In the midst of the school choice debate, the free-market folks point out problems in the public school system.
It is almost reflex for public school teachers to take the criticism personally.
Public school teachers, we are not criticizing you or any particular person in the public school system. We are criticizing the economic structure of a monopolistic system.
Most employees in the public school are trying hard to do a good job in spite of the monopolistic system.
I don’t know of all the difficulties that public school teachers deal with, but I know a few.
- You are not rewarded financially for doing a good job.
- You have to teach things that you don’t believe are true.
- You have pointless paperwork that eats up your time.
- You have out-of-control and scary students that you can’t discipline. They cause chaos in your classroom. You have no discipline support from their parents or the school administration.
- The teacher down the hall that doesn’t know how to teach and isn’t interested in learning, gets paid the same salary that you do.
Both you and your students are victims of a monopolistic system. It a system where excellence cannot be rewarded and incompetence cannot be discouraged. That is a system destined for mediocracy.
The only people that anger school-choicers are those that defend the system when they know better. These people (most union leaders) are desperately holding on to their political and financial power and don’t care about how it affects the students or teachers.
I know it is difficult to “come out of the closet”, because you fear retaliation from administration above you. Just remember that that fear is another symptom of how you are being oppressed by the monopolistic system.
Most Democratic legislators feel the same way. If they speak out about how market competition can improve a monopolistic system, the unions will retaliate by voting them out of office. They are oppressed by the system also.
Retired teachers, help us speak up for the teachers still suffering in the system. Please join the school choice movement so that the union leaders cannot say it is about public schools vs. private schools. It’s about a monopolistic system with no freedom vs. a free-market system where choices abound.
Bob in Texas