Behind The Scenes, Teachers Unions Attempt To Make Online Crisis Schooling Worse. In a crisis, flexibility is king, especially for those in the classroom. But union bureaucracy makes it impossible to innovate. By Charissa Daman and Cheri Gensel
Excerpt: As public school teachers with a combined 33 years of experience, we know we’re supposed to be “union strong” and never air unions’ dirty laundry. But the coronavirus crisis has pitted unions against teachers, students, and administrators who just want to teach and learn. Our fellow teachers have gone above and beyond to ensure students don’t slip through the cracks during quarantine. We’ve seen teachers furiously posting to message boards and offering one-on-one assistance to students via videoconferencing. From unions, however, we’ve seen just two things: pointless obstruction of basic student-teacher interaction and furious pro-union PR campaigns to avoid getting blamed for it.