Brian Blanche: Let’s kill the unions and bring business principles into education |

Brian Blanche: Let’s kill the unions and bring business principles into education

My wife and I rode the lift the other day with a retired Wisconsin teacher who, after a short and pleasant conversation, was quick to let us know she wished she were back in Wisconsin so she could participate in the demise of the governor. When I told her I would probably be in disagreement with her over of the issues in Wisconsin, she became kind of nasty and certainly not willing to hold a friendly debate. She thinks those from the business world have nothing to contribute to education (except dollars, of course); she doesn’t believe in merit pay; nor does she want to compete with other teachers. Her mind is made up, and in her opinion those outside of her cocoon have no right to an opinion of their own.

If she is typical of the educational elite, and I think she is, then an overhaul is in order. Unions do need to go. There will never be enough money to appease educators, but as we’ve witnessed, diminished results seem to have a direct correlation with increased financial input. I wouldn’t have a problem with spending more money on education if indeed it was spent wisely. I don’t believe smaller classrooms have helped. I do think the lack of discipline has contributed to decline – discipline administered, or not, by both parents and educators. I believe education needs administrators who come from strong business and leadership backgrounds, administrators trained to take a results-oriented business approach, one using a combination of carrots and sticks – and of course, open-minded teachers.

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