Have you ever seen the top of the nation’s strongest academics’ union caught like a deer within the headlights? If not, you will need to have missed American Federation of Teachers head Randi Weingarten’s disastrous interview on Fox News.
The union boss managed to badly botch not one however two of probably the most vital points going through America’s colleges, and it should deeply fear the nation’s mother and father. On each the questions of instructing youngsters the 1619 Project and significant race idea (which pegs whites as irredeemably racist) and opening the faculties themselves, her solutions have been filled with falsehoods.
For instance, on The New York Times’ 1619 Project, which asserts that America was based by, for and of slavery at first, Weingarten flubbed, fibbed and deflected. She assured viewers that 1619 was the yr African slaves first arrived in America — which could properly be the case, however that isn’t the difficulty historians have ripped to shreds. Weingarten was ducking.
Pressed by Fox host Martha MacCallum on the truth that 1619 asserts rather more than this, specifically that American independence was motivated by slavery, Weingarten stated she’d spoken to challenge chief Nikole Hannah-Jones and “had not arrived at the same conclusion.” Huh? You’d virtually suppose the lady who leads the union tasked with instructing youngsters to learn can’t learn herself, since that’s the 1619 Project’s complete thesis.
With her again in opposition to the wall, Weingarten launched into what the youngsters name “whataboutism.” Out of seemingly nowhere, she fully modified the topic: “I would hope that Fox would be just as focused on — let’s get rid of the misinformation on this election.”
View that for what it’s: an admission that concerns about the 1619 Project and critical race theory in our colleges are ones she will’t handle, except for basically saying, “Oh, yeah, well, other people allegedly lie about stuff, too.”
The chief of our nation’s greatest academics’ union fared little higher on the query of when colleges will likely be totally open and why they’ve been at the least partly closed for thus lengthy. Weingarten’s reply on that: She “hopes” youngsters will likely be again in full-time, in-person school in September. Well, yeah. Everybody hopes that; the query is whether or not they will be.
Pressed on why non-public colleges have been totally open for months whereas many public colleges haven’t, Weingarten prevaricated once more. She claimed spikes in COVID within the fall had led to varsities closing once more, however actually many non-public colleges operated with out interruption and with out inflicting an enormous surge within the virus.
Eventually, an clearly flustered Weingarten fell again on that previous tried and true protection when caught in a lie: Blame Donald Trump. “If we had actually listened to Dr. [Robert] Redfield and the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] last May and that the president — the former president — hadn’t kept on changing his mind and changing these things, we would have gotten more schools back in session.” Lord is aware of what “things” she was referring to, however regardless: This is revisionist historical past with a wholesome dose of gaslighting.
Truth is, the Trump administration was pushing to open colleges, actually succeeding in lots of states, whereas Weingarten’s academics’ union was actively working with the CDC to maintain colleges closed. All whereas ludicrously claiming it desperately wished youngsters again within the classroom.
Some unions have been even holding youngsters’s schooling hostage with absurd calls for, like defunding the police, earlier than they’d conform to get academics again to work.
It’s onerous to know what’s worse: the thought that many youngsters may not be again in school within the fall or that they are going to be and will likely be studying a model of American historical past that not solely paints our nation as evil however doesn’t even inform the reality.
The nation’s academics’ unions have loads to reply for on each counts, however their strongest spokesperson can do little greater than hem, haw, deny and lie when confronted with these questions. Our nation’s college students deserve higher. They are the victims of the unions’ anti-truth and -science stances. And it must cease now.