My title is kind because I really think that unions are rarely for the kids. I think a lot of teachers are, but the unions are not.
I won't write a lot here because I wrote a long union piece yesterday, but coincidentally an article came through on my Google alert email that I couldn't resist sharing because it gives examples of what Peter Hilts and I have been blogging about over the past two years.
The article (entitled "Teacher Unions Frequently Flunk the School Reform Test") by Thomas W. Carroll admits that often the union's goals coincide with student needs, but that when it comes to true school reform, the union often opposes change. It's a good read and gives good examples. Check it out.