Woke teachers union boss Randi Weingarten has been blasted for re-tweeting a post saying ‘most parents don’t like culture wars’ – despite spearheading divisive school policies across the nation.
Weingarten’s policies, including pushing critical race theory in classrooms and enforcing strict pandemic rules, have sparked fury among many parents in recent years.
Her claim that parents are uninterested in ‘culture wars’ debates was seen by many as an attempt to dismiss concerns raised by parents over her politicized stances.
President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten, pictured, has come under fire for politicizing classroom policies in recent years
The teachers union chief sparked fury this week by claiming ‘most parents don’t like school culture wars’
The union chief caught the ire of parents and activists this week after she tweeted a TIME article with the headline: ‘Poll: Most Parents Don’t Like School Culture Wars’.
The poll referenced in the article was from Democratic pollsters Hart Research Associates, which found just one in five respondents felt that teachers promote wokeness in classrooms.
The article also referenced findings that two thirds of parents see the ‘culture wars’ as a distraction from education.
However, Weingarten’s use of the poll angered many, who feel her draconian Covid-19 policies, such as support for mandatory vaccination and rampant school closures, were far more of a distraction to education than culture debates.
‘Then stop politicizing education,’ education activist Corey DeAngelis said. ‘Parents don’t like how you fought to keep schools closed.’
Non-profit organization Americans for Public Trust said: ‘Most parents don’t like that you wrote @CDC’s guidance that kept schools closed.
‘Perhaps you should sit this one out’.
Parents rights campaigner Nicki Neily also replied: ‘Reality: Most Parents Don’t Like Teachers Unions Locking Their Kids Out of School.’
Weingarten earns more than $530,000 a year in her role, eight times the average salary of the 1.7 million pre-K through 12th grade teachers she leads
Education activist Corey DeAngelis and Mom’s for Liberty founder Tiffany Justice were among those who have criticised Weingarten, with Justice branding her an arsonist that pretends to be a firefighter’
Education activist Corey DeAngelis slammed the union boss for ‘politicizing education’ in recent years
Weingarten was appointed to her eighth term as president of the American Federation of Teachers last year.
She earns more than $530,000 a year in her role, eight times the average salary of the 1.7 million pre-K through 12th grade teachers she leads.
Weingarten has come under fire for supporting numerous policies in public schools that have angered parents, including strict enforcement of masking in schools.
She even demanded in 2022 that mask policies should only be lifted when there is ‘no transmission in schools’ whatsoever.
The union boss pushed back on re-opening schools post pandemic, while many disagreed with her union’s support of Critical Race Theory in classroom curriculums.
She also blamed politicians for turning America’s teachers into ‘social justice warriors’ during a town hall with President Biden’s Education Secretary last year.
‘Very few teachers thought that they were going into teaching to be social justice warriors,’ she said.
Weingarten then insisted that many teachers ‘can’t teach’ certain topics while acting as ‘masks police’ in classrooms.
Numerous parents and education activists criticized Weingarten’s tweet, with Americans for Public Trust telling her to ‘sit this one out’
Connor Boyack, president of libertarian think-tank Libertas, responded to her inflammatory tweet this week by noting the rapid rise in homeschooling in America
In a podcast appearance with radio host Rick Smith in April, Weingarten again came under fire after commenting on GOP policies on CRT and gender-identity issues.
‘This is propaganda, this is misinformation. this is the way in which wars start’, she said.
‘We’re not indoctrinating. We’re not grooming… What we’re doing is making sure we educate kids.
‘We keep them safe. We keep them welcome. And we teach them how to think, not what to think.’
Connor Boyack, president of libertarian think-tank Libertas, responded to Weingarten’s inflammatory tweet this week by blaming her for the rapid rise in homeschooling in America.
‘Perhaps this is why 60 percent of American parents want alternatives to public school now’, he said.
‘Could also be a reason why homeschooling has tripled in America.’
Mom’s for Liberty, a national education advocacy group, also responded by saying: ‘You started this Randi and now we are going to end it’.
Speaking to DailyMail.com last year, the group’s founder Tiffany Justice described the teacher’s union leader as ‘an arsonist that pretends to be a firefighter’.
‘Over and over she will say it’s political activists who are causing teachers to want to leave. That’s just nonsense. It’s the iron claw of woke projection driven by the unions.
‘The truth of the matter is that teachers’ unions have controlled the schools and the school boards for a very long time, and they can’t admit that they’re the ones on whose shoulders educational failure falls.’