Teachers Unions

The Year Teachers Unions Killed the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

The United States was virtually alone in keeping schools closed this fall. As a result, public education—and cities—may never look the same.


I've got a great new business model for ya, kid.

We're going to tell parents of every child between the ages of 5 and 17 that they are required by law to prove that they are regularly—like Monday-through-Friday, eight-months-a-year regularly—consuming a certain category of product. We are further going to offer that product for free (on the consumer end, anyway). Operational funding will vary by geography, but will basically be anchored to property taxes, which tend to grow predictably over time. Additional money is routinely provided on a per-customer basis. In many places, the only entity with access to that funding will be a monopoly. That's where you come in.

You are in charge of the primary purveyors of this product—the employees of the monopoly, or near-monopoly. You run their guild. Your challenge is to make their working conditions maximally favorable, to grow their ranks, and to make sure nothing disrupts that guaranteed revenue stream. Oh, and in many big cities and heavily populated states, your union has among the most political power of any organized bloc, helping to elect and influence the politicians with whom you negotiate working conditions at the monopoly.

You couldn't possibly screw this up, could you? Could you?


One of the central paradoxes of monopolies is that they rarely last in the long run. Eastman Kodak had 96 percent of the American photographic film market in the 1920s, was on the Dow Jones Industrial Average index for 75 years, but by 2012 had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Microsoft had 94 percent of the web browser market share in 2002; now it's below 5 percent. Daily newspapers in the U.S. were overwhelmingly monopolistic in their cities between 1960 and 2000, fattening up both profit margins and newsroom budgets.

It's usually difficult to appreciate in real time, but the very noncompetitiveness that builds monopolistic fortunes seeds their eventual demise. The phrase "captive market" is quite apt: Managers start treating clients like prisoners, always extracting maximum value from a consumer base they treat with increasing indifference or even contempt.

Writing about Kodak and other upended behemoths in the Wall Street Journal back in 2006, William M. Bulkeley observed: "Their business success relied on forcing customers to buy things they didn't want. Photo companies made customers pay for 24 shots in a roll of film to get a handful of good pictures. Music publishers made customers buy full CDs to get a single hit song. Encyclopedia publishers made parents spend thousands of dollars on multiple volumes when all they wanted was to help their kid do one homework paper. The business models required customers to pay for detritus to get the good stuff."

As Nick Gillespie and I wrote on the occasion of Kodak's bankruptcy, "When given real choice, especially the choice to go elsewhere, consumers will drop even the most beloved of brands for options that enhance their experience and increase their autonomy." But: "No corner of the economy, of cultural life, or even of our personal lives hasn't felt the gale-force winds of this change. Except government."

Which brings us to public education in the COVID-scarred year of 2020. Teachers unions, and the (largely Democratic) politicians they back, have relentlessly limited parental choice in the name of maximizing the autonomy of teachers to opt out of classrooms while still getting paid. No other country in the industrialized world has closed schools down to this degree.

Public schools in Los Angeles—mild, outdoors-friendly Los Angeles—have been 99 percent shuttered since March, with no opening in sight. What few big cities that have allowed for in-person instruction, such as New York, operate on maddeningly unpredictable hybrid schedules, subject to the ever-changing whims of a union-feting mayor who "hates" (typically non-unionized) charter schools, even though they educate 10 percent of the children in his system. The remote learning that tens of millions of kids are suffering through nationally is broadly understood to be a disaster.

The results are as predictable as day following night: Parents are pulling their kids out of public schools.

"The school boards association estimated that as many as three million students—about 6 percent of the public school population—are not taking classes right now, and that number could grow," the New York Times reported in a December 22 piece. "That is potentially a major drain on public school budgets because most states base school funding at least in part on enrollment numbers."


"Public Schools Face Funding 'Death Spiral' as Enrollment Drops," went the Times headline, and you can see why:

The pandemic has already forced schools to fire non-union employees, spending the money instead on remote learning technology, the retrofitting of buildings, testing and surveillance programs, and other coronavirus-related expenses.…

States mostly have managed to hold school funding steady during the pandemic, but it is not clear how long that can be sustained, said David Adkins, the executive director and chief executive of the Council of State Governments, which tracks state policy nationally. It will be especially hard if enrollment does not rebound.

