Teachers: The New Militants

The U.S. teacher used to be afraid to smoke, chew, cuss or ask for a raise. Now he denounces crowded classrooms, upbraids lawmakers, and goes on strike almost as readily as a dockworker. He even demands a say in things that school boards always considered their sole province. Teacher militancy is busting out all over.

The United Federation of Teachers, bargaining agent for New York City's 43,000 teachers, is currently threatening to strike not only for more pay but also for various kinds of better schooling. The odds are 50-50 that New York's 1,000,000 pupils are about to enjoy the longest...

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