Join me today as I discuss the basics of the formation of the public teacher’s unions and start the evaluation of weather they have been a net gain or loss for the public education system and your children.
Below you will find the full show notes and reference list for Episode 3 of The State of Education Podcast, presented by One-Room Education.
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What was your knowledge of how the public teacher’s unions were founded in the U.S.? Did ever really think about it before this episode?
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Welcome back to The State of Education podcast, presented by One-Room Education. Join me today as I discuss the creation and growth of the public teachers union and how they evolved into the hyper-politicized behemoths we know today.
In today’s discussion, we’ll be covering topics including:
- Why the public teacher’s unions were originally created.
- Who created the unions.
- Similarities the public teacher’s unions have with other private-sector unions.
- Why this really does affect every aspect of education from pre-k through doctoral candidacy.
In this, the first of a 2 part series, I give you the background of the formation of the public teacher’s unions and how they were founded with good intentions. I present the similarities and differences between public and private sector unions and why it matters to everyone who holds an interest in the United States education system; which is literally every citizen and resident of the US.
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