"We'll have to see how many of those folks come back home after normalcy can be achieved," Mr. Adkins said. But if the pandemic accelerates an exodus of affluent families from the public school system, he said he feared that the loss of enrollment and political support could trigger a "death spiral," further weakening public schools at a time when poor and disadvantaged students are already lagging.

I can see more than a few libertarians rubbing their hands with glee at the sight of the phrases "public school system" and "death spiral" in such close proximity. Which in this case I prefer to wield as a club against the teachers unions: Did you really want to make some of your libertarian enemies happy? Because you totally did.

That does not mean I am happy, at all. To the contrary: I'm furious that public schools have used our money to fail poor kids. It should be a stain on the conscience of everyone who contributed to that terrible outcome.

And the late-breaking reopening noises from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and President-elect Joe Biden—sentiments that they kept unexpressed until after the electoral defeat of reopening enthusiast and union scapegoat Donald Trump—almost always come as a preamble to the real ask.

"We need a Marshall Plan for our schools," went the headline on a Washington Post op-ed co-bylined two weeks ago by the superintendents of the (closed) Los Angeles, (closed) Chicago, and (mostly closed) New York school districts. "And we need it now." And no, the $82 billion in the recently enacted COVID relief omnibus is not nearly enough.

Chances are, they'll get at least one more big bailout from a newly union-friendly White House. Unless the public gears up the same kind of backlash that de Blasio and New York teachers union officials faced from wrathful parents when they shuttered all public schools in mid-November based on an arbitrarily low community testing rate for the whole city. Do they really want us to reward their bad management? To increase funding while they voluntarily decrease service?

Public schools have, or should have, literally just one job: teaching students. We've known since at least early July, based on observation and data worldwide, that group settings of young kids are disproportionately safe (at least until/unless the newer strains behave differently). Yet in an overabundance of both caution and political muscle, unions and their allies have made America a global outlier in keeping schools shut, driving parents away from the systems, and some cities, in droves.

We have seen previously what happens to school systems and cities alike when swaths of parents flee. It ain't pretty. And in the ultimate of ironies, the same guilds that have such a concentrated amount of power are soon going to find themselves having to explain to the rank and file just why there aren't as many jobs anymore.

We gave them a great business model. And they treated us like captives.

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  1. And yet we are still paying the teachers and administrators

    1. We need to! Otherwise, uneducated rural idiots will vote against their economic interests and elect Republicans.

      1. Am I the only one who “hears” this Rabbi’s comments in the voice of that crustacean on Futurama cartoons?

        1. I picked up more of a Mel Brook’s character in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

          1. You schmucks are such schlemiels; he sounds like a rabbi, with one of those rabbi voices in which you can clearly discern a Slavic or Eastern European accent.

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            3. You mean Mel Brooks impression of a rabbi.

          2. I was thinking Igor from Young Frankenstein.

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        3. Zoidberg

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    2. Teachers are lazy, sitting on their ever-fattening behinds, banking retirement, screw the kids. Feminism took over K-12, kicking the men out for ez-money. Now? They aren’t participating in education, but they want the money. This is modern feminism. Enjoy! When the feminism comes in, the trouble comes out. Women are lazy. What did you expect?

    3. When my kids were in high school about eight years ago I was surprised how many “vice principals” the school had given the total students were less than where I went in the late 70’s early 80’s. And all were making 100K a year with zero costs for healthcare. I once counted 400 administrators in my district versus 400 teachers..I kid you not. And when my daughter came home one day and said she was doing “mountain biking’ in gym class (the school is in the burbs with NO mountain trails for hundreds of miles) I knew who was running the district. Break up centralized schools..send special needs kids to special needs facilities and reduce admin by 90%.

  2. Funny how Kodak is mentioned here. Kodak pretty much invented the digital camera only to have it’s senior executives say “we sell film, not pictures” and let the claims on the tech lapse.

    1. There is more to it than that. Kodak had not only mastered film, but the chemicals that process film. They didn’t have much competition.

