Essay on Teacher Unions Effects Upon Education.

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When originally created, teacher unions were a noble cause meant to prevent teachers from being taken advantage of. Fight from the beginning, teachers unions and schools have been in conflict over several issues. Now though, as a result schools’ eagerness to cut costs, along with the union’s unwillingness to allow teachers to be fired, the student is becoming collateral damage. This conflict that exists between the teachers unions and school administration must be resolved through mediation, focus on students, and stronger laws to prevent teachers suing districts. At one point, America had schools that it was proud of. There are many areas where teachers and school unions will likely never see eye to eye; the school districts place the …show more content…
The labor unions reacted harshly to this idea, which reveals a contradiction of ideologies. The teachers unions say that they protect teachers, but do not protect incompetent teachers. The labor unions though, protect the tenure system, and the tenure system protects incompetent teacher. This ideology though is flawed as it neglects to account for compelling statistics. . “Just as inexperienced teachers don’t necessarily mean low-quality teaching, experience doesn’t necessarily translate to high quality.” (Elizabeth, 3). An inexperienced teacher is not the same as an ineffective teacher. Rather, “ a 2000 study of teachers in five states showed that elementary school teachers with more than 25 years of experience had students that scored significantly lower on national tests than students who had teachers with 6 to 10 years experience. From this study, you can discern that experience does not yield good teachers. What then, does? Devotion; a devoted teacher will have higher success rates. Over the past two decades, a different type of school has been popping up. Most notably, there is one school referred to as KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program). These schools are able to boast high graduation rates around 85 %; the major difference between this school and your normal public school is that the KIPP programs “…don’t cherry-pick—they take [any teacher] who will sign a contract to play by the rules, which require some parental involvement.” ( Thomas,

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