Fighting to Defeat the Education ‘Blob’


John Stossel writes that "while most every other service in life has gotten better, faster and cheaper, one of the most important things we buy — education — has remained completely stagnant, unchanged since we started measuring it in 1970."

Stossel goes on to convincingly state the case, including offering that unions are a big part of the problem. Judge for yourself with these comments:

When the Washington Post asked George Parker, when he headed the Washington, DC teachers union, why he fought a voucher program that let some kids escape failing government schools, he said, "As kids continue leaving the system, we will lose teachers. Our very survival depends on having kids in DC schools so we’ll have teachers to represent."

Albert Shanker, the teachers’ union president who, years ago, first turned teachers unions into a national political force, was even more honest. Shanker callously said, "When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children."

I told you Stossel did a good job. 

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