After posting an article on the rise of homeschooling in America on social media on Sunday, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten got more than she bargained for.
“What’s driving the rise in homeschooling?” Weingarten asked on X, alongside an Axios article with the same title, which included experts attributing the rise to children in need of specialized services and the pandemic. Some X users, on the other hand, blamed Weingarten and the AFT’s education agenda.
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Colin Wright, an evolutionary biologist, posted a picture of a gender ideology lesson that is taught in public schools across the country. “I’ve identified the suspect,” he said. However, they believe that suspects should be able to identify themselves.”
Previously, the AFT advocated for the use of a pronoun card that included a question about whether the student wanted their parents to know about their pronouns.
The AFT has also collaborated with First Book, an organisation that distributes gender ideology education books to K-12 schools across the country. Hundreds of comments poured in, blaming Weingarten for parents abandoning the public school system.
“You are,” said Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief of Ricochet, a conservative news website, in response to the rise in homeschooling.
Ilya Shapiro, a constitutional expert at the Manhattan Institute, believes Weingarten is also to blame for the rise in support for school choice.
“The policies you’ve advocated, both Covid-related and not. Just as you are the driving force behind much of the increased support for school choice and educational freedom. “Congratulations!” he exclaimed.
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“The answer is in your mirror, rweingarten,” Townhall columnist Phil Holloway said after Weingarten disabled comments on her post. “Are you afraid of the responses you’ll receive?” “With the assistance of [former CDC director Rochelle Wilensky], you and the teacher unions sent public schools into a death spiral from which they may never recover,” he said.
Pastor Jesse Johnson of Immanuel Bible Church asked a similar question. “This tweet is ironic on multiple levels.” But here’s another example: a teacher who is widely regarded as the best in the country asks a question and then disables replies to prevent people from responding. “That sums up current pedagogy in public schools,” the pastor said.
A right-wing organisation retaliated by mocking Weingarten as a proponent of homeschooling. “In the United States, homeschooling is now the fastest-growing form of education.” Randi is still unaware that she is one of America’s greatest homeschool advocates,” Young Americans for Liberty stated. Ginny Gentles, the director of the Independent Women’s Forum, blamed an anti-parent agenda.
“What’s driving the rise in homeschooling?” she asked. With unions/activists pressuring school districts to create policies that assume parents are abusive, it’s time for families to find healthy and safe alternative education options, according to [Randi Weingarten].” Moms for Liberty attributed it to an increase in parents feeling marginalised as stakeholders in public education.
“Parents learned during covid that they can’t always trust schools to teach their children effectively or to respect their basic parental rights.” You closed schools, leaving many parents with few options. They are now confident that they can handle homeschooling. “We should be thanking you,” said the organisation. “Can’t believe she posted this unironically,” said Jeremy Redfern, press secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “The lack of introspection persists.”