I couldn't end this week's blogging without a tip of the hat to the nation's worst piece of fish wrap, the NY Post, for discovering a new "freedom"--the freedom for teachers not to have a union.
I don't know how this one could ever have been left out of the Bill of Rights. Post writer Marcus Winters from the right-wing Manhattan Institute, thinks it goes right up there with the freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Yes, it's the freedom for employers to bust unions so that can be free from workers' collective-bargaining rights--especially from the rights of teachers to belong to a union.
One of the most important freedoms charter schools enjoy in New York and other states is that their teachers need not be unionized. That's why this week's news that teachers in two of the city's most successful charter schools - KIPP AMP in Brooklyn and KIPP Infinity in Harlem - have agreed to be represented by the United Federation of Teachers is so distressing.I guess those KIPP teachers didn't appreciate being free to work 16-hour days with no added compensation. Or the freedom they had to be fired from their jobs without any due process. And they obviously didn't value their freedom to push low-scoring students out of KIPP in order to artificially boost test score averages.
It all reminds me of the sign that hung over the nazi concentration camp at Dachau which read: "Arbeit Macht Frei" -- work makes freedom.