(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), said the efforts to pass parental rights bills in many states will cause unrest, Fox News reported.
Randi Weingarten on Florida pushing back against the woke movement & standing for parents’ rights:
“This is the way in which wars start. This is the way in which hatred starts.” pic.twitter.com/MCuxXD2PFy
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“This notion—we’ve been very lucky in America, and we in some ways live in a bubble for a long time,” Weingarten said. “This is propaganda. This is misinformation. This is the way in which wars start. This is the way in which hatred starts.”
AFT is the country’s most prominent teachers’ union has been a vocal critic of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the recent spate of parental rights legislation, accusing the GOP of overstepping their bounds.
Thus far, the union has attempted to appear balanced on the issue, especially with the recent surge of parental participation in school boards.
ATF has stated that it supports parental involvement, but apparently believes that some parents may represent a “vocal minority” aiming to marginalize kids and keep teachers from teaching critical race theory and gender ideology in the classroom.
“Educators welcome parent involvement in schools because our kids do best when teachers, parents and caregivers work together,” said AFT president Randi Weingarten in a statement to Fox News earlier this week. “We have a lot to do to help kids recover and thrive this year after two years of an unprecedented pandemic.
“So, rather than help us help our kids socially, academically and emotionally, these vocal minorities want to marginalize LGBTQ kids, censor teachers and ban books.”
Weingarten was panned by conservatives online for these statements.
TIL: There’s an award for ‘Most Unhinged Person of the Year’ and we have an early front-runner.
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If there’s anything worth fighting for, it has to be our kids, right??
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We don’t hate anyone! You’re not discussing sexuality with 6 year olds. Period. No debate, no discussion.
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