Glen Ford explains what the Chicago Teachers Strike is really about
In one sentence from the deservedly famous "What Hath Obama Wrought":
Even Obama’s “lesser” crimes are astounding: his early calls for austerity and entitlement-axing (two weeks before his inauguration) and determined pursuit of a Grand Accommodation with the GOP (a $4 trillion deal that the Republicans rejected, in the summer of 2011) reveal a politician intent on ushering in a smoother, more rational corporate hegemony over a thoroughly pacified civil society. Part and parcel of that pacification is the de-professionalization of teaching – an ambition far beyond de-unionization.
Ding ding ding ding ding.
Because there is so much more rent to be extracted from wage slaves running "educational" software than there is from teachers actually teaching.
NOTE The professors are next for de-professionalization via "unbundling," which at least the adjuncts can see. What else can they imagine MOOCs are all about? That declension might take a generation to play out, of course. And there will always be one-to-one "bespoke curricula" for a certain class of people. Those who can really appreciate such things.