Marybeth Hicks

Rethinking Schools hopes to improve the quality of education with publications such as “Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word,” “Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World,” “Rethinking Columbus” (expanded second edition!) and “The Real Ebonics Debate” (why teachers need to acknowledge and understand Ebonics to teach English more effectively).

CORE’s agenda for change in the Chicago school system is leftist radicalism, but of course, it’s for the children.

4.) Chicago teachers are recruiting their students to join the picket lines. Using children to swell the appearance of your rallies and make a cheap political statement rather than go to work in good faith while your union and school officials hammer out a contract? Totes for the children.

5.) As Bob Chanin, former general counsel of the National Education Association said upon his retirement from the NEA in 2009, the central issue for teachers unions is power:

“Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children. And it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child,” Mr. Chanin said. “NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.”

For the children.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).