A while back I blogged about John Stossel’s report on American schools and the lack of competition which he says is leading them to be so mediocre. (You can read my previous post here.) The teacher’s unions had a hissy fit and showed up outside his office to protest. (You can read his account of the protest, including some of the really dumb things the teachers there had to say here.) During the protest, the head of the New York City teacher’s union challenged him to spend a week doing a teacher’s job. Mr. Stossel said, “OK.” After many meetings, manipulations and hedging, the schools backed out. Apparently the the thought of Americans being able to see so clearly into even one of their very best schools was too much for them. I mean, it’s not like Americans are the ones paying for this whole thing – oh wait, we are paying for it! Now, tell me why?