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Teachers unions and education in the United States

In some pockets teachers unions are blamed for the decline of education in the United States. It’s hard to tell if that’s true but there are good arguments for why the unions are making it hard to improve education. It largely revolves around the teachers unions being incredibly strong and thus able to prevent any changes that might make the school education system better.

For instance, if teachers were to receive merit based pay it would largely eliminate those that get into the job for the retirement package and health care and end up doing very little when it comes to actual teaching. The unions also oppose school choice, which would allow parents to choose where their students went to school. This would give entire school systems incentive to get better and stop being satisfied with the status quo