      They did create digital cameras, but they didn’t have decades of experience in creating cameras like their competition did. Other camera makers made better cameras, so then the pointy haired bosses at Kodak said “Let’s concentrate on film. This digital photography thing is probably a fad.”

      1. The first low-priced, available to the common person, was the Kodak Brownie, as was the film it used.

        They excelled in the processing chemicals of both film AND paper.

        You need to find your screwdriver and tighten a few screws.

    2. Fujifilm ate Kodak’s lunch in that era and emerged as the industry leader. Agfa stayed in the game. Polaroid died.

  3. For the sake of freedom, public “education” needs to go the way of the dinosaur.

    1. Also for the sake of … education.

    2. It’s not like we can just print money….OH WAIT

    3. Obviously what you get by sticking strictly to the (pre-)existing company program like any other leader should.

      Is this why we have two political parties instead of only one, like known communist states?

      1. Maybe the dems will win both Georgia Senate seats, and we can have one party rule, too.

        1. for that scenario see Californiastan

    4. home school/ neighborhood schools where the older kids teach the younger, freeing the teacher to teach the advanced courses.

      16 year old Tom and Susan tech 6 year old Sally and Bobby to read and write.
      8 years later, Sally and Bobby are teaching Tom and Susans are teaching children to read and write.

      THAT builds the INTERGENERATIONAL COHESION that separating the children into ‘grades’ destroyed.

      Bullies are never allowed to develop, and all students are willing to help any other child to learn.
      THAT carries throughout their lives.

  4. People will demand the return of free daycare public schools.

    1. And SleepyJoe will provide.

      1. And his wife – “Dr.” Jill, will give him expert advice on how to improve public education.

        1. Re-name it “pubic education”.

    2. “ Unless the public gears up the same kind of backlash that de Blasio and New York teachers union officials faced from wrathful parents when they shuttered all public schools in mid-November”

      Those “wrathful parents” and, most posters here on Reason, were demanding government schools to reopen.

      What could have been a win for both Libertarians and Conservatives was squandered.

  5. One of the beauties of living in a red state and a rural area is our schools have been opened since August and our teachers actually live in our community and their kids go to our schools, ergo they have an incentive to make the school the best it can be.

    1. Also, the majority of teachers are right leaning and so is the school board.

    2. My kids’ private school started as normal, and only shut down just before Thanksgiving because of Governor Useless’s EO closing all schools statewide.

      We had 0 (ZERO) cases of community spread. Indeed, in 3 months only 4 people at school tested positive. 3 staff and 1 student. None caught or passed it at school, but it was still deemed “too dangerous” for the school to be open.

      We return January, so long as Dickless in Chief doesn’t renew his order.

      If it’s like other orders, it’ll be renewed, but I’m not sure with this one. He absolutely angered a lot of people, including many who helped put him in office. He was told by SCOTUS that they wouldn’t rule on it now because the order was about to expire, but that if he renewed it they would take it up, and, “watch your step.” But that challenge was only on behalf of religious schools, so it wouldn’t affect us anyways.

    3. I have the same experience. I teach at my kids’ high school, and I want the education to be as good as it possibly can be. Many of my coworkers are in the same boat, and I can only think of a handful of teachers at the school who I would consider to be lazy or unintelligent. Our school still has some silly rules and some time wasted on things students probably don’t need, but for a public school, it is excellent.

      1. Union lover

    4. and as the song says ” the center is on the right and william jennings bryan preaches every night”. it’s a good thing!

  6. As a result, public education—and cities—may never look the same.

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve ready today.

    1. Such as when you can’t tell the hall monitor from the teacher …

      1. you mean like in Animal Farm with the pigs and the farmers?

        1. some pigs are more equal than other pigs. see Californiastan!

    2. Indeed. This article is wishful thinking. It’ll be MORE of the same.

  7. Yet we are still told teachers are showing bravery through this pandemic (by getting paid to stay home and giving bullshit assignments on line).

  8. I have an acquaintance who is all for schools shutting down AND that teachers are not paid enough.

    Didn’t like when I asked her why non-essential employees warrant raises.

