Prior to joining Heartland, Marc was a graduate student at Purdue University studying political psychology and education policy. He enjoys defending liberty, writing about education and technology, music, designing websites, and is a fan of the NFL team in Indianapolis. Go Colts!
Chris Christie is at it again. This teacher wants to understand why Christie has lambasted public education. Well it deserves lambasting when the teacher union asks for a raise at the same time that over $1billion of education funding has been pulled out from under the state. New Jersey is the first laboratory of democracy to see the ill-effects of increased federal meddling in state education, but that’s beside the point. The NJ teacher union has just been run-over in the world’s dumbest game of chicken.I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not anti-union. I think their is a strong conservative/libertarian argument in favor of labor unions. In fact, I think private-sector unions are a needed balance to the inherent inelasticity of the labor-force market. What could say free-market more than a labor force left free to organize as it pleases? That all said, it is when labor unions meet government that problems arise. Public unions, because they are negotiating with the sole buyer of labor and they represent the sole supply of labor, are one of the biggest problems faced in the U.S. today.
Some radicals would make unionization illegal; they would demonize the idea of unions. I think that the answer is a simple one: in every instance where it is possible, privatize the market.
So, while I applaud Chris Christie’s rants against a teacher union that thinks its playful ribbing to pray for his death, I think he needs to begin to find the root of the problem. New Jersey needs to convert to a fully-funded education voucher and start the transition to a system of private education. Let the labor unions form in the private school market and give their customers (the kids) a choice to look elsewhere. Problem solved.