Teacher Unions and Education Policy: Retrenchment of Reform?

ISBN: 978-0-76230-828-6, eISBN: 978-1-84950-126-2

ISSN: 1479-358X

Publication date: 16 December 2004


The public has long been led to believe that the connection between teacher unions and quality education is negligible or even a contradiction in terms. For an example of that view, one barely needs to go beyond the title of a 1996 U.S. News & World Report cover story, “Why Teachers Don’t Teach.” The story essentially tells the public that the teacher unions bear most of the blame, that they have used their money and muscle to preserve their own privileges and to stave off efforts at reforms aimed at improving educational quality. The two major teacher unions, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA), are the main targets of this criticism.


Henderson, R.D., Urban, W.J. and Wolman, P. (2004), "INTRODUCTION", Henderson, R.D., Urban, W. and Wolman, P. (Ed.) Teacher Unions and Education Policy: Retrenchment of Reform? (Advances in Education in Diverse Communities, Vol. 3), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. XI-XXIX.

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