NEA, AFT, Common Core, and VAM

I have been wondering about “the unions”– the two major national teachers unions– the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) and where they stand on common core.

Unions and Core, friend or foe?

This blog attempts to answer that riddle.

Comments from teachers in response are greatly welcome and appreciated!

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I have been wondering about “the unions”– the two major national teachers unions– the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA). I have been told that “the unions” are the major forces on the side of classroom teachers in this fight against the corporate takeover of American public education.

I want that to be true– but I cannot ignore what I am seeing.

I have been told not to question the unions– that my doing so could hinder their effectiveness in fighting “against reform.” I have been encouraged to “play nice.”

However, it seems that the line between national union and corporate reform has become a multi-million-dollar blur. Blurred lines between union and privatizer I find particularly disturbing.

I have been told that critically and publicly questioning the unions and union leadership  (dare I say, holding them accountable) is akin to crippling the unions in the fight…

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