President of the American Federation of Teachers Unions gets demolished on Reddit
Earlier today on the popular social news site Reddit, Randi Weingarten who is the President of the American Federation of Teachers Union, did an “AMA”. An “AMA” (or Ask Me Anything) is an open discussion thread where the Reddit community can ask the participant anything they want. Reddit is known for it’s strong liberal leaning, just a few months ago President Obama did an AMA which crashed the site and had it’s members gushing. It is common to have liberal politicians and public figures gain publicity through an AMA on Reddit.
So Randi was probably expecting a somewhat neutral/friendly crowd, she was wrong. The AMA gained thousands of comments almost all lambasting teachers unions and Randi for not answering questions like she promised. This was entirely unexpected due to the general leftist/progressive nature of Reddit. Here are some of the top comments from the Reddit community:
User snyben: Philadelphia public school teacher here. I worked in the school district my first year, and was laid off because of the union (PFT which is under the larger AFT umbrella). I now work in a charter school. The union’s argument was that if layoffs must occur, then they must proceed according to seniority. However, in my first year I saw teachers who would horrify any caring parent, most of whom were protected simply because they had managed to keep their jobs longer than 3 years. There were blatant racist comments, laziness to an extreme degree, rampant stupidity, and willful ignorance of any best practices for effective teaching. I’d say 50 percent of our 200 person staff was either incompetent or phoning it in. Why, then, did you advocate to fire me, a young and energetic Ivy League graduate, over some lazy racist bums making 100k to write math problems on the board and insult students?
User PatentAtty: On the one hand, most people in the private sector get job reviews, have little job security if they’re under-performing or do demonstrably bad work. Teachers in many areas, on the other hand, receive “tenure” after a few short years which makes removing similarly bad/under-performing teachers from their positions very difficult and costly. As a result, the right points to this issue as a leading cause for bad school performance (justifiably or not).