by Molly A. Hunter, Director of Education Justice, Education Law Center
What kind of society turns against its own school teachers? They
are not the bankers or hedge funders. They did not cause the economy
These caring and dedicated professionals earn modest salaries and
benefits, and most work hard. Let's remember, they are tasked with the
crucial responsibility of shaping the nation's next generation of
citizens and workers and parents. They "touch the future."
Suddenly, the richest men in the world, such as the Koch brothers,
tell us that breaking teachers unions is urgent! The best way to help
students is to fire teachers! Never mind that struggling schools
already have high teacher turnover, or that poverty is at the root of
many students' struggles.
Why? Denigrating and demoralizing our teachers seems a weird priority.
So, why? Jon Stewart humorously exposed some of the hypocrisy,
in a video. Diane Ravitch calls it a "moment of national
And, Paul Krugman warns that it's a power grab that could end
"government of the people, by the people." He
new report looking at education systems around the world found
that, to improve its schools, the U.S. should raise the status of the
teaching profession, not lower it.