This article is about the teacher-unions effect, negative and positive, 0n schools throughout Canada, the U.S. and Britain. No doubt, however, the issues would apply to other developed nations as well. Therefore, while I will primarily use Ontario examples, I will include international links where possible. The main thing is that the issues discussed are generalizable.
To begin with, let me state that I believe that most public school teachers are doing an excellent job, are dedicated to their students and work above and beyond the call of duty. Let me also say that most teacher union officials truly believe that, when they include areas of practice in their bargaining, it is in the best interest of their members and, by default, their students.
Well, unfortunately, there is no such default position, because when teachers’ unions do primarily what is in the best interest of their members, it is often not in the best interests of students and the taxpaying public — as the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is currently promoting.
Here then are some of the intended or unintended consequences of the teacher-union effect on schools. I say some because I don’t touch on such government policies are pupil/teacher ratio and class sizes. Rather, I look at: