Randi Weingarten, one of the most powerful teachers union bosses in the U.S., was admonished Thursday on CNN for supporting school lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fox News has more.
CNN Senior Political Commentator Scott Jennings told off Weingarten in a conversation on school lockdowns and America’s Covid response.
“Speaking on behalf of millions of American parents,” Jennings said as he began what would be a lengthy rebuke of Weingarten’s pro-lockdown rhetoric.
“I had to teach them at home,” he added, referring to his four children. “My wife had to teach them at home. I am stunned at what you have said this week about your claiming to have wanted to reopen schools,” Jennings said, speaking directly to Weingarten…
“I think you’ll find that most parents believe you are the tip of the spear of school closures,” he said. “There are numerous statements you made over the summer of ’20 scaring people to death about the possibility of opening schools. And I hear no remorse whatsoever about the generational damage that’s been done to these kids.”
Jennings explained that two of his children need extra help in the classroom, and so were especially affected by Weingarten’s policies.
“I have two kids with learning differences. Do you know how hard it is for them to learn at home and not in a classroom that was designed for them? And for you to sit in front of Congress and the American people and say, oh, ‘I wanted to open up them the whole time’, I am shocked. I’m stunned. I’m stunned,” Jennings said again.
“And there are millions of parents who feel the exact same way,” he added.
Mainstream U.S. news channels taking union leaders to task over pandemic closures – is this a sign of the tide turning? Let’s hope so.
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