ON-Lion Letter
survey released in August by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup indicates that Americans overwhelming support teachers, but not teachers' unions.  Among the survey results, 71% of respondents said that they have trust and confidence in America's teachers.  However, when asked about the teacher unions, 47% say they believe the unions have hurt education, compared to only 26% believing the unions have helped education.

"This survey shows that Americans are beginning to realize the disconnect between teachers and unions," according to Gary Beckner, executive director of the Association of American Educators (AAE).  "Unfortunately for teachers, they are often coupled with policies of the teacher unions that are bankrupting states, degrading the professionalism of teachers, and worst of all, hurting our nation's children.

"Teachers are not synonymous with unions, as union leaders would have you believe; rather, they are individual professionals with ideas to bring to the education dialogue that will aid in student learning and the American people are taking notice," Becker continued.

"Clearly," he concluded, "as respected professionals, teachers should distance themselves from the self-serving interest of labor unions and align themselves with an organization that respects their true priorities."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the Association of American Educators Foundation, which furthers the activities of AAE.
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