An Englishman in New York.
Over on Jose Vilson’s blog there’s an interesting debate about whether teacher unions block innovation.
Scott McCleod, who writes an ed tech blog that I enjoy and learn from, insisted in a comment that he knew of a school where the union filed a grievance against its members for meeting off hours in a professional learning group.
“You know this first hand,” I asked? You know first hand that everyone in the group wanted to meet off hours and weren’t pressured administratively or by others?
“Yep,” replied Scott. “Not hard to believe, is it?”
Well…yes it is. I didn’t believe a word of it.
And when another comment writer pointed out that it was illegal for a union to file a grievance against a member, Scott changed his story.
“Sorry, Nancy. I didn’t mean to imply by my reply to Fred that the union filed a grievance against its own members.”
But Scott didn’t imply it. He stated flatly that it was true.
This takes nothing away from Scott McLeod’s knowledge of technology.
But I hear stories about what goes on in schools all the time by people who never step foot in one as teachers.
Is the rest of what he “knows” any truer than what he knew first hand about the union filing a grievance against its members?
I keep my skeptical radar on, because these people are like an Englishman in New York. What they say they know, and what really is true are not necessarily the same thing.