The Teacher Rebellion

Berube, Maurice R.

Belaboring education THE TEACHER REBELLION David Selden Howard University, $16.95, 260 pp. Maurice R. Berube W ITHIN a generation, American teachers have come to wield enormous educational...

...He spent that time trying to merge the AFT with the NEA while steering the AFT toward progressive goals from his socialist orientation...
...Leonardo Boff The Base Communities Reinven~ the ChurchJ Through their two unions -- the National Education Association with 1.7 million members, and the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, with 600,000 members -- teachers have become a force to be reckoned with...
...What had worked for Selden in uniting various teacher organizations in New York City simply was not applicable on a national level...
...Ironically, the NEA, formerly a bastion of conservatism which had once allowed segregated locals in the South, had become the more liberal of the two organizations...
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...That led to a chain reaction nationwide and the dawn of teacher unionism...
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...In short, the AFT did not become the vanguard of a social movement...
...Boff dares to rethink the church in the light of the experience of...
...The most disappointing aspect of The Teacher Rebellion is how few pages are devoted to educational issues...
...They all hate it...
...David Selden, past President of the AFT and chief architect of the teacher rebellion, tells us how far they have come and how far they have to go...
...Shanker has become a leading cheerleader for the excellence movement...
...As AFT president from 1968-1974, Selden attempted to realize his dream...
...Selden is a most appropriate chronicler of the rise of teacher unionism...
...Under Shanker's leadership, the New York local successfully led the fight against a black community seeking elected school boards, comprised of ghetto parents, with the usual say over school policy...
...Moreover, business unionism eventually won out over social idealism in the AFT...
...Selden considered A Nation at Risk to be a "direct attack on the public schools and teachers...
...It may be that this httle book, so challenging and so charming, will educate us for the church of the future...
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...The NEA reacted defensively...
...Consequently, school reform eventuEXPLOmG THE ABORTION CONTROVERSY "Scrupulously analyzes the entire range of positions on abortion, tracing the ethical implications of each o n e . . . . Mr...
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...That is because the main preoccupation of teacher union leaders has heen the bitter rivalry to organize teachers...
...Maurice R. Berube W ITHIN a generation, American teachers have come to wield enormous educational and political power...
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...As AFT President, Selden had been more conciliatory, worried over the racial undertones of the confrontation...
...As the largest and most powerful constituency in education, one would expect more...
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...Organized labor (and current AFT President Albert Shanker) supported the war and opposed McGovern...
...On certain issues, such as defense, foreign policy, and afCommonweal: 184firmative action, the AFT leadership is closer ideologically to the Reagan administration...
...Selden criticized the war and vigorously supported George McGovern in 1972, the first presidential endorsement by a teacher union...
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...The conflict would attract national attention and overnight Shanker became a national figure...
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...On one level, the teacher union movement has had incremental success in raising wages and improving working conditions for teachers, and arguably, gaining more respect for them as well...
...What impact has teacher unionism had on education...
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...On key educational issues, however, the conservative Shanker still maintains his distance from Reagan...
...O NCE upon a time a female Maori tobacco field worker who owned a portable typewriter started writing a story attending to the needs of the disadvantaged to concentrating on the best and the brightest...
...Teachers remain divided, with the NEA and AFT pursuing separate agendas...
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...For reasons Selden makes clear,~ neither merger nor social reform finally came about...
...As the son of two Midwestern teachers who were both Socialists, Selden took teacher unionism to mean improving the economic lot of teachers while pursuing social change...
...Shanker correctly assessed the struggle as an attempt by parents to share educational power with the newly influential teacher union...
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...It was the Department of Education's jeremiad, A Nation at Risk, that launched the present conservative reform movement, aptly dubbed the "excellence" movement, in the spring of 1983...
...It was Albert Shanker, Selden's younger protrg~, who led a bitter and successful coup against Selden in 1974...
...Selden concludes that the conflict become "a watershed in (Shanker's) public career" and that "never again would the former Socialist be able to get back on the high road of progressivism...
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...The more conservative Shanker, also a former Socialist, moved the AFT to the right of center...
...For Selden, the ultimate dream was one big teacher union that would be the cutting edge of social reform...
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...The fallout...
...It was largely through his efforts as a paid organizer for the AFT that the breakthrough in collective bargaining occurred in New York City in 1961...
...bastc Chnstian commumties and.., prowdes us w~th a new perspective from which to look critacally at existing church structures...
...In time both organizations would be indistinguishable from one another...
...Another turning point was the community control conflict in the late 1960s...
...Elmira, NY 14905 , ally emerged from the strangest quarters: the Reagan White House...
...In that respect, he was in the tradition of such teacher social-activists as John Dewey and George Counts, founders of the AFT...
...Yet, what influence have these unions had on American labor and indirectly on social reform...
...On another level, teacher unionism has not become the engine for educational reform...
...What A Nation at Risk did was to change the focus -- from Roots & sinew THE BONE PEOPLE Ked Hnime Loul~ana State University, $17.95, 450 pp...
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...What is crucial, however, is that educational reform has yet to emerge from the matrix of the teacher union movement...

Vol. 113 • March 1986 • No. 6


 
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