Have you ever read about the history of teachers’ unions? Way, way back in the late 1800s, conditions for teachers were grim. Resources were scant, and classrooms were nothing like what we have today. Political patronage was common practice, and women were not respected. Advocacy for better conditions for students and teachers alike was important and necessary.
Somewhere along the way, though, when labor laws and worker protections began to fall in place, teachers’ unions took a new course. It steered away from being child-centered and curriculum centered. It became very political, as it is today. Have you ever noticed how different the message of today’s union is compared to yesterday’s?