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Fox & Friends: Political extortion? Teachers issue demands before returning to the classroom

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Fox & Friends | August 5, 2020

Last week, CER’s chief executive, Jeanne Allen, appeared on one of TV’s most popular morning shows, Fox and Friends, to discuss the issue that’s keeping every parent up at night right now: How their kids will be educated when schools reopen.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking about things like online learning and blended learning and personalized learning. You’re worried about outfitting your home with the latest technology and how to ensure that your children don’t fall behind. You may even be considering a microschool in your backyard, as one venture capitalist is doing.

These are the right questions to ask.

Unfortunately, teachers union have a different view. Rather than focusing on the needs of students, they’re leveraging a global pandemic to advance their own political agenda.

What does reopening a school have to do with cancelling rents and mortgages? Must the reopening of public schools compel the cancelling of private schools? To a small, militant group of union leaders, questions like these are what’s truly important.

Indeed, their so-called National Day of Resistance says it all: They’re interested more in resisting innovation and opportunity than in teaching and learning.

Make no mistake: Reopening schools is complicated. Yet one thing is clear: As Jeanne puts it, “Our kids have to be learning in any way, shape or form.”

Watch the full interview here.