Dale, I am a big fan and as an entrpreneur who built a very successful company from nothing with no money or prior knowledge and was self taught, I believe you are really on to something. However I must agree with the others who do not understand your defense of teacher unions. The only more reactionary and defensive institution in America after academia, I believe, is the unionized public school. I do not know a single real world entrepreneur who feels the need for such a regressive force in a workplace. Sure if you run a sweatshop I would applaud an aggressive union coming in to protect the workers. But in my 65 years and 41 in the business world, I have seen this need very rarely. But I have watched many companies severly damaged by unions who abused the businessowners as well as the employees. One of the first things you learn in business is that sometimes you have to fire a really awful employee, if you cannot, your entire company may be poisoned. Can you imagine a school that cannot fire awful teachers, ...well just look at Chicago schools. There is some genuine causation in the correlation between the growth of teachers unions and the decline of public education.