Thomas Sowell makes the case that the teacher’s union are really perpetuating a system of oppression by preventing poorer kids from getting a better education, and teachers’ unions are funding campaigns to end school choice that benefits Black kids. Here is an excerpt of the arguments:
Why then is Biden against charter schools? Because the teachers’ unions are against charter schools. And, unlike Black voters, teachers unions – with millions of members who vote and millions of dollars to donate as political campaign contributions – do not automatically give their support to either political party, without getting something big in return.
A majority of the students in charter schools are either Black or Hispanic, and they usually live in low-income communities. So teachers unions’ opposition to charter schools is directly in conflict with the interests of low-income minority students. But low-income minority students do not vote, and their parents do not donate millions of dollars to political campaigns.
BLM has been pushing “defund the police” as the answer for “systemic racism”. My observation is that kids with a good education rarely have any need for dangerous interactions with the police, and they have a wide range of opportunities for advancement. Police are usually dealing with problems that are a product of a failing educational system.
Should we really be talking more about defunding the teachers’ unions and less about defunding the police?
Are the teachers’ unions the main source of “systemic racism”?