    1. Teacher pay is a different issue from the opening of schools. Teachers ARE underpaid especially when you consider they are often providing supplies to needy students and engaging in unpaid tutoring. Teachers in some parts of the country are starting with wages at or barely above the poverty line. Yes, school budgets are often bloated but it’s not because they overpaying teachers.

      1. My wife is a public school teacher (in a relatively poor, rural area of the country). Most of what you’re saying is complete bullshit, especially the part about poverty line wages.

        Some teachers are underpaid; some teachers are overpaid. Overall, it’s a pretty damn good gig in terms of compensation.

        1. For further analysis:


          Federal 2020 poverty line in the lower 48 for a single-person household = $12,760.

          1. Bell curve of U.S. teacher salaries:


            90% of teachers earn a salary >$44,460.

            1. To give you a fair shake, here’s a 2019 article from the NEA (totally unbiased, ha):


              It says, “Nearly 300 districts pay first-year teachers less than $30,000 a year.” Though, it doesn’t say where those districts are and how much less than 30k.

              Regardless, I’m not sure it’s even remotely fair to call 30k/yr “poverty level wages”.

              1. It also doesn’t say how many first year teachers there are in any given year or why they would deserve more than $30K.

                1. Because solidarity, comrade.

        2. I agree, though I would never admit it in person lest I be shunned. I’m a teacher and I get paid plenty. I work more hours than I am supposed to, but that’s because I teach challenging classes, like AP chemistry and I’m an overachiever and try to make the classes awesome.

          For a second or third year teacher it would be quite easy to work 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, with about 14 weeks vacation each year, usually making over 40k a year for a newish teacher, and over 65k for teachers with more experience. This doesn’t include the extra pay we get for coaching and clubs and whatnot.

        3. how many socalled teachers in Californiastan are are sitting in a room with no students and still getting their $100,000 salary b/c it’s too hard to fire them

      2. Teachers are paid quite well for working 9 months a year.

        1. 180 days. Get it right.

          1. True. It is less than 6 actual months.

      3. NO. Teachers are NOT underpaid. If they were, there would be fewer teachers, more demand, and increased pay to lure more teachers.

        Get yer brain in gear, dipshit. Teachers and everybody else and everything else are worth exactly what it takes to get market equilibrium. If anything, teachers unions have corrupted the price signals so badly that teachers are OVER paid.

        1. okay now Á àß äẞç ãþÇđ âÞ¢Đæ ǎB€Ðëf ảhf…you are trying to insert economics and basic supply and demand into the emotional feels here…stop it

        2. Wow, that would be a revolutionary idea … not enough pay and people can’t work at all!

      4. Uhm, no. Not by any objective measure. And certainly not when compared to jobs with equivalent occupational requirements, etc.

      5. 40-50 years ago years ago, teaching was pretty cheap. Government school teachers made more than private school teachers, but still not a lot, the difference supposedly being job security and a solid structure of raises with experience. Well, they kept their security while raising their salaries a lot in the intervening years. Same for most of the civil service.

        1. same for ALL the civil service. there I fixed for ya roberta.

  9. “Teachers unions, and the (largely Democratic) politicians they back”

    Did the teacher’s unions, in any of the major metropolitan areas, or nationally, back some Republican or Libertarian candidates that I’m not aware of? Or, is it only ‘largely Democratic’ because they also backed a couple of full-on socialists / communists / green party / etc?

    1. ^This

  10. Fuck the teacher’s union in the ass.

    1. With a telephone pole, sideways.

      1. Can you imagine how they’d shoot off like an arrow once that amount of tension was released? I mean, tush stretched like 30′ wide and then suddenly…boing! Where should we aim?

        1. The sun?

  11. To the contrary: I’m furious that public schools have used our money to fail poor kids.

    that was already happening.

    The death spiral of public schools is indeed a good thing.

    1. I’d welcome a death spiral, but Biden and his crew will bail these assholes out. They’ve been failing poor kids for decades; COVID has just made that impossible to ignore.

  12. My taxes and assessments are frozen. So no longer care.

  13. We’ve known since April schools were safe with studies from Europe. And it’s been a steady stream of studies confirming this ever since.

    ‘Follow the science’ my ass.

    It’s a disgrace.

