Hillbilly science v. left wing ideology

By Larry Sand
Parents, not the state, should decide what kind of education their children receive.  The anti-school choice crowd frequently manages to shoot themselves in the foot by making outlandish allegations. Almost a year ago, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten suggested that vouchers are “slightly more polite cousins of segregation.” At the same time, Katherine...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Cultural Marxism, Howard Zinn, Kyle Olson, Lance Izumi, Larry Sand, Neal McCluskey, Randi Weingarten, school choice, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, vouchers

The Wrong March

By Larry Sand
Despite America’s veer to the right in the recent election, Gramsci’s “long march through the institutions” goes on unimpeded. Antonio Gramsci, an early 20th Century Marxist, believed that it was most effective to spread revolutionary ideology slowly and incrementally. By doing it gradually, he thought that enough people would eventually be won over to Marxist...

TAGS: Cultural Marxism, global warming, Howard Zinn, Indoctrination, Kyle Olson, Larry Sand, National Education Association, teachers unions, United Teachers of Los Angeles

AFT’s Left Flank Infuriated over Clinton Endorsement

By Larry Sand
Union leftists are shocked! shocked! that the teacher union elite did not confer with them before anointing Hillary Clinton as Democratic presidential pick. The education and mainstream media were whooping it up last week after a cadre of teacher union members laid into the American Federation of Teachers for its endorsement of Hillary Clinton as...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel, EAG, Hillary Clinton, Kyle Olson, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, Reg Weaver, teachers union

The Shrinking Teacher Union Brand

By Larry Sand
Teachers unions are losing members, but stubbornly stick with the same old product. Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics informed us that in 2014 – for the second year in a row – that there are fewer unionized than non-unionized teachers in the U.S. The reasons for this are many: more right-to-work states,...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Bob Peterson, Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis, Kyle Olson, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Sweatshops, Walmart, TFA, Bart Simpson and Hams for Hanukkah

By Larry Sand
Teachers unions are busier than ever pointing fingers, forming loopy alliances and making embarrassing gaffes. A couple of weeks ago Massie Ritsch, assistant communications and outreach point man for Education Secretary Arne Duncan, left his job to take a similar position at Teach For America. And not a moment too soon! As I wrote last...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Arne Duncan, EAG, Kyle Olson, Larry Sand, Nick Gillespie, Randi Weingarten, Rick Hess, Teach For America, teachers union

California Federation of Teachers Boss Speaks Power to Troops

By Larry Sand
In a refreshingly candid speech, union leader minimizes bromides about “the children” and relentlessly bangs the class warfare drum. In his March 22nd state-of-the-union talk to the faithful, California Federation of Teachers president Josh Pechthalt made no bones about the ultimate mission of his union. Absent were the usual silly platitudes like “working together with...

TAGS: AFL-CIO, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, David Welch, Dean Vogel, Eli Broad, George Soros, Indoctrination, Josh Pechthalt, Koch Brothers, Kyle Olson, Larry Sand, Students Matter, teachers union, Vergara v California

Kudos to the California Federation of Teachers

By Larry Sand
Instead of the usual fake teacher union concerns about “the children,” CFT’s new straightforward video unequivocally touts class warfare and vilifies rich people. The California Teachers Association has been in the news a lot lately. In the early fall, it successfully fought to get Prop. 30 passed and to kill Prop. 32. These victories came...

TAGS: California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Dennis Van Roekel, Kyle Olson, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, teachers union, Troy Senik

Republicans and Conservatives Have Lost More Than Just an Election

By Larry Sand
Restoring a school system that has been hijacked by the left should be the nation’s highest priority. There have been endless post mortems following Barack Obama’s election victory over Mitt Romney last week. It has been posited that Romney lost because he wasn’t libertarian enough, not Tea Party enough, not socially conservative enough, didn’t reach...

TAGS: California Federation of Teachers, education, Kyle Olson, Larry Sand, National Education Association, teachers union

The Tragic Consequences of Social Justice Education

By Larry Sand
The president of the National Education Association continues to promote ideas that are anti-American and are turning our kids into progressive, anti-wealth, equality-obsessed robots. Last week, the drone-like National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel gave a talk at the annual gathering of the Nebraska State Education Association. He unleashed the same tired old class...

TAGS: Bill Ayers, Dennis Van Roekel, Kyle Olson, National Education Association, occupy movement, social justice

The Brazen Hypocrisy of the Teachers Unions

By Larry Sand
When teachers unions wear their duplicity like a bright red bandana, it shows the whole world what they really are about. Last week, New Jersey Education Association Executive Director Vincent Giordano, who makes over $500,000 a year in salary and assorted perks, shoved his foot in his mouth big time. Appearing on “New Jersey Capitol...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Chris Christie, Kyle Olson, National Education Association, Occupy Wall Street, school choice, teachers union