Experts Answer: Why Blame the Teachers?

What’s motivating the wide-ranging criticism of teachers and their unions? Is it simply a spin game to get public support for deep budget cuts? Is it a long overdue effort to give local schools more control over budgets and staffing? Will generalized vitriol toward all teachers discourage many from joining (or staying in) the teaching ranks? Did No Child Left Behind plant the seeds for the current teacher vilification? Are politicians simply pushing the buck for Wall Street’s failures onto a group with less leverage in Washington? Is the furor over unions a red herring distracting from the real issues in education?

In last week’s most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief article (NYT), education experts, including ASCD authors Diane Ravitch and Rick Hess, file their take on the current firestorm over teachers and unions.

Who gets it right?