Teachers’ unions constantly strike, demanding more cash and less work, while claiming that they’re not teaching students for the sake of the students. Meanwhile, they are the interface between a public school system and the nation’s children that has destroyed education and test scores while constantly advocating against policies, like test scores and standards, that provide an objective view of outcomes.
All of that was bad enough, but during the pandemic, teachers’ unions became the loudest and most forceful voices demanding the shutdown of schools because it made life easier for them. Zoom school raised suicide rates and lowered student test scores.
How badly? Catastrophically.
The decline in math scores last year was the biggest in the past 50 years, according to newly released federal data.
The average math score for 13 year olds declined 9 points between the 2019-20 and 2022-23 school years.
The average reading score for 13 year olds declined 4 points between the 2019-20 and 2022-23 school years.
50 years. Time for another strike and claims that if only we paid teachers like we do NBA players, public students would be finally able to read. Meanwhile, teachers have managed to secure six-figure salaries in New York City, along with Los Angeles and Chicago, but somehow they just don’t have enough cash.
It’s abundantly clear that there’s no way forward to fixing the country’s educational crisis without school choice, breaking up special interest monopolies, from the Department of Education to major textbook publishers and the public school system, and its biggest parasites, the teachers’ unions..
And the full weight of the federal government needs to be brought to bear against the teachers’ unions that have greedily destroyed education for generations of children… before they find some other pretext for shutting down schools for a year.