Voice of the Union

From an article by Randi Weingarten, President of the AFT:

I suppose it should be obvious that bare-knuckles brawling is unlikely to lead to progress, but I have to admit it took me a while to see things this way. When I first became a union leader, I was quick to identify the enemy, fire up members and wage war for what I believed to be right. Eventually, I learned that if you set out looking for a fight, you’ll find one — but you probably won’t find a solution.

This is a lesson that AFT members and leaders have taken to heart. Today, teacher union leaders still must fight for the tools and conditions that support teaching and learning, and for smart education policies. More and more, however, our leaders are building strong relationships with school administrators, doing the hard work of collaborative school improvement — and producing better results for children.

The rest is here.

3 thoughts on “Voice of the Union

  1. I like this article. Working together does not mean that sometimes there are not contentious issues but it does mean moving away from the ‘us vs. them’ mentality that really never works – not in grade school, high school, college, the work place, or unions and districts. It just make people permanently pissed off…and like the article says, that may be very dramatic and make for good gossip, it doesn’t get either side moving forward. To work together is not to ‘give in’ it is…as it says, to WORK together.

    The snafu for this is if only one side is willing to work or if both sides think they are unfailingly right (hence our inept federal congress)…but if working together is possible, then I’d sign up.

  2. Follow-up:

    “Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, known for her crusade to use standardized test scores to help evaluate teachers, is facing renewed scrutiny over her depiction of progress that her students made years ago when she was a schoolteacher.
    A former D.C. math teacher, Guy Brandenburg, posted on his blog a study that includes test scores from the Baltimore school where Rhee taught from 1992 to 1995. The post, dated Jan. 31, generated intense discussion in education circles this week. In it, Brandenburg contended that the data show Rhee “lied repeatedly” in an effort to make gains in her class look more impressive than they were. ”


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