CTU President Karen Lewis laughs about lying to parents, turning students into ‘hostages’





Kyle Olson

NEW YORK – Why is our government education system so dysfunctional? Perhaps because parents often don’t get the truth and administrators and teachers are constantly fighting each other.

That much can be discerned from the words of Karen Lewis, president of the radical Chicago Teachers Union.

Lewis appeared before the New York Collective of Radical Educators (an appropriate audience, to be sure) March 16 to give the keynote address at the group’s annual conference.

Lewis reminisced about her teaching days, when she would lie to parents when it came time to discuss their child’s performance. She then said – because of her lies – the student became her “hostage” who would do what she wanted.



Is this what parents want? Teachers lying to them about their children’s performance and behavior in school? Should the leader of one of the nation’s largest teachers unions be advocating such behavior?

Lewis also urged the attendees to make life difficult for their building principals.

“Do you have an insane principal?” she said, to laughs and clapping. “Anybody have an insane principal? Take ‘em out. What that means is remove them, by the way, Fox News … How do you do that? You organize to make their lives so miserable.”

Lewis is suggesting that educators should spend their time making the lives of their bosses miserable, apparently to the point where they choose to resign.

Is this the best use of teachers’ time and energy? Shouldn’t they be focused on helping kids learn and working with their principals to do what’s best for students?…

The article continues, with more video, at EAGnews.org

H/T Weasel Zippers


Update:  Welcome To Indoctrination University…Where Liberals Are Always Right

Dr. Deandre Poole, the vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, was teaching a class at Florida Atlantic University and told his students to write Jesus on a piece of paper and then place it on the ground and stomp on it. Notice he didn’t have them write Muhammad on that piece of paper, hmmm….I wonder why?

What he didn’t count on, and neither did the school, was that someone would have the temerity to actually have a problem with stomping on Jesus. That student, Ryan Rotela, complained. What did the school do? They told Ryan not to return to class, not to speak about this incident to other students and that he may face suspension. Then they backed the Democrat teacher

…In so many universities, what passes for open academic inquiry is often more like indoctrination. In the name of diversity, multiculturalism and tolerance, academics trash Western civilization and traditional moral values on the perverse rationale that those values are intolerant and thus undeserving of tolerance and favorable treatment.

…Liberals hold themselves out as open-minded, tolerant and supportive of academic inquiry, but many of them are contemptuous of views they reject. If you do not subscribe to the left’s views on politics, social science, religion, affirmative action, sexuality, etc., your views are not only not worthy of protection but deserving of scorn, ridicule and sometimes even punishment and recalibration.

But guess what. These tactics tend to work. No matter how many courageous conservatives fight back against the left’s intolerance and no matter how many black conservatives refuse to toe the liberal line that requires them to think like liberals — lest they cease being authentic blacks — more and more on the right are throwing in the towel instead of standing up for what they believe and facing ridicule and abuse from the left…

An excellent article at Flopping Aces.


But there’s good news:  Indiana school vouchers upheld by state supreme court

School choice supporters scored a massive win Tuesday: The Indiana Supreme Court put an end to teachers unions’ objections and upheld the state’s voucher program…

…At issue was whether school choice violates the U.S. Constitution by permitting public tax dollars to be spent at religious schools. The court’s unanimous opinion held that the vouchers are indeed constitutional…

Update 2: Florida’s governor “deeply disappointed,” demands investigation

Florida’s governor is jumping into the national controversy over a college professor who forced students to stomp on the name of Jesus, and he’s now calling for an official investigation into the matter…

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