To my union friends, I have one message, "Wake up and smell the coffee!" The latest Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll is the proverbial "canary in the coal mine." When 47 percent of the general public says unions hurt public education, something is not working. It could be public relations or systemic. I vote for the latter, and I suggest the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) transform the heart of unionism--collective bargaining. Yes, the world has changed and collective bargaining needs to change as well. Using an industrial age tactic in a knowledge-based economy is ...

I woke up at my usual 5:00 A.M. on September 1st and realized that my life had changed. No longer did I have to drive that mile down 16th Street to the National Education Association (NEA) headquarters for my usual 10-12 hour day. No longer did I have to be available 24/7 to deal with the latest attack on my profession. No longer did I have to manage the stress of being responsible for 555 of the greatest employees or 3.2 million of the best members in the world who, on any given day, could turn ...


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