Awareness of that indoctrination could be part of the reason why millions of kids are being pulled out of public schools.
Enrollment has dropped 4% since the pandemic started
In an article published earlier this week, The Hill cited a poll conducted by Education Next which found that student enrollment plunged during COVID lockdowns. What’s more, many children aren’t returning to the public system.
It found that in November of 2021, just 72% of children were enrolled in public schools and that number has only grown to 77% this past spring. In contrast, 81% were enrolled in the spring semester of 2020, a difference which amounts to roughly 2 million students.
One Twitter user reacted to the news by suggesting that this phenomenon will make things more difficult for leaders of left-leaning teachers’ unions to maintain their high-end salaries.
AFT and NEA are going to have to hike dues so they can keep paying their presidents $400K+
— Jason Hart (@jasonahart) August 19, 2022
Indeed, a report from the conservative watchdog group Americans for Fair Treatment cited public records showing that American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten salary amounted to $449,562 in the fiscal year 2020-2021.
Teachers’ union head says climate change is an education issue
In addition to fewer children being exposed to left-wing ideology, the drop in student enrollment may also make it more difficult for education officials to engage in activism outside the classroom.
An example of that behavior was seen earlier this month when Weingarten stood on Capitol Hill and touted the Democrat-sponsored Inflation Reduction Act’s provision regarding climate change.
“Where’s the education pieces here? Where’s the education pieces here?!” the union leader shouted as she began to gesticulate.
“Climate change! If we actually stop these extreme weather events! Look at what’s happening in Kentucky right now! Look at what’s happening in California right now! We then give a future to our kids,” Weingarten insisted.
She then went on to insist that the legislation represents “a bill that is going to solve the issues that keep people up at night.”