As the world becomes ever more competitive, the harsh reality of America’s plunging educational test scores should provide a reality check. Blame is placed on the COVID pandemic, while omitting the fact that teacher’s unions are now advocating a four-day school week. This comes as The Nation’s Report Card reveals disastrously low test scores. We have linked the Arizona’s Fourth Grade scores, though grades 8 and 12 are also accessible — showing proficiency in mathematics, reading, science and writing. Each area shows a “significant decrease from the national public average, indicated by plunging arrows. Despite the low scores, Arizona’s Liberty Elementary School District’s Governing Board approved a change to a four-day school week, which will begin in the 2023-2024 school year.
In addition to curtailing education studies by slashing a classroom day each week, there is a new educrat language threat including the use of code words, “diversity, equity and inclusion,” for marginalizing some students to artificially benefit others. Education, including history, geography, math, English and grammar, are given short shrift. Public schools have eliminated cursive, so no one will have a signature.
When Robert Chanin, general counsel to the National Education Association, retired after 41 years, in his farewell address to the NEA convention he spoke honestly, (shocking video) stating,” Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas; it is not because of the merit of our positions; it is not because we care about children; and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child.
The NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of million of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them; the union that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.
This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing drop-out rates, improving teacher quality, and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary these are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not, and must not, be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights, or collective bargaining.
That is simply too high a price to pay.”
For a more rational approach benefiting our children and America‘s future, read “How to Rein in the Teachers’ Unions” by Howard Husock, and “How Teachers’ Unions Handcuff Schools,” by Sol Stern in City Journal.