I read somewhere recently that only seven percent of the US workforce remain unionized, though of course in education that number is much higher. For better or for worse, the overall trend is clear -- more and more industries are either shutting down (manufacturing) or moving overseas, or becoming much less union-dominated than they were. Pensions and employer-paid healthcare plans are going the way of the dodo bird, or at least they have in other sectors. But maybe education is different? Put your own opinions aside for a moment -- and your own personal benefit -- and ponder the following: Do you think that teaching will be as unionized as it currently is in 20 years, or more like 50-50, or do you think it's possible that unionization in the education profession will have basically gone away by then? Assuming such a thing happens, will the trend overall improve the quality and performance of teachers, or turn teaching into some sort of service industry fast food kind of job? Answers will be graded. Remember back up your answer with at least one concrete bit of historical (or anecdotal) evidence.
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