Normal people who don’t have their heads filled with woke poison understand the simple fact that kids need to be in school. Digital learning modalities aren’t getting the job done, and that has been borne out since March. Furthermore, the science shows that schools – when they adhere to mask-wearing, social distancing, and other simple safety measures – are not significant vectors for the spread of the coronavirus. It is senseless and counterproductive to compound the dangers of the pandemic by putting an entire generation of schoolchildren in jeopardy of failing.
On the other hand – the insane hand – we have the Chicago Teacher’s Union, which gave us this morsel of madness on Sunday: “The push to reopen schools is rooted in sexism, racism, and misogyny.”
Well, in fairness, we’re sure the nutters who run the CTU believe that EVERYTHING is rooted in those evils, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise. We’re sure, if we cornered them with logic, they would be forced to admit that the push to close schools is also rooted in those things. As would be any conversation we had about it. Indeed, we’re sure the air we breathe is itself racist, sexist, and misogynistic.
By the way, aren’t “sexism” and “misogyny” basically synonymous?
In any event, the pushback on social media was intense.
“This might be the worst take I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Imagine if all of the time spent teaching #CriticalRaceTheory or other woke issues to high school students was instead dedicated to teaching basic construction, auto mechanic or excel skills?” wrote another. “How much more valuable would a high school diploma be?”
Another simply wrote: “Is this a real account? Wow.”
The teacher’s union ultimately backed down and deleted their highly-ratioed tweet, although we’ll point out that Twitter never bothered to slap a “disputed” tag on it the way they always rush to do for Trump’s writings. Of course they didn’t: Some assertions are beyond dispute, right? And when anyone accuses anyone of “racism,” Twitter knows better than to get involved. After all, such things are all about “lived experience,” and so forth, so no one can say boo.
“Fair enough. Complex issue. Requires nuance. And much more discussion. More important, the people the decision affects deserve more. So we’ll continue give them that,” the teacher’s union tweeted later. “Appreciate the feedback of those truly in the struggle.”
Haha. Those “truly in the struggle.” The rest of you can go suck a lemon.
By the way, our favorite reply to all of this came from Walter Olson: “1) There are no good-faith disagreements or mistakes about difficult, continually changing tradeoffs. If you’re not with us, you are purely evil. 2) Also, when things get back to normal, we’re going to be the ones teaching your kids.”
Snappy, clever, and horrifying. Good work, Walter.