Save the children, fire the teachers’ unions
IYou started in Chicago, where 91% of unionized teachers voted to strike and refused to do what they are paid to do, which is to teach. Then, union walkouts spread to Maryland, New Jersey and California.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Liberal Democrat, attacked Chicago teachers’ unions for “holding children hostage.” She’s right.
Why doesn’t she call for a state of emergency and dissolve the union to save the children of union terrorists? Tear up the contract because the unions violated it? If she did, she would be a hero.
President Joe Biden keeps saying how much he and his fellow Democrats in Washington care about “children.” Uh-huh. He has rightly stated that there is no health reason to close schools. But in this latest episode of union violence against our school-aged children, he does nothing. Perhaps that’s because over 90% of the tens of millions of campaign dollars donated by teachers’ unions go to Democrats.
It’s time for a Ronald Reagan moment. In the first year of his presidency, in 1981, he sacked thousands of illegally striking air traffic controllers. He broke the back of a militant union that endangered public safety by refusing to report to work. The airlines continued to operate, and the havoc the unions were trying to wreak on our national transportation system was averted thanks to Reagan’s bold move.
Let’s be clear: there is no health or safety excuse for teachers and students not to be in the classroom, as the first wave of COVID-19 should have taught us.
The almost indisputable evidence shows that school closures have no positive effect on the spread of COVID-19. Many studies have shown that keeping children at home can increase the spread when out-of-school students and teachers are instead in the community, where infections spread more quickly.
A Journal of Global Health a systematic review of 90 studies found that âopening educational institutions may not predispose children and adolescents to a higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection than adults. community than in schools. School attendance can serve as a protective factor, reducing children’s chances of having contact with the community in a relatively isolated environment during school hours.
But children’s emotional and educational progress following school closures can be devastating. McKinsey found that students finished last year of school on average five months behind in math and four months behind in reading.
Another study from Ohio State University found that “districts with full distance education saw a decline of up to three times greater than districts that had in-person instruction for most of the school year “.
The left likes to talk about social justice and income inequality. However, the children most affected by school closures are poor, in the minority, and below average in school performance. For high-performing motivated students, distance learning can work very well. For those who need schools the most, underachieving online learning is fundamentally the same as no schooling.
What to do ? It is time for a national revolt against the evil empire of teachers’ unions that has become the worm in the apple of our education system. How outrageous it is that parents, taxpayers and politicians beg teachers to teach. The fact that more than 9 in 10 Chicago teachers do not want to teach shows us the poor quality of the people we put in front of our children.
What is the solution? First, if the teachers abandon our children, they should be fired and banned from teaching in a public school again – as happened with the illegally striking air traffic controllers.
Second, this is America’s school choice time. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey correctly issued an executive order in his state stating that if a school district closes, he will redirect education dollars directly to parents so they can send their children to private or religious schools or to homes that are open and teach students.
What is clear is that the transfer of political control of our schools to the unions has caused irreparable damage to our children. These are the viruses that affect the health and well-being of our children. But it is also true that if we, citizens and voters, allow this hostage-taking to continue, then we are responsible for the damage. We are to blame if we continue to elect politicians who kneel before militant unions.
We need a heroic Reagan moment to end this tragedy. It stops now.
Free our children.