From Wisconsin to New Jersey, many public school teachers feel they are too often criticized as lazy and overpaid.
So is there, as some suggest, a prolonged political attack on teachers?
Diane Ravitch told CNN that teachers, and the unions they belong to, are convenient political scapegoats.
â€śTeachers are being blamed for everything,â€ť said Ravitch, a professor of Education at New York University. â€śThey are being blamed for low test scores, they are being blamed for kids who don't speak English, teachers are being blamed for everything that happens that society should take some responsibility for.â€ť
CNN education contributor Steve Perry said much of the educational problems stem from principals whom hire underachieving teachers.
â€śToo many administrators were probably halfway decent teachers â€¦ but they are really bad leaders,â€ť Perry said.
He, like many others, also criticized teacher unions.
â€śUnions do more than reinforce bad teaching methods, they make it the standard,â€ť Perry said. â€śYou don't even have to be an average teacher, you just have to be a satisfactory teacher. That is disgusting!â€ť
As we researched this CNN Radio podcast we found the public is discussing the roles of teachers, unions and money much more today than just a decade ago.
We invite you to listen to the podcast, and comment below with what you think.
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