What’s going on here?
Robin Broshi a member of the NYC Community Education Council, told a colleague during a meeting: “It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap!”
He responds, “I would like to know how having my friend’s nephew on my lap was racist.”
She replies: “Read a book! Read ‘White Fragility’!”
Imagine: this is a woman who has input into the education of New York City children.
Well, one utter lunatic is still less problematical than this: the United Teachers Los Angeles, a 35,000 member union in the Los Angeles Unified School District issued a policy paper that called called on local authorities to “keep school campuses closed when the semester begins on August 18, and outlined provisions it says will be necessary to reopen schools again, including sequestering students in small groups throughout the school day, providing students with masks and other forms of protective equipment, and re-designing school layouts in order to facilitate “social distancing.”
Okay. Teachers have legitimate input in these decisions. However, the union has other demands.
- It wants to defund police departments, arguing that Police violence “is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue.” The teachers want authorities to “shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”
If these teachers think that police are a “leading cause” of death in the black community—they are not—then they are incapable of doing minimal research or being trusted not to teach students fact-free propaganda. This does make an implicit argument that if the teachers are this clueless, the astronomical amount of money devoted to a rotting public school system might be better devoted to other priorities.
- The union demands, and a condition of going back to work, the elimination of charter schools. “Privately operated, publicly funded charter schools…drain resources from district schools,” the union states.
So rather than negotiate in good faith regarding the teaching conditions to be in place when the schools re-open, the union is using its leverage to extort the government into passing unrelated measures. There is more…
- The union also demands the implementation of a federal Medicare-for-All program, several new state-level taxes on wealthy people, and a “federal bailout” of the school district.
This is the point at which a responsible government decertifies the union.