Educational Chutzpah

The Wall Street Journal, always on the lookout for good humor, outdid itself today with an essay by Chester E. Finn Jr., advocating keeping schools open on Saturday. The author acknowledges that strapped districts are shortening the school week to four days.  Others are considering eliminating the 12th grade.

Presumably, the idea would be for teachers to increase their days of work in return for reductions in salary.  Sadly, the problem is a teachers’ union, which is also responsible for the bad weather during the winter.

In the words of the author, “This issue brings out the teacher unions, too, demanding more pay for extra hours, hence fatter school-system budgets in a lean fiscal time.  Little wonder that taxpayers are legitimately wary.”

And who says that the Wall Street Journal does not have a good sense of humor?

Finn, Chester E. Jr. 2010. “The Case for Saturday School.” Wall Street Journal (20 March): p. W 1.

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