On collective bargaining and public education

Unless you’re on a media fast, you’ve probably heard about the proposed budget by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. I proudly voted for Governor Walker and volunteered for his campaign on a regular basis. His proposed solution to begin digging Wisconsin out of debt is the fulfillment of a campaign promise, and it is exactly what I voted for.

So much can be said about this topic — about the Democrat senators hiding in Illinois, the protests, the prank phone call from “David Koch” — but what seems to confuse so many people is why Walker’s budget proposes to take away public educators’ “right” (actually, I’ve seen it referred to as a “human right”) to collective bargaining. For the purposes of this post, I will not even begin to address the warped idea of human rights that is crippling our nation. Instead, I would rather talk about how the systems and unions surrounding our public education stand in the way of education itself (well, proficiency really). In fact, I would rather let someone else do the talking because I don’t think I could say it any better than this:


I would also like to talk about how education interferes with the intellectual development of our children, but that topic is for another day. Now, I’m going to go read John Holt.

“Next to the right to life itself, the most fundamental of all human rights is the right to control our own minds and thoughts. That means, the right to decide for ourselves how we will explore the world around us, think about our own and other persons’ experiences, and find and make the meaning of our own lives. Whoever takes that right away from us, as the educators do, attacks the very center of our being and does us a most profound and lasting injury.”

Excerpt from Instead of Education

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