The return of Ben Velderman.
Last week it was the crazy group of standardized test critics who jubilantly predicted the death of teacher unions. These are not your typical testing critics, since millions of the wisest critics are members of the teacher unions.
This week it is my old stalker from the right-wing, Ben Velderman of the Education Action Group.
You remember Ben. He’s the one who filed a Freedom of Information Act request last year for all my work emails and for my personnel file.
Predicting and rooting for the death of teacher unions is nothing new. What’s interesting is the broad political spectrum it now includes.
Ben bases his prediction on the decline in union membership.
He gives Wisconsin as an example.
This is like the old joke about the guy who murders his parents and then asks for mercy from the judge because he is an orphan.
EAG’s favorite Governor, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, destroys union collective bargaining. He slashes wages and benefits. Teachers leave the profession in droves. And Velderman claims this is a result of teacher rejection of unions.
It makes no more sense than what we heard last week from the opters.