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The Politics of the PTA (New Studies in Social Policy)
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Haar demonstrates how the better organized and more powerful elements of the coalition - the teachers' unions - were able to steer the organization's mission over time along a path they preferred, as was, perhaps, inevitable. Haar reminds us, however, that teacher and parent interests do not always coincide and, indeed, seem to have grown more divergent over time. Ironically, however, the PTA's continuing steadfast support of the public education status quo has generated only meager success, for example, in terms of favorable legislation passed in the U.S. Congress, where the PTA has spent a substantial proportion of its resources in lobbying efforts. Meanwhile, parent membership in the PTA continues steadily to decline.
The Politics of the PTA is meticulously well-written and very well-organized.
Richard P. Phelps is the author of Kill the Messenger: The War on Standardized Testing
The premise of this book is very simple, if not crude: Teachers unions tend to be dominated by liberal- minded teachers; right wing education professionals were unable to gain control of the unions; ergo: unions must be destroyed. This swift-boating blueprint has been used on countless other unions by Republicans eager for power. This lobbyist fully reaped the benefits of collective bargaining protected education and employment through out her life. And now, in the twilight of her years, fully protected by generous union-negotiated retirement benefits, she uses the Republican dime to sacrifice the system on the altar of political expediency. Et tu, Brute?