions have done nothing to improve education. The job of union is to improve the working conditions of the employee and to protect employees from being fired without just cause or due process. You sound like a foxnews groupie. Teacher unions, bad teachers and teacher tenure are the only ills of education. How simplistic and moronic.<quoted text>
Schools have always moved at the pace of the slowest in the classroom. I go back a few years and it was that way in my school.
But what has changed since then is classroom size, discipline, social promotion, special and bi-lingual education. The public schools I attended were always underfunded, classroom size was around 40 students, corporal punishment ruled and the other programs like social promotion, special and bi-lingual ed were not existent. It was not until junior high that we were broken down into varying levels thus allowing the smartest to advance with their peers.
The union IS one of the main problems. They protect "bad" teachers and they fight efforts to reward high performing teachers. Teacher unions have done nothing for improving education, only improving the welfare of teachers. School administrators, who we look to for action and accountability, are working with one hand tied behind their backs because of unions.
Many of the teachers in the unions have completely opposite politic views from the union leaders so they refuse to join. Others have joined for the sole purpose of being protected from students, parents and adminstrators. Social promotion has been around since the 70's in the inner cities. Teachers themselves could improve edcuation if they were allowed on the school boards that decide the curriculum, policies, schedules etc... It is the politicians, parents and students that make these decisions not the educator. So if anyone has their hands tied behind their backs it's the teacher.