American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has been caught red-handed trying to gaslight the American people about her union’s role in keeping your kids out of the classroom during the pandemic. Her flip flopping back and forth on parental rights and school reopenings cannot hide the fact that her radical policies have significantly impacted millions of children for the worse.
Don’t be fooled, Weingarten’s rhetoric is solely in the interest of her own left-wing political agenda, not your kids’ education.
In Case You Missed It via the Washington Examiner, Randi Weingarten is pretending the last 20 months of her term never happened.
Randi Weingarten should have learned in school that she cannot fool everyone
By: Washington Examiner
November 9, 2021
On Oct. 25, just days before Virginia’s governor’s race, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten tweeted out with gleeful approval an opinion article in the Washington Post. “Great piece on parents’ rights and #publicschools,” she wrote. The piece was titled “Parents claim they have the right to shape their kids’ school curriculum. They don’t.” Its central argument was that such a level of parental involvement would be “radical.” The piece also asserted that the spontaneous anger parents were showing at the racialist ideas being incorporated into the school curricula really just represented “a political tactic.”
Less than two weeks later, on Nov. 6, she circled back to the same article but this time from a very different perspective. “The headline is terrible,” she wrote. “The piece tells all of us where the law is and why. Parents have to be involved in their kids’ education. They must have a voice. At the same time, we have to teach kids how to — not what to think…”
In the run-up to the election, and also in the time since, Weingarten has been advocating a return to in-person schooling. She glosses over or even lies about the fact that no one did more than she and her organization to prevent the return to schools, even long after it was clear that the coronavirus posed no serious threat to children and that they were not prone to spreading it either. Weingarten’s reversal smacks of “gaslighting” — like an attempt to make people think they were mistaken about everything she used to say on the topic up to and including her threats to go on strike if school districts attempted to reopen in-person learning in fall 2020 .
Not only did she pressure school districts, but she also underhandedly pressured the Biden CDC into adding new and impossible preconditions for reopening.
The public must never forget how teachers unions conducted themselves during COVID-19. They did everything possible to keep the schools shut down everywhere they possibly could. They also treated Virginia parents with contempt for trying to be appropriately involved in their children’s schooling.
For her own part, Weingarten threatened strikes if school districts tried to reopen for the 2020-21 school year.
Now she claims that it was the teachers unions trying to reopen the schools all along. One rarely comes across such a flagrant attempt to gaslight the entire national population simply because it is too ambitious to work. It is impossible to fool that many people when such an extensive public record exists.