Teacher’s Unions…Good or Bad for Your Children? Part 1

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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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Question of the Week:

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?

If you have any questions or comments about this episode or any of the information presented, please make sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Ep. 3 Teacher’s unions…good or bad for your children?: Part 1
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Show Notes

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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  • Aftunion. American Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, https://www.aft.org/.

  • Boyd, Ashley S., and Janine J. Darragh. “Teaching for Social Justice: Using All American Boys to Confront Racism and Police Brutality.” American Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, 9 Mar. 2021, https://www.aft.org/ae/spring2021/boyd_darragh.

  • O’keefe, James, director. CA High School Teacher Admits Communist Indoctrination of Students: ‘Turn Them into Revolutionaries.’ YouTube, Project Veritas, 31 Aug. 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83b_u5V51U8. Accessed Feb. 2022.

  • Pok, Brian. “The Origin of Unions and Their Application to Teachers.” Education Studies, Yale Education Studies Students Research on Equity, Policy, School Choice & Desegregation, 29 Apr. 2017, http://debsedstudies.org/the-origin-of-unions/.

  • Roache, Joel Edmund, and Ramon (Rom) Lewis. “Teachers’ Views on the Impact of Classroom Management on Student Responsibility.” Australian Journal of Education (AJE), vol. 55, no. 2, ser. 4, 1 Nov. 2011. 4, https://doi.org/10.1177/000494411105500204. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.


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