That notorious quote was from Albert Shanker, President of the Teachers Union (United Federation of Teachers) from 1964 to 1984 as well as President of the Teachers Union (American Federation of Teachers) from 1974 to 1997.
I was reminded of Albert's poignant quote today when reading the Wall Street Journal's Op/Ed piece "Unions vs. Race to the Top". The article is worth reading in full, but here are some key points:
"Is the Obama Administration going to side with school reformers, or will it reward state and local teachers union affiliates that defend the status quo?"
"Teachers unions in Minnesota and Florida are currently threatening to withhold support for their state Race to the Top applications, which are due later this month. So is the school boards association in Louisiana."
"Unions are mainly opposed to teacher accountability reforms."
"Collective-bargaining agreements that protect bad teachers also harm children. Unions, which put the interests of their members above those of students, aren't bothered by this."
And don't forget the words of Bob Chanin, from the NEA Teachers Union: