Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The pernicious power of teacher's unions

These dastardly spawns of Satan, research has found, decrease student performance terribly... in the non-unionized schools of "Right to Work" states. To summarize the research studies on the performance of children in unionized vs. non-unionized schools:

  1. higher math and verbal standardized test scores in unionized schools,
  2. bulk of the evidence points toward higher graduation rates from unionized schools,
  3. solid track record of supporting policies that boost achievement for most students based on empirical measurements
Since obviously teacher's unions can't be responsible for these facts about unionized schools, it's clear that the real impact of teachers unions must be in depressing the performance of students in the non-unionized schools of "Right to Work" states where teachers' unions in the traditional sense of the word are illegal. Yes, that's right -- teacher unions not only aren't content with ruining the educational system in unionized states, they ruin the educational system in non-unionized states even more!

Wow. I didn't know teacher's unions were so dadburned powerful. Why, next thing you know, we'll find out that they're responsible for global warming, genital herpes, and the former Presidency of George W. Bush too!

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin


  1. Yes, teachers unions are bad for students. They actually teach children to THINK....oh, wait, that's the last thing the Rethuglicans want the kids to be able to do.

  2. Teacher's unions don't teach children to think, Grandpa. But they prevent teachers from being fired if they do teach children how to think... unlike the Oklahoma teacher fired for exactly that crime. Note that teacher unions are pretty much illegal (as unions, vs. as collectives for purchasing liability insurance) in Oklahoma... and it shows in their abysmal educational results.

    - Badtux the Former Teacher Penguin

  3. lol thanks Badtux :)


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