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“When what you’re doing sounds like an Onion headline, stop,” Bill Maher advises the country’s leading institutions weekly on HBO. Here’s an example from the president of a teachers’ union.
Cecily Myart-Cruz, president of United Teachers of Los Angeles, told LA Magazine that she is not concerned about the lost education students amassed over the past year. In fact, Myart-Cruz thinks the students are better off, after learning the meaning of an insurrection, a riot, and a protest.
Again, this is not an article from The Onion:
“It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables,” Myart-Cruz says. “They learned resilience. They learned survival. They learned critical-thinking skills. They know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words insurrection and coup.”
That’s a disgusting response from Myart-Cruz.
For background, the United Teachers of Los Angeles is the union that demanded teachers not teach remotely for more than four hours a day, despite pay for a full day. Moreover, UTLA posted the following headline to justify its actions:
“The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States underscores the deep equity and justice challenges arising from our profoundly racist, intensely unequal society.”
Such a statement intends to end debate. However, it had the opposite effect.
Past studies say that virtual learning disproportionately hurts minority students who don’t have access to standard internet requirements. And the LA Magazine also found that two-thirds of students largely ignored the assignments teachers posted for them to accomplish.
So, I ask, Ms. Myart-Cruz: was it the pandemic that underscored “equity and justice challenges” or your union?
Luckily for students over which the UTLA has influence, the meanings of an insurrection and riot are prerequisites to all jobs across corporate America. The hell with the timetables, multiplication, reading, and social interaction.