It started in Chicago, where an incredible 91% of unionized teachers voted to strike and refused to do what they were paid to do, which was to teach. Then, union walkouts spread to Maryland, New Jersey and California.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a liberal Democrat, has attacked Chicago teachers’ unions for “holding children hostage.” She’s right.
Why doesn’t she call a state of emergency and disband the union to save the children from union terrorists? Or 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 “kids.” Uh-huh. He correctly stated that there is no health reason to close schools. But in this latest episode of union child abuse against our school-aged children, he does nothing. That may be because more than 90% of the tens of millions of campaign dollars donated by teachers’ unions goes to Democrats.
It’s time for a Ronald Reagan moment. In the first year of his presidency, in 1981, he fired thousands of illegally striking air traffic controllers. He broke the back of an activist union that endangered public safety by refusing to show up for work. The airlines continued to operate, and the havoc the unions were trying to impose 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 to be in the classroom, as the first wave of COVID-19 should have taught us.
The almost irrefutable evidence shows that school closures have no positive effect on the spread of COVID-19. Many studies have shown that keeping children home can increase the spread when out-of-school students and teachers are out in the community instead, where infections spread faster.
A systematic review of 90 studies from the Journal of Global Health found that “opening educational facilities may not predispose children and adolescents to a higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to to adults. On the contrary, children and adolescents were more than twice as likely to be infected in homes and communities 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 the emotional and educational progress of children following school closures can be devastating. McKinsey found that students finished the last school year, on average, five months behind in math and four months behind in reading.
Another study from Ohio State University found that “districts with fully distance learning saw their test scores decline up to three times more than districts that had in-person instruction for the majority of the year. school”.
The left likes to talk about social justice and income inequality. However, the children hardest hit by school closures are poor, in the minority and below average in school performance. For the most successful motivated students, distance learning can work very well. For those who need schools the most, underperforming online learning is basically the same as no schooling.
What to do? It’s 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 that parents, taxpayers and politicians have to beg teachers to teach. The fact that more than 9 out of 10 Chicago teachers don’t want to teach shows us the poor quality of the people we put in front of our children.
What is the solution? First, if teachers abandon our children, they should be fired and banned from teaching in a public school again – just as happened with air traffic controllers on an illegal strike.
Second, this is a schoolhouse moment for America. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey correctly issued an executive order in his state stating that if a school district closes, it will redirect education money directly to parents so they can send their children to schools. private or religious or at home open and open. teach students.
What is clear is that the handing over of political control of our schools to the unions has done irreparable damage to our children. It is the viruses that harm the health and well-being of our children. But it is also true that if we as 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.
Stephen Moore is a senior researcher at Freedom Works. He is also the author of the new book: “Govzilla: How The Relentless Growth of Government Is Devouring Our Economy”.