In a fairly candid exchange this week in Texas, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that teachers unions are, “what’s wrong with our schools.” This from a guy whose company has put untold millions of computers into the Nation’s schools.
Comparing schools to small businesses and principals to CEO’s, he said, “What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in, they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good?” Remember, we noted in this space a while ago that at least in DC, the really bad teachers flushed out of the worst schools turn up in the better schools, thank to — you guessed it — the DC teachers’ union contract.
Said Jobs according to this PC World story, “What is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way. This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy.”
Manufacturers are the big end users of the product of America’s schools and have every reason to be concerned with shat our schools are cranking out. There is some truth to what Jobs said. The NEA, of course, is so busy flushing its members’ money down the rat hole that can’t really complain. If they put half the effort into education that they did into politics and non-education-related issues, maybe Jobs’ lament wouldn’t ring so true.
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