Joe Kline (hardly a card-carrying conservative) has an editorial in Time decrying the way in which teacher’s unions sabotaged a $200 million gift to Detroit’s inner city schools. The way in which the teacher’s unions are deliberately harming the interests of teachers in favor of lining their own pockets is nothing less than sickening. As Klein’s piece notes:
This was thinly veiled racial politics. “You’ve got a lot of poison in the air,” Mayor Kilpatrick told me. “People here are sensitive about white people bossing them around.” Kilpatrick insisted he wasn’t opposed to more charter schools; his own children go to one. And he was not pleased by the union’s role, even though he’s a former teacher. “The teachers’ union once was a progressive force, but that day has passed,” he says. “And it’s not coming back until the union realizes that we’re going to have to make dramatic changes to improve education here.”
The teacher’s unions cannot hide their greed and corruption forever, and the more people who see how they are willing to sacrfice the futures of millions of children to keep themselves in power the more people are going to realize that they are an obstacle to quality education.