Last week, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten tweeted the results of a poll of teachers showing “nearly 9 out of 10 respondents say schools have become too politicized.” As she put it, “AFT members were on the frontlines of the first wave of the pandemic, but in many ways the last year was even harder” due to “mask wars, culture wars, the war on truth, or the devastation in Uvalde.”
This has become a persistent theme for Weingarten. Just last month, in a press release titled “Educators are at a breaking point,” Weingarten said that “teaching has never been an easy job” but the added stress of “the injection of politics into our classrooms has done a real number on our educators.”
Weingarten’s laments about the politicization of education would be far easier to take seriously if she practiced what she preached. Instead, she routinely utilizes her perch atop America’s second-largest teachers union to opine on virtually every political topic imaginable.