At the NEA Convention this year in D.C., I had a discussion with a teacher from another district about teacher perceptions of unions, especially the differences in perspective between new teachers and those of more experience. I definitely see a difference in my school and district.
When younger teachers ask about the union, they tend to ask how the union will get them more independent collaboration time and how the union will protect them against students and parents. The elder teachers seem to see more of an “us versus them” situation wanting to protect themselves from the administration. Continue reading