If you have been watching the news this past week you have no doubt seen stories of the massive protests and strikes involving the teachers union in Wisconsin. In a nutshell, the Republican Governor Scott Walker is trying to kill the "greedy" unions. He has refused to negotiate with them. And why not? What have unions does for us?
A lot it seems.
For instance, let's take the case of teachers unions and their process of collective bargaining. There are currently 5 U.S. states that have outlawed unions and what follows are their places in national SAT/ACT scores:
South Carolina, 50th
North Carolina, 49th
In case you are wondering Wisconsin, with it's collective bargaining for teachers, is ranked 2nd in the nation.
As I wrote in a earlier post we are already lagging behind most other industrialized nations in our educational system.
How low are we willing to go?