    And ANY person – private or public – who cheered this irrational stupidity on is not only intellectually broken but spiritually as well.

    Canada has done marginally ‘better’. Yeh schools were open but then they moved to hybrid days once the ‘OMFG DARK WINTER’ irrational hysteria set in. And kids can’t play sports and are in masks.

    Not much of an experience and it’s sending terrible messages. I’ve made sure to let the principal at my daughter’s private school know what I think of all this unnecessary theatre and nonsense.

    I’m thoroughly disgusted with all people in power.

    We ended up assaulting the kids.

    We’re barely better

    1. btu rufus, we’re gonna build back better. joe said so and kamala cackled in agreement. the fact that the virtue signallers are complicit in this is PURE PROOF that americans are Focking STUPID

      1. Any person who says ‘build back better’ is BARZINI.

    2. My kids’ private school didn’t do the hybrid thing. At least not the regular switching around. They took a sane approach: everyone has a choice. They can go in person, or go by video. You could switch at will, as often as you’d like. We actually used virtual strategically because of the second part.

      While they are open, they too have succumbed to the safety theater demanded by politics and not science. Masks at ALL times, even when outdoors. Plexiglass separating everything. One way halls that demand going up 2 floors just to get 1 floor up. No touching. Constant “Please remember to properly socially distance” messages on the intercom.

      It’s like a lab out of Brave New World. It’s abusive, yet still better than virtual learning. And they do virtual as well as can be done. They’re getting full class coverage. They’re connected via audio so they can ask questions openly in class, while watching class at home. It’s not terrible. It’s as good a virtual program as you’ll find. But virtual sucks by nature. The entire point of classroom learning is personal interaction between individual students, their teachers, and their peers. That’s where most of the learning happens, and it can’t happen in the same way virtually, no matter how good.

      We pulled one kid out to virtual learning for 2 weeks precisely because the masks, plexiglass, et al was becoming toxic for my kid. And we made sure to let them know that it’s because of the protocols at school, and not because of a fear of getting infected.

    3. It’s obviously they’re doing this because they can. Kids don’t want to be in school most of the time anyway. Teachers are just trying to milk no-show jobs as long as they can. They’re confident they can never be supplanted, never be shunned.

  14. The public school system will break down and be replaced by their betters. The disaffected union clingers will finally pay the bill. Being as hateful as possible also always helps my point. Thank you for wasting time on reading this.

    1. Never let hate go to waste.

  15. Sounds like wishful thinking to me.

  16. “The remote learning that tens of millions of kids are suffering through nationally is broadly understood to be a disaster.”

    I don’t know what planet you’re living on but it has been an unbridled success in my area.

  17. This article is racist, misogynist, and whatever else the Chicago Teachers Union says it is.

    1. From the Department of Redundancy Department in person schooling is both sexist and misogynist.

  18. One of the central paradoxes of monopolies is that they rarely last in the long run. Eastman Kodak had 96 percent of the American photographic film market in the 1920s, was on the Dow Jones Industrial Average index for 75 years, but by 2012 had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Microsoft had 94 percent of the web browser market share in 2002; now it’s below 5 percent.

    No, the central paradox of monopolies is that the vast majority of claimed monopolies aren’t monopolies at all. Anything less than 100% market share is not a monopoly.

    True monopolies rarely happen without government involvement in their creation.

    1. “No, the central paradox of monopolies is that the vast majority of claimed monopolies aren’t monopolies at all. Anything less than 100% market share is not a monopoly.”
      What happened to Bell telephones’ simple bill and cheap service that worked? the gubbment intervened b/c they were to big. During the great depression ma bell laid off NO ONE.

  19. On a related note my children told me a tale yesterday about their public high school I was not aware of. The conversation started out on how the bathrooms smell way better now because of all the vaping and no smoking. That led to what they thought I already knew, the new gender neutral bathroom is just for couples to meet up and bone. They do it all day every day and because no teacher or administrator wants to muddle into those waters I guess it’s just a free for all. They said some people meet on Tinder in school and then pick a time and a stall. Go public schools!

    1. I don’t know what kind of wimps your kid is associated with, but in my day if you were in a bathroom for more than a piss or shit, you got your ass beaten.

