Teacher Unions and the Education Bureaucracy

Larry Sand reviews Steve Jobs’ ground-shattering views on teacher union officials’ power in an interview from 1995. While he does not mention merit pay, the idea that teacher unions have turned education into a bureaucracy and not a meritocracy still rings true.  Check it out on

Despite what union leaders say, competition makes everything better.

A 1995 interview with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has just resurfaced and is available on YouTube. While the interview, conducted by Computerworld’s Daniel Morrow, went on for 75 minutes, the 3:42 Jobs spent talking about education is memorable. The Silicon Valley visionary knew as much about how to run an education system as he did about operating a wildly successful tech company.