Skip to comments.Talkers and Doers: My Exchange with a Lawyer and Karen Lewis (Chicago Teachers Union)
Posted on 09/14/2012 9:05:03 AM PDT by PBRCat
Only a group with a different agenda than that of the genuine labor movement would take such a huge risk. Actually, from their standpoint one which advocates r-r-radical change it makes a peculiar kind of sense because it appears to demonstrate their intransigence. While stalwart militancy can be a valuable trait in a labor leader, mindless militancy of the sort on display among the top leaders of the CTU is dangerous. For too long the democratic left inside the AFT and elsewhere hasignored these risks. What animates this mindless militancy? It is the so-called social justice ideology propagated by a sectarian element in American schools of education and among their teacher graduates by individuals like Linda Darling-Hammond, Bill Ayers, Mike Klonsky, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Peter MacLaren and others. Thus, Karen Lewis, the new fist in the air fire brand president of the CTU in the words of her ally the Maoist education activist Mike Klonsky. Lewis recently traveled to Seattle not to discuss the tragedy of poor student outcomes in our nations schools but to rally the Shock Doctrine troops among the social justice crowd to take over the teachers union. Keep in mind that I put quotes around social justice because this crowds social justice ideology has nothing to do with the social justice agenda of the genuine labor movement or the civil rights movement. This is, instead, an agenda about gaining political power, not for the students and teachers of our blighted urban schools, but for the advocates of social justice and its allied ideas such as multiculturalism and identity politics.
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It is hard to choose sides in a pissing match between skunks. As a community/communist organizer Obama helped radicalize public education in Chicago and now the chickens have come home to roost.