In a deja vu moment hearkening the late 1950s and early 1960s, Democrats blocked the reformer Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, from entering a Washington, DC, school. The image of Democrats blocking the school entrance conjured images of the Civil Rights movement and racist Democrats in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia blocking Black students from entering schools.
And so we have another example of how the "progressive" Democrats push back against change that will serve everyone. Far from the false-flag narrative that Progressives and Democrats are hawking against Betsy DeVos, she champions an "all of the above" philosophy to education. She supports equal opportunity for all children in every venue of education: public, charter and private.
But because she opposes the stranglehold that the teachers unions have on urban schools, she is being demonized as anti-public school, which is not the case.
The teachers unions have ceased being about the classroom and have embraced their new role as a Progressive PAC. While teachers themselves are left to navigate a growing list of demands for data generation, the execution of differentiation of instruction for an impossible number of students and multiple discipline schemes - just for a single classroom, the teachers unions are too busy playing politics, inciting ideological division and promoting untruths about those who do not march lockstep in their political world.
Just like our health insurance and tax systems, our education system needs to be radically restructured and two major steps in the right direction is the expunging of teacher union dominance in urban schools and an abandonment of the "grade" system in deference to a modular curriculum where each child can learn at his or her own pace without the classroom catering to the lowest common denominator.