I believe in collective bargaining for public school teachers. So does Ben Lindy; he said it again in an email blast yesterday: “I support the rights of people to bargain collectively (including teachers).” Indeed, at the time it was published, the conservative New York Post criticized Ben’s article
as being too favorable
towards collective bargaining rights: “If collective bargaining ultimately delivers a superior product — higher-achieving students — Lindy’s study (cited warmly in The Boston Globe and elsewhere) may be a blockbuster with broad implications.”
The “controversy” here has nothing to do with political views. It has to do with whether we think politicians should make decisions by blindly agreeing with lobbyists or if politicians should make decisions by thinking about and understanding actual facts.
It would be nice if the real world always lined up with our preferences and our beliefs, but facts are stubborn things. If we as a society want to have a functioning educational system, we need to have the facts about that system, and we need to have political representatives who understand those facts and can use those facts to make the system better.
In a sane world, Ben’s article would be proof that he’s just the person for the job: he devoted himself to education for years and did exhaustive, painstaking work to see how education policy works in the real world. In the Hamilton County Democratic Party, however, it’s grounds for them to attempt to “censure” him by denying him the privileges given to every other candidate: access to the party’s voter files, mailing lists, and postage discounts.
It goes without saying that, if the Hamilton County Democratic Party censures Ben Lindy for publishing a thorough, methodologically-sound empirical research article in the Yale Law Journal, they will reveal themselves to be a bunch of anti-intellectuals who would rather curry favor to special interests than do their job in representing the people.