Discussing the implications of Weingarten being reelected as the American Federation of Teachers president for the future of public education, Fox News contributor Lara Trump
NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! At the New York State United Teachers conference on Wednesday, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten attacked “right-wing radicals,” asserting that public schools are “foundational” to American education and that conservatives are attempting to “undermine” teachers.
She criticized Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, asserting that if kids “get their way,” they won’t develop critical thinking skills or learn life lessons. She went on to say that “Schools are a means of fostering plurality and diversity, which is why instructors are referred to as “awake” and books and lessons are censored.
DeSantis and DeVos spoke as headline speakers at a summit organized by the conservative parental-rights group Moms For Liberty last month.
The three-day summit’s purpose was to provide members from 30 states with the tools they needed to elect more conservative candidates to school boards.
DeVos, a fervent supporter of school choice, demanded at the summit that the Department of Education be “abolished” so that state and local bodies would be in charge of making choices about education.
“The attacks will only get worse because these fanatics are waging these cultural battles. It’s a tactic to separate parents and teachers and to instill fear and apathy. These are their most important weapons for victory “According to the AFT, Weingarten remarked.
“Extremists on the right have said that instilling widespread mistrust is the best way to achieve universal vouchers. After Janus, nevertheless, our members remained loyal to the union. And people all around the nation are aware of how crucial unions are. They are engaged in these culture battles for that reason.”
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, lauded the agreement and called it “a game-changer for teachers and families drowning in an ocean of online dishonesty.” (REUTERS/File Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein)
Weingarten declared a “antidote,” alleging that “extremists” had carried out a plan to “spread apathy and dread” among parents and educators.”
“What is the top priority for parents? They want their children to grow up learning and being safe. In order to boost literacy and enthuse children about learning, we launched the #ReadingOpensTheWorld program and concentrated on community schools “explained Weingarten.
Weingarten’s comments were rebutted by Lindsey Burke, the director of the Center for Education Policy at the Heritage Foundation, who told Fox News Digital that “parents generally support education choice, and recent polling shows Americans now trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to education.”
“When the unions forced schools to close during COVID, long after it was obvious that it was safe for kids to go back to school, parents lost faith in the unions. Then, in order to reopen them, they sought tens of billions of dollars from taxpayers. Families have been fighting back against radical content in schools because they want educational institutions that share their beliefs. Rightfully realizing this, Governor DeSantis has put rules into place to increase school transparency and parental accountability.”
Weingarten also discussed the need to cancel student loans and the U.S.’s crises in mental health and food insecurity.
“We’re focusing our attention on how to best fulfill the needs of our children rather than having endless discussions about who is woke. The goal of parents is that. Respect for teachers and the environment we need to teach are what we need “added Weingarten.
Republican voters are more confident in their ability to manage education, according to a survey Weingarten herself paid for.
Do you generally have more confidence in the Democrats or the Republicans to handle matters relating to education? That is the question being posed by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) commissioned a poll from Hart Research Associates.
According to the survey, Republicans have a 39 percent to 38 percent advantage over Democrats when it comes to which party Americans trust more when it comes to education. The poll was done in seven competitive states.
AFT President Randi Weingarten urged Democrats to step up messaging against Republican attacks on important race theory in response to the survey’s findings.
The Placentia Yorba Linda School Board is debating a motion that would prohibit teaching Critical Race Theory in schools, with an equal number of supporters and opponents in attendance. Getty Images (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times) Getty Images (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
By emphasizing the CRT curriculum and resisting mandates and lockdowns linked to COVID-19, conservatives have made great progress on the problem of education across the nation. Protests and school board recalls have resulted from these problems around the country.
Republican state legislators have pushed to outlaw the discussion of critical racial theory and gender ideology in the classroom, especially for younger children.
Reporter Joshua Q. Nelson works for FoxNews.com. His Twitter handle is @joshuaqnelson.