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Friday, October 1, 2010

AFT, NEA And The Dismantling Of The American Education System

If you will see one movie this year, make it "Waiting For Superman" by director Davis Guggenheim, yes the same rabidly liberal director who put out the Al Gore masterpiece (sarcasm intended) An Inconvenient Truth.

The movie, by almost all accounts (including liberal sources like the NYT and HuffPo), is a wake up call for America on how liberal policies and teachers unions has destroyed public schools, and as an extension, the future of the most disadvantaged in our society.

In meanwhile, it hasn’t been a good week for American Federation of Teachers’ president Randi Weingarten.  After being on defense the entire time during NBC’s “Education Nation” multi-day event, she was put on a list of “Most Hated People in America,” alongside Osama bin Laden.

Surely it must have been by a conservative pundit or organization, right?  Try Huffington Post writer Keli Goff, who wrote:

“American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten is about to join Osama bin Laden on the list of Most Despised People in America. And if even one tenth of [Davis] Guggenheim’s film [“Waiting for Superman”] is to be believed, then this distinction is well earned and well deserved.”

Wow! Randi Weingarten, who has been described as willing to “protect a dead body” in the classroom, is taking heavy fire from the Left. This is big.

Goff continues:

“I had no idea until seeing this film that Teacher’s Unions give far more money to political parties and politicians than the NRA." (Keli, I could have told you that - maybe if you liberals cared to inform yourselves through OpenSecrets.org, you would see how exclusively destructive forces in this country like unions and lawyers are buying out your beloved progressive politicians) 

She continues: "Yes, you read that correctly. So the next time a politician asks for your vote and claims to be “for the children,” ask them if they are also for the teachers’ unions, specifically tenure protections. Because you can’t be for both, plain and simple.”

“Waiting for Superman” seems to be the tipping point for many liberals who are rightly horrified by the state of our nation’s inner-city schools (many of which Weingarten negotiates with personally). The American public is beginning to realize that their tax dollars have been propping up a corrupt, immoral system and are demanding sweeping changes.

Victor Hugo is credited with saying, “An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”

The teachers unions see their power slipping away. They know their time is almost up. But don’t expect them to go without a hellacious fight.

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