You don’t have to be a “progressive” to conclude that once in a while America makes political progress, and not always toward the left. One sign of real progress in recent years is the growing consensus that teachers unions are the main obstacle to improvement in American public schools.
That was apparent Sunday during an interview on CNN. Host Jake Tapper played to the media stereotype of GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie by asking the New Jersey Governor a question about who “at the national level deserves a punch in the face?” Mr. Christie could have been forgiven for saying Mr. Tapper. But he had a better answer: “Oh, the national teachers union, who has already endorsed Hillary Clinton 16, 17 months before the election.”
Mr. Tapper: “Why?”
Mr. Christie: “Because they’re not for education for our children. They’re for greater membership, greater benefits, greater pay for their members. And they are the single most destructive force in public education in America. I have been saying that since 2009. I’ve got the scars to show it. But I’m never going to stop saying it, because they never change their stripes.”
Every word of that is true and important to say. The teachers unions have been punching poor children for decades, and someone has to punch back for those children.