This article at the Washington Examiner gives us some insight into how the American Federation of Teachers Union was recently exposed for what they are – a union whose main priority is maintaining its power structure, NOT educating children:
American Federation of Teachers officials have disavowed an internal report after it was posted on the union’s website following its annual conference, embedded on each of its 19 pages with the union’s logo and signed by a union official.
Though the union’s biggest concern is not serving children or parents, it cannot have the public aware of this, or that its strategy includes the “absence of charter school and parent groups from the table” during political shenanigans that simultaneously target lawmakers with lobbying pressure while appearing to “[discuss] shared concerns” with parent and reform groups.
The union says it learned from past “mistakes” to avoid “inflammatory rhetoric” and the appearance of “saying ‘no.'” So, instead, it preaches “collaboration” and “allowing teachers to have a voice,” while working behind the scenes to make sure no one but the union does.
It’s a sad truth, but one Americans must understand: Teachers unions don’t fight for children. And that’s not why teachers join them. Teachers, as much as they love children and their jobs, know unions provide excellent job insurance.
Unions know that to increase their political influence, they must respond to the self-interest of dues-paying members, not some altruistic concern for children or teaching excellence.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/08/teachers-union-disavows-internal-memo-endorsing-deception-parents#ixzz1UB78adWR
A cursory search of the American Federation of Teachers web site really didn’t turn up any additional information (other than the usual commie union drivel… BUT, AntiPinko has obtained a copy of the presentation in question. If you want to read it, download it here.