By Larry Sand
Just last week, the National Education Association released the results of a poll which finds that “55 percent of educators are thinking about leaving the profession earlier than they had planned.” The NEA claims this is due to the fact that teachers are “exhausted and exasperated” from Covid fallout and are “under an unprecedented level of strain.”
Needless to say, a majority of the ills that teachers are experiencing in their workplace can be traced back to the shutdown hysteria that gripped the nation starting in March 2020. And said hysteria – as it relates to schools – is primarily owned by the NEA and its partner in crime, the American Federation of Teachers, along with their bought-and-paid-for school boards.
In fact, a New York Post exposé revealed that AFT lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on – and even proposed language for – the agency’s school-reopening guidance released in February 2021.Quite obviously the lobbying paid off as, in at least two instances, language “suggestions” offered by the union were adopted nearly verbatim into the final text of the CDC document.” AFT senior director for health issues Kelly Trautner went so far as to describe the union as the CDC’s “thought partner” in an email.
Additionally, in September 2020, researchers Corey DeAngelis and Christos Makridis released the results of a study they spearheaded, which found that “school districts in places with stronger teachers’ unions are much less likely to offer full-time, in-person instruction this fall.” The authors stress that the results were remarkably consistent after controlling for differences in demographics, including age, race, population, political affiliation, household income, Covid cases, deaths per capita, etc.
The union could have admitted that they made a mistake by demanding the shutdowns, and that they unnecessarily scared the daylights out of millions of teachers and kids. But that would only happen in the Twilight Zone. Instead, the union is – yes, you guessed it – asking for higher salaries for teachers, more time to plan, less paperwork, etc. as a way to stave off a mass teacher exodus.
It must be acknowledged that the eternal union mantra of teachers being underpaid and overworked is a great myth.
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