‘Foundational for our students’: Teachers’ union boss laments GOP opposition

Even as conservatives protest progressive public school officials for pushing a partisan agenda in the nation’s classrooms, at least one left-leaning teachers’ union president believes Republicans represent the biggest threat to the educational system.

According to the Daily Caller, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten recently complained that the GOP will lead to “the demise of public schools.”

“Engaged citizens of the world”

She reportedly offered her take on the situation in an email to members of the union.

“The real agenda of the right, as Betsy DeVos, Christopher Rufo, and others make clear, is the demise of public schools and the fracturing of our neighborhoods,” she wrote.

Weingarten went on to make the case for public schools, acknowledging that they “are by no means perfect” but are “foundational for our students,” preparing “kids for life, for careers, for college, and to become engaged citizens of the world.”

Although some progressive pundits and politicians have suggested otherwise, she argued that “parents are our partners.”

Nevertheless, Weingarten vowed to fight against GOP-led attacks on the agenda being advanced by the AFT and other education activists.

Cultural debate rages on

Weingarten has also made headlines in recent months for her support of including critical race theory in public school curricula. The ideology has faced a mounting backlash from parents who believe the resulting lessons teach the next generation that America is inherently racist.

As the Daily Caller asserted, critical race theory “teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race.”

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was referenced by name in Weingarten’s email, has been a harsh critic of the theory. As a result of her stance on this and other issues, her nomination by former President Donald Trump was met with fervent opposition by various teachers’ unions.

The controversy came to define the recent Virginia gubernatorial election and the related public debate in part paved the way for Republican Glenn Youngkin to win the close race.

With conservatives successfully transforming opposition to critical race theory into a winning political issue, it remains to be seen whether Democratic lawmakers begin to distance themselves from the controversial agenda.

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