      Teach your kid to express a little violence in the new arrangement. No one should be hooking up in a toilet.

  20. “Death Spiral”
    Now do New York City housing authority (oops, bailed out by the flyover deplorable feds)
    Now do NYC subway and public transportation in Democrat controlled cities
    Now do the bullet train in California
    Now do public pensions in Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, with additional Democrat controlled cities

    Death Spiral bullshit, dam U.S. responsible savers and conservatives have too much money anyway.

    1. Yeah, there should be a reckoning for all of this, but as long as there are taxpayers to rob, not so much. The Democrats are the party of the ruling class and parasites.

  21. LET’S HOPE SO! self important ‘tard teachers need to be sent home on disability and replaced

  22. Well Biden’s pick for education secretary is a Squad approved Democratic Socialist. I’ll all be okay comrades…for the children!

    1. Biden is a spectacular moron. How could can it be for the system to go from one extreme like De Vos to whatever commie the DNC puts in there? There’s no middle ground. How can it sustain itself?

      1. Well De Vos was probably the best SOE since the pointless department was created. But the libertarians at Reason crave normal parameters so I’m sure Biden’s nominees will be better.

        1. To be fair, I’ve never read anything but positive reviews of De Vos and her policies from Reason.

          Though they certainly have TDS, they’re much more fair to select departments of Trump’s administration. De Vos has been good by virtually every libertarian measure, and I’d say the Reason record would likely reflect that.

    2. Perhaps because he chose Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Education…er, whazzat?

      1. once more I say “see Californiastan” on the commie Becerra.

  23. Good. The kids were getting a terrible education.

  24. The day of reckoning won’t happen until the dollar is replaced by another country’s or countries monetary currency as the currency of choice for international market transactions. Then, the trillions of US dollars floating around the world will come home to roost and hyperinflation in the US happens. We become a debtor nation to Greece.

  25. How come the taxpayers didn’t receive refunds for all those services and products not delivered?

    1. Because the teachers are so Essential™️ that we simply couldn’t put them in the way of any risk whatsoever, and we still need to keep paying them in full so they don’t have to feel any pain from their own choices whatsoever.

      All the money they’re saving from not operating needn’t be discussed. The teachers are so important they deserve a slush fund.

  26. A couple of benefits:
    With kids opting out we may finally be able to see our test scores improve versus other countries.

    The fewer kids in public schools the fewer indoctrination opportunities for the educational establishment to promote socialism/communism. Maybe the next generation of kids will actually be able to think critically. Nah!

  27. My wife and I are special education teachers. We both hold post graduate degrees and had to pass four NTE exams each. Stop whining you jealous Starbucks fool’s and get a teaching degree and you too can make amazing money and amazing benefits with an amazing pension. We both are retiring at the end of the school year on full pensions. Let your jealous tears begin now. Ha! Ha!

    1. Why would you go back in the classroom now when your fabulous pen$ion is right around the corner? More laughter than tears hearing that one!


      1. I’ll be back in my classroom until the end of June 2021 as per my contract.

    2. Too bad you didn’t get degrees in a difficult field, and then brag about that.

  28. Let me guess. There will be a call for teachers to get “the vaccine” so they can return to the classrooms, but the more radicalized teachers’ unions will refuse to require it because it “ain’t safe.”

    (“just keep on paying us. for the children.”)

    1. Wrong you fool. I am a union teacher. No one I know in the profession is planning not to take the vaccine.

      1. Okay, so my guess was wrong. Some areas are back in class, other areas ain’t going back until it’s “safe.” Look it up.

      2. And you teach “what”? Physics, Chemistry, Math? Or “elementary ed”? I can’t count how many times I had to deal with my kids “elementary teachers” who honestly were not that smart, told me they were not “good at math” or knew much of anything except some left wing ranting of left brain/right brain or some such…

    2. Nah, they’re going to refuse to teach until all the kids are vaccinated too, and use that to push for virtual learning into the 2021-2022 school year.

