Here’s some insight into the attacks faced by teachers and their unions recently by Mark Naison, professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham University in New York and chair of the department of African and African-American Studies:
“All over the nation, teachers are under attack. Politicians of both parties, in every state, have blamed teachers and their unions for the nation’s low standing on international tests and our nation’s inability to create the educated labor force our economy needs.
“Mass firings of teachers in so-called failing schools have taken place in municipalities throughout the nation and some states have made a public ritual of humiliating teachers. In Los Angeles and New York, teacher ratings based on student standardized test scores–said by many to be inaccurate–have been published by the press. As a result, great teachers have been labeled as incompetent and some are leaving the profession. A new study showed that teachers’ job satisfaction has plummeted in recent years…”
Read more of Mark Naison’s analysis on the Washington Post website.