I’ve always believed that we should treat our public school teachers the same way that society treats brain surgeons. Our best teachers, like our best brain surgeons, should become wealthy and respected leaders in our community. Our worst teachers, like our worst brain surgeons, should be encouraged to change careers before they cause too much additional damage.

So I am somewhat conflicted when I think about teachers’ unions. On one hand, the unions’ members perform the most important job imaginable: they are entrusted with the intellectual development of our children. I’ve taught at the university level for 25 years and I am well aware how much easier my job is because of the skill, the patience and the commitment that elementary and secondary school teachers devote to their students. Every day, I am grateful for the exemplary work they do to prepare our next generation of leaders for success.

But at the same time, I am…

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