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I have not yet worked as a teacher, and I've never been a member of a union, so it's likely that my POV is . . . idealistic. But it's like the gov't, isn't it? The gov't, in theory, is US, all of us, collectively. So, if you don't like what the gov't is doing, you have to get involved to change it. Aren't unions the same thing? If you're a member and you don't like what they're doing, campaign for them to do something else?

Yeah, ok, maybe one person doing that is a drop in the bucket, but the point it to collect more drops, no? Convert people to your POV?

I don't like some of the things teachers unions do, but at the moment, I'm not in a position to change it. Maybe I will be some day.

On another note, DrBooa on another board linked to this series of graphics, where there is some interesting data on Texas and US education:

I'm still mulling over what page 8 means (weak unions vs strong unions and student outcome). But I think Puddin' should look at page 19 (charter school performance).

I'm not done going through it yet, but it has some interesting points.

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