Monday, July 6, 2009

'Interchangeable widgets'

Mike Antonucci reports that in his address to the National Education Association Representative Assembly last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reminded his unionized listeners that teacher unions were set up on an industrial model that treated teachers as "interchangeable widgets." Ouch.

But of course he's right. As I wrote a couple of years ago, teacher unions need to tell us whether their members are "professionals" or "interchangeable automatons."

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