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The Worm in the Apple: How the Teacher Unions Are Destroying American Education Paperback – January 20, 2004
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I really do wish that more teachers would read this book and come to the realization that the union is doing more harm than good in promoting great education. Teachers should withdraw their support of unions until the unions can shift their priorities to actually caring about the students.
Every American with a child in public school should read this book.
The premise is, as the title clearly states, that since the rise of teacher unions in the mid-1960s, the quality of education has dropped, innovation has been compromised and the cost of education has skyrocketed. He backs it up with a ton of statistics. To the credit of Brimelow, this could have been a stale listing of statistics punctuated by charts. However, he writes in a lively style and backs up his assertions with independent sources of information as well as damning quotes from movers and shakers in the NEA and the AFT.
As an unsatisfied member of the NEA, I found the book to be quite eye-opening. It was also interesting to me since the Indiana branch of the NEA (Indiana State Teachers Association) was the source of a lot of his material and that is my State Association.
This is a thought-provoking and challenging book. He does not just stand there and point out problems. He also 24 suggestions at the end of his book, although he is quick to note that this is a wish list and it will be extremely unlikely that half of these could ever see the light of day.
Brimelow begins with NEA's 1999 annual meeting. It reads like a political train wreck, and is the perfect start in proving his point. Throughout the book, Brimelow shows the NEA's move from reading, writing, and arithmetic to such things as self-preservation, politics, and political correctness books and class atmosphere. Brimelow names names, places blame, dishes numbers, and exposes past and present union leaders. His eye-opening facts are riveting as he relays various accounts in trying to prove the absurdity of the union's control.Read more ›
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Good and thorough analysis about how we are being screwed over by the NEA, NFT, et al.Published 10 months ago by Richard B. Sorensen
Brimelow has some good points about what is wrong in modern schools but I noticed a few red flags. One of them was the promotion of certain for profit education companies in the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joe O
Brimlow is a business guy and so he must know what he's talking about. Right? Milton Friedman likes him so that's good too, right? Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!! Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Dr Markway
My father has been in HR for over 25 years dealing with a lot of different unions in the private-sector. Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by Taylor Gillespie
This book is long overdue. Brimelow exposes how radical unions have wrecked our public schools. And the costs - most people assume that teachers are underpaid.....hardly. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Cf Allison
His background is in financial writing so hes always no nonsense!
I recommend all his books!!!
and why are finnish children so smart ????? Read more
Peter Brimelow notes that, since the National Education Association gave up its interest in K-12 education and became a teschers' union, rather than an association of educators,... Read morePublished on August 3, 2004 by Joseph H Pierre
This is not a cheerful or optimistic book, but it is one that absolutely had to be written. I am personally familiar with Peter Brimelow although it took me awhile to getting... Read morePublished on July 17, 2004 by Bernard Chapin