WBEZ | Charles Payne http://www.wbez.org/tags/charles-payne Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Are unions ruining everything? http://www.wbez.org/story/charles-payne/what-do-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-unions <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/protest pic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the critically acclaimed documentary <em>Waiting for Superman</em>, teachers unions are given a large slice of the blame for the systemic problems in America's public schools.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a narrative echoed in current public dialogue, and you don&rsquo;t have to look very hard to find it. Governors in Wisconsin and Indiana are looking to strip public sector workers, including teachers, of their collective bargaining rights, and last week Rhode Island&rsquo;s state government <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-providence-teachers-20110225,0,6911223.story">gave termination notices</a> to all of its teachers as a warning that they could lose their jobs come fall.</p><p>By way of concession the American Federation of Teachers, a union that represents nearly 1.5 million educators, has <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/25/education/25teacher.html?_r=1&amp;ref=us">proposed changing the way their members are evaluated and dismissed</a>.</p><p>But there are some who question whether teachers and their unions deserve to be so much in the spotlight.</p><p>Education researcher Charles Payne spoke to colleagues at the University of Chicago in January and took issue with the way that the national discourse about education has been framed around the question of teachers unions.</p><p>In the audio excerpt posted above, he takes aim at <em>Waiting for Superman</em> and outlines what he sees as the consequences for such an argument.</p><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><a href="../../../../../../series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range</em></a><em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Charles Payne spoke to an audience at the University of Chicago in January. Click </em><a href="../../../../../../story/news/education/reforming-urban-schools-scale"><em>here</em></a><em> to hear the event in its entirety, and click </em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast.</em></div></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/charles-payne/what-do-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-unions