I believe you meant "commendations" regarding your sister-in-law. There are many good teachers out there--but the problem is that there are many bad teachers out there, and the union protects them so they can't be fired. This is a disservice to both the students of said teachers and to the teachers themselves. They are unfit for teaching and need to find a job better suited to their talents. I can tell you went to public school yourself, with possibly a few inept teachers. Unions are really good for nothing except supporting bad teachers, democrats, and encouraging mediocrity.