I don't think the teacher unions are the ones pushing for more constraints on the teachers.
sure they are. it's spun as protecting the teachers. the powers that run the unions think of you like you do the "lower income" people you referenced earlier. they don't think you and your fellow teachers can teach without these rules
they just spin is as protection, just like you spun your comments as protection (just of another group you feel superior towards)
As a teacher in a public school, I do not get to decide what to teach, when to teach it or now with the COMPASS evaluations how to teach it.
and the only way to get the freedom to do so is to prove that this freedom given to a good teacher will lead to better results. this means breaking away from the union-slave mindset.
when a non-degreed teacher who isn't trained is given the freedom to develop a class that out-performs its public competition, then we should say "shit, look at that." instead, the public unions push for MORE rules (and sell them to teachers as protections)
I am a member solely for lawsuit protection and on a lesser scale protection from being railroaded by principals.
and, again, the "commoditization" of teachers is a cause of the very unions who claim to protect you
that's why they push for every teacher to teach the same thing in the same way. nobody succeeds and creates their own protections, and all classes suffer, so everyone is at risk. then the union in shining armor comes down to protect you