If the American Federation of Teachers goes through with its threat to strike unless reopening plans are completely to their liking, it runs the risk of forever losing support (“The Virus May Strike Teachers Unions,” The Wall Street Journal,” July 30). I say that because most parents have a high regard for individual teachers but not for their unions.
By making unreasonable demands, teachers unions will increasingly be seen as out strictly for themselves rather than for their students. That has been the charge made against them from the beginning. As a result, parents will be motivated to form learning pods, which are small groups getting together with a tutor to teach their children or enroll them in private and religious schools that remain open for in-person instruction. Already, nearly 300,000 families in New York City have signed up for remote-only learning.
I don’t think that will happen on a large scale across the country, but it is a possibility that has the potential to change the face of public education in this country in the years ahead.
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