The head of the American Federation of Teachers defended the use of the controversial “1619 Project” in public schools Monday and stated it was being misinterpreted.
Fox News host Martha McCallum requested Randi Weingarten if children must be taught that the pursuit of American independence sprang from a desire to perpetuate slavery.
Weingarten denied that the 1619 Project pushed that principle and cited private conversations with its lead creator.
“I’ve had several conversations with Nikole Hannah-Jones and I have not arrived at the same conclusion from her work as you have,” she stated, arguing extra broadly that schools ought to train the roots of slavery in America.
But McCallum rebutted her characterization of the the revisionist historical past undertaking of the New York Times. “That’s not my conclusion,” she stated. “That’s directly from their work.”
Weingarten then abruptly tried to pivot to protection of the 2020 presidential election outcomes on Fox News. “I would hope that Fox would be just as focused on — let’s get rid of the misinformation on this election,” she stated.
McCallum accused Weingarten of diverting from the subject.
“That’s a dodge,” she stated, earlier than asking the query once more.
“I favor us teaching about 1776, which I have often done,” Weingarten stated. “I favor us teaching about 1619. I also favor us teaching about the Holocaust and the genocide in terms of the Holocaust.”
McCallum stated that she had realized about every of these matters whereas in faculty earlier than asking if Weingarten supported instructing children to view whites as oppressors of African-Americans.
“I think we should be lifting up all ethnicities,” Weingarten stated. “I don’t think we should say one is an oppressor class and one is not an oppressor class. I am a big believer in celebrating diversity and actually looking at and helping look at people’s lived experience.”
The union chief then resumed her name for Fox to replicate on its election protection, arguing that social research academics had been “wrestling” with convey the subject to their college students.
“If you’re really talking about looking at misinformation, Martha, and I hope you are, I really would hope that Fox would really look at what happened in this election,” she stated.
McCallum guided the dialog again to curricular traits.
“If you raise children in this country believing that it’s a bad country that was founded in wanting to preserve slavery — which is simply not true — then we have a problem in our school system,” she stated.
Weingarten asserted her patriotism in her response.
“I love America,” she stated. “My grandparents came from the Ukraine. My grandfather was persecuted, almost killed on his way to the United States. I love America. And I am so grateful that I live in a nation that can actually see how to make itself better. And that’s what we try to do in education all the time.”
The Post reported last week that the AFT lobbied the Centers for Disease Control on its February schools reopening steerage.
Those efforts led to the incorporation of AFT language in the ultimate product.
McCallum requested Weingarten if she thought schools will totally reopen subsequent yr.
“I hope so,” she stated, noting that the union is not going to require children to get vaccinated to qualify for in-person studying.
“But that’s why you’d still have to have some mitigation,” she stated, including that finally “we have to get our kids vaccinated.”