      1. Wrong. We are planning to be back at work two weeks after the second shot.

        1. Safest job in this pandemic is teaching and you want government to waste money vaccinating you?

  29. Of course the difference between the monopolies listed above and the teachers unions is they couldn’t use the violence of the state to force their customers to pay for their services whether they used them or not.

  30. This summer, our school board proposed contracting with LabCorp to do rapid on-campus covid testing in order to support contact tracing and improve safety for a proposed hybrid elementary school schedule.
    The teachers refused to participate in testing. Which leads me to believe that they’re not interested in safety; they’re interested in power and control.

    1. And, BTW, my kids are learning more since I pulled them from public school. I can teach them more *while working full time from home* than their public school teachers did with a full day of school. That is a travesty and our public school system should feel deep shame.

      1. “That is a travesty and our public school system should feel deep shame”

        Doesn’t sound like a travesty at all. Sounds like an opportunity and your children are reaping the benefits.

        1. I mean, yes, it has been a great opportunity for them.
          The travesty is that two parents with fulltime jobs *not in education* can cobble together a better education for their kids than an entire system whose sole job is educating kids.

          1. Imagine being educated outside the confines of public schools and their “no child left behind.” Every family would have an Elon musk. The country would be fixed in a single generation.

          2. yeah it’s getting hard to tell the difference in the student parking with its’ $75000 pickups and the teachers parking and its’ $70000 BMWs

  31. The author makes a good point about monopolies, but this is a government enforced monopoly so not the same. Pubic schools will go on bigger and badder than ever. But the point about private monopolies demonstrates all the useless angst over FB and Instacrap and so forth. They won’t last. And modifying 230 just because you don’t like what you believe they’re doing at this point in time is a HUUUUUUGE mistake. McConnel can take that $2,000 and elimination of 230 and shove it all right up his arse.

  32. Stage name Lili Reinhart knows beautiful young American actress Lili Pauline Reinhart. Born with beauty and talent, she has shocked the entire world together with her performance and appearance. instead of acting, she is additionally an author. She is understood for her teen drama series Riverdale by The CW as Betty Cooper, Annabelle, in comedy crime drama Hustlers. She even made her debut in movies consisting of Lilith, The Kings of Summer, the great Neighbor, and lots of others.


  33. “…the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka “The Nation’s Report Card…” indicated that “…only 37 percent of 12th graders tested proficient or better in reading…”

    “Among Black students, only 17 percent tested proficient in reading…”

    . “Nationally, our high school graduation rate is over 80 percent. That means high school diplomas, which attest that these students can read and compute at a 12th-grade level, are conferred when 63 percent are not proficient in reading …” – Walter Williams

    Despite the pathetic failure of our unionized public schools, sanctimonious teachers “will still be in it for themselves while masquerading as saints who only care about “the children.”

    “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.” 1983 Nation at Risk

    1. ‘Essential.’

  34. As stated, monopolies like the photo and music industries (video rentals with their exorbitant late fees also come to mind) become outmoded as improved technologies and/or more affordable options become available. Teachers unions have had the public by the proverbial balls for decades. I think their death spiral began when they opted to elevate political correctness and social justice issues above basic reading, writing, and math skills, creating a generation of “woke” students who are functionally uneducated. When my daughter was in school I would not have considered anything other than public education. If I had a school age kid now I would consider any option EXCEPT public education.

    1. Whole language and fuzzy math…good examples of what you are talking about. To be honest “schoods of education” have done a huge disservice to actual education. Most teachers in K-6 are baby sitters anyway…we all know that.

  35. The unions just strengthened the argument in favor of vouchers and school choice.

  36. For kids from european/asian families for the most part will catch up pretty quick…for black kids the results of our “teachers” punting on their jobs is questionable given the cultural issues to begin with. The higher performers in urban schools should be fine as they are achieving already in a piss poor situation but the majority are probably no worse off given the situation in these districts to begin with…..most urban districts are run and have been for the enrichment of the administators and teachers for years..never addressing the real problems which are very uncomfortable for liberals in general. All that said..it is time to question the post WWII centralized school district model. Personally I think its time to decentralized public schools. No district should be more than 1,000 kids. Special needs need to be channeled to special needs options and taken out of “mainstreaming”. I would also revamp the entire Middle School and High School typical tracks. More computer science, more applied math (you can get rid of geometry and even some of trig). For science, one year of introduction to all four sciences and then allow the kids to focus with engineering classes. To be honest a full year of biology is a total waste of time as is “earth science.” Only offer full year physics and chemistry.
    Lastly I would accept that different cultures will perform differntly and we should not believe in equal results…there are job options for all kids..you just have to accept your lot in life sometimes. If you look at the jobs taken by many low skilled immigrants these are ones that many kids can take up and in many ways that is their capability. Not every kid is going to be an engineer.

