I recently discussed why teachers unions are important agents of social justice on “Education On Tap,” a Teach For America (TFA) podcast created by Aaron French. I really enjoyed the conversation – French goes above and beyond his promise to make the show “a little bit of fun” – and appreciated TFA’s continued (though still very young) efforts to deconstruct myths about organized labor and education reform ideas.
You can listen to the podcast here. A couple additional details on two of the topics we discussed:
1) How we refer to education stakeholders: We often use the phrase “reformer” to describe people on one “side” of the education debate. As Nick Kilstein explains, we typically think “reformers” do the following:
1. Support market forces including choice and competition as a mechanism to improve all schools. This is usually done through vouchers and charter schools.
2. Support business practices…
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