What do you call someone who controls the future of 49.9 million American public-school children? (For reference, Canada has a total population of 38 million.)
Governor? Prime Minister? Most dangerous person in the world? That’s what former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Randy Weingarten.
Randy is the president of the second largest teachers union in America. Until schools closed in 2020, like most Americans, I had no idea who she was or the importance of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association in our lives. Teachers-union leaders enjoyed relative anonymity as they pulled the strings of America’s educational and political establishments – just offstage.
The pandemic lockdown pulled back the curtain and exposed us to the harsh reality. Suddenly, as parents found themselves fighting on the frontlines to reopen our nation’s schools, we were faced with an unfamiliar — and unexpected — along with many of my fellow liberal Democrats — adversary.
While we previously believed we shared the same values – a commitment to diversity, freedom of choice and all the basic civil liberties – it turns out the fake values that the unions supported are what we thought. Furthermore, they held all the cards while the parents were holding their inconsolable children.
As stakeholders in the public education of our children, many of us thought we had a seat at the table. We believed that all the rhetoric of engagement coming from our mayors, chancellors of schools, and even our president mattered to parents, that our public schools were raising our concerns and addressing our children’s needs. were concentrating.
During the lockdown and school closures, we quickly realized our confusion. We didn’t have time to say. We watched in dismay as First Lady Jill Biden, on her first full day in the White House, met with AFT chief Weingarten and NEA chief Becky Pringle. She famously told him, “You’ll always have a seat at the table.” You know who didn’t? Parents and children.
So you can understand why Mike Pompeo’s comment that Randy is the most dangerous man in the world resonated with me. Randy and his fellow union leaders are the ones who kept our schools closed, our children masked, and our communities divided during one of the darkest times of our lives. He had countless opportunities to lead, to help unite. But he chose to destroy instead.
Result? There has been the biggest decrease in the marks of the maths test so far. Decades were removed from the reading marks. Meanwhile, the union wants less testing, less accountability and lower academic standards.
Randi says that Pompeo is attacking him because he is “Jewish and gay”. This is yet another attempt at gaslighting, using identity politics to obscure the truth. Randi and the teachers’ unions have siphoned billions of dollars out of this country, and instead of using it to keep schools open and help the most disadvantaged children, they funneled it into key Democratic races, including Gov. Cathy Hochul, who set a record $60 million.
Today, while Randi tries to “save” democracy around the world, she leaves the smoldering flames of an irrevocably ruined public-education system to which she was entrusted. The world’s largest democracy is in danger because of his malfeasance.
I would say it is very dangerous.
Natalya Murakhvar is co-founder of Restore Childhood, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the COVID mandate for children and restoring athletics, the arts, and academics across the United States. She is producing a documentary on the lockdown called “15 Days…” Twitter: @AppletoZucchini