    1. Thank you captain obvious.

  37. Public sector unions – all of them, not just teachers – should be against the law. The people negotiating the contracts are political hacks and bureaucrats who have no skin in the game. They enjoy the dual role of handing out goodies to and pandering for votes from the same group of people and the waste that inevitably results is paid for by the tax payers who have no say during the negotiations. The teachers’ unions have only one purpose – more pay and more jobs for their members. Educating children is their slogan, not their mission statement. The unions contracts need to be cancelled. Inept pro-union administrators and bureaucrats fired, and parents given a say in how schools are run. We spend more money for the least results of any country in the world.

  38. The schools/unions will survive because ultimately they are child care and parents simply want them out of their hair so they can go about making a living. The media statisticians will point how much schooling has improved since 2020.

  39. Their business success relied on forcing customers to buy things they didn’t want.

    People are forever getting the Kodak story wrong. In its heyday, Kodak was primarily a chemical/film/paper business. Those cameras they sold were low-end models that they mostly didn’t manufacture themselves. With digital, it became clear that the film, paper, and chemicals were on their way out and Kodak absolutely did see this very early and did make a concerted, decades-long effort to become a digital sensor/camera company. They sold some of the earliest digital SLRs that were highly regarded at the time, but they had to use Nikon 35mm bodies and lenses because Kodak had no system of its own. But the camera-centric companies (Canon, Nikon, etc) were much better positioned for the digital era than film-centric companies, and Kodak didn’t make it. Not because their management was stupid or short-sighted, but because it was a bridge too far for Kodak to become a camera-centric company and beat the other well established players in the market.

    And the coda is that for several few years now, the old-line camera-centric companies have been suffering from competition from smartphone companies, and it’s not because Nikon and Canon couldn’t see what was coming, but because there was no reason to think they could become successful smartphone companies any more than Kodak was ultimately able to become a successful camera company.

  40. I wish stupid citizens would go the way of newsprint.

  41. Yes, we pay for government run schools whether or not we have children in those schools or not. And yes, the majority of students in public schools could not not pass the promotion achievement tests from the 1940’s to advance one grade. We home schooled from 1977 through 1992. The government prosecuted us every year or so until 1986 saying we were not doing a good job even though our children were scoring in the 99th percentile on the state required achievement tests. At that time, my wife, a paralegal, sued the the persecuting school system for undue harassment and denial of our civil rights. The results of that suit were that the school system had to pay every home school family their share of what the school system got for every student in their schools, in arrears and up to to the present, for every home schooled child that passed the annual state administered achievement test. The judge dismissed the school systems actions against home schooling in our government school system with prejudice. That ended it! What was in the local news was that public school students were falling behind home school students by two grade levels and that decline was predicted to continue. The public school superintendent was fired and all of the members of the school board resigned shortly there after.

  42. They killed it, yeah. But this service https://homework-writer.com is totally alive and feeling good!

  43. Meanwhile:
    Teachers union leader battles to keep schools closed… while on vacation in the Caribbean

  44. We’re in a hybrid homeschool-charter now, out of necessity. This is turn key, it could be a franchise. One “teacher” (nurse with computer management would be ideal) could watch over 20+ kids working their assignments online. All ancillary services, counseling, teaching, is contracted to be conferenced in to a private room. (They are more specified/professional than the jack-of-all-trades admin in the brick-and-mortal schools.) So Mom/Dad could go to work and monitor assignment progress online. With this model, the kids can follow parents to paradise, however that is defined. Just like with our work, I don’t know where we end up, but it won’t be all the way back ‘there’.

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