Good teachers, especially the newer ones who haven't had their idealism stamped out, should be treasured. Bad teachers, on the other hand, absolutely tick me off:
Kathleen Collins, associate general counsel for L.A. Unified, explained it this way: "Kids don't have a union."
Why do California taxpayers--who are footing the enormous education bills--put up with this?
GE's former CEO Jack Welch talked about teachers' unions at a recent Commonwealth Club event in Santa Clara. He said if you support teachers' unions, you're not pro-kids--you're pro-management. He's correct--teachers' unions represent teachers, not children. If teachers' unions cared about children, they wouldn't make it so hard to get rid of under-performing teachers. They'd also give up some of their lavish benefits, which would allow taxpayers to pay new teachers higher salaries.