Do I need their permission to have a union?
There is a good post from Anthony Cody in Ed Week.
I can hardly be accused of being an apologist for the leadership of the NEA or the IEA. But do I really need permission from some people who claim they are progressives to have a union unless it meets their conditions?
One of the oldest problems with the left or progressive movement is our tendency to drag ourselves down through internal struggle over who has the most correct political line. We are seeing some of this dynamic emerge in the movement against high stakes testing. Perhaps it is a coming of age – a sign of our success – that we have a strong enough movement that people are taking these issues seriously. But I am afraid we are going to squander our precious momentum by turning our anger on one another, when there are very clear assaults taking place on teachers and students across the country.