Randi Weingarten’s latest pontification in the Huffington Post, “Race in America: Changing Reality by Facing It” was brought to my attention by Schools Matter blog. Her analysis of confronting white privilege is amusing at best. Unbeknownst to Weingarten, there are many white teachers who go every day to poor neighborhoods of color to teach the children. Four cities where the American Federation of Teachers predominates; New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Newark are famous for the multitudes of school closings in those same neighborhoods.Never forget that Randi went in and worked with Christie to negotiate a Newark teacher contract. Where has that gotten them?
Weingarten claims that “As a woman, as a Jew, as a lesbian and as a labor leader in a time of great anti-union animus,” she has been subjected to bias in our society. As a member of only two of the four aforementioned groups, I would venture a guess that the societal prejudice she has confronted in her glass house pales by comparison to the unrelenting racism suffered by people of color in the United States.
My question is what is Randi Weingarten doing to protect children of color in the United States from losing their schools and their neighborhoods? What is the President of the American Federation of teachers doing to protect the public school teachers she is handsomely paid to represent?
What is Her Highness doing to support public education in these fifty states? Newark, the city of my employment, is being bombarded by charter school expansion plans as enabled by our new Superintendent in cooperation with our traveling Governor. Is Randi Weingarten doing anything to mitigate the damage to the Newark Public Schools? Other than occasionally publishing pabulum, the only entity being advanced by Randi Weingarten is Randi Weingarten.
Some Ed Notes blasts from the past.