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Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

Context Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 7:07 AM
Good points all. But your analysis presupposes a student entering school ready, willing, and able to learn. So long as teen aged girls are having babies, so long as uneducated and unmotivated mothers are not providing their offspring with basic learning in the home (colors, shapes, alphabet, numbers) then the schooling issue is moot.
It says something about today’s public education reality that the two sides in the teachers’ union dispute in Chicago are the union and the mayor.

Allegedly the point of schools is to educate children. But which side in this dispute has sole interest in children and their parents?

The answer, of course, is neither side.

Unions are about the economic interests of the teachers. The mayor is about his budget and the economic interests of the city.

No one solely represents the interests of the kids.

It’s not to say that...