The Coal Miners of 1933

by Regis Boff

It might not be a bad idea for teachers to understand they have nothing in common with the coal miners in 1933. Everyone in America, ( except perhaps the teacher’s union), has known our schools were not performing adequately for the past forty years. We have pumped trillions into them. We have blamed the families, the kids, over-crowding, curriculum, the murder of liberal arts, decaying buildings and those sneaky other countries that browbeat their kids into success. But mostly we blame those sinister schemes that would allow us to test and rid ourselves of bad teachers, instead of giving them tenure as though they were Supreme Court Justices.