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February 05, 2021

Minnesota Mom Reveals Her Conversation With Minnesota (Democrat) State Senator About Why the Teachers Unions Are Denying Children an Education

Enraging.

@annbauerwriter I listened in on a zoom parents' mtg with a MN (DFL) senator tonight. The topic was schools. I'm not going to name the district or the legislator; I was a guest and that's their business.

The thing I will tell you: However bad/sad/depressing I thought it would be, it was worse

Let me start by saying, this is a wealthy district. Maybe one of the top 5 in the state. The parents are almost all white professionals. To be honest, I almost discounted it. I thought, They're fine! I should be worrying about the families in real need.

Well, they're not fine.

There were parents who said they'd never seen their kids dark or hopeless or unhappy - and I believe it, their suburb is the Shangri-La of Minnesota - til last year. They described girls who hid in their rooms and cried and boys falling so far behind they might never catch up.

Over and over, because these were nice people, they acknowledged how lucky they are. They said they have money for tutors and electronics and they're worried about families that don't.

I believed them. They were measuring their situation against people with less. With nothing.

Still. What surprised me is how money didn't make this OK. These parents looked terrified. Two of the fathers cried; one turned off his video because he could not keep it together. Two of the mom had outbursts, and I couldn't blame them. Everything they said was true.

They said our state is way behind not just the world but the country, that we've denied children a decent education for a full year. They said their kids are not at risk for Covid; they pointed out that teachers are less likely to be infected in the classroom than the community.

They talked about suicidal kids, their own and others. They talked about promising athletes who couldn't play sports. They said their kids are being sacrificed.

Which is 100% true.

A teen who looked to be about 15 spoke. She was eloquent and dear and intensely respectful. She started sobbing halfway through and said she got to a place so dark she didn't know if she'd get out.

So the senator was in a tough spot. She was gracious. She thanked everyone.

Then, oh my God, this is true. She talked about the tradeoffs and the fact that 'other businesses' also had to deal with shutdowns. Someone reminded her that school wasn't supposed to be a business.

At this point she pivoted and for reasons I will never understand started talking about how she herself had to go to the Capitol because she was a public servant and there were "certain partisan senators" refusing to wear masks!

I screamed at this point. Luckily I was on mute.

She talked about variants and said twice that Mike Osterholm (our MN guy) was predicting a HUGE SURGE in cases in the next 6-14 weeks. She talked about how they were doing their best to keep everyone 'safe.'

I want to be clear. She was in an unwinnable spot and probably has no control over teachers unions, but again and again the rhetoric was around safety and infection, variants, systems. There was never a moment when the veil slipped and reality got its due.

The parents were remarkably controlled. They thanked her for her time and said they understood and promised to stay in touch. I left the meeting and sat there and I had to remind myself that I'm not suffering the way they are. For a minute, the horror was so great I forgot.

I really feel, tonight, like there is no way to get the train of public education going again. Like we're just deciding to throw away this generation of kids, like burned toast. There will be virtual committees and task forces assembled while they sit in their bedrooms alone.

My advice to every parent in MN tonight -- and remember I'm raw and on edge and probably not in my calmest state -- MOVE. Kids are going to in-person school in FL and TX and PA and MA. We're one of the few places that is this broken. Go. I would. But tell @GovTimWalz when you do.

Remember, the left loves TheScience(TM).

Check out this reaction from a "veteran teacher:"

@jencla63

I think this is an overreaction to be honest and Im pretty sure if our students and nation got through the Depression and WWII we can do this with the right attitude & support. I say this as a veteran high school teacher , mom of successful adults

What that tells me is that teachers know they are not necessary.

If in-person instruction isn't necessary, then I guess teachers are giving us the okay to just take the 100 best teachers and have them record video lessons, and we'll just play those video lessons for kids and fire the fucking teachers.

Right? They're saying we can do that then, right?

This is where this is going, I hope:

@RealMeganHunter

Replying to @annbauerwriter

My kids went to a 3-room country school and came.away w/ a fine education. Maybe parents need to start small community schools. I know I'm dreaming, but dang, the country that can do anything ought to figure out how to educate kids somehow, while not relying on govt.

Ann Bauer
@annbauerwriter

Then I would like my taxes back so I can allocate them to parent-run schools.

Of course, the Washington Examiner's editor Phil Klein blames the parents:

@philipaklein

The behavior of teachers' unions is enraging, but not surprising. What has surprised me is the passivity of parents. Many seem resigned to whatever officials decide. If they got mad and organized it would provide counter to unions that could force reopening of schools.

Remember, this is the same pathetic closet-masturbator who announced that being against lockdowns is "totally despicable," but he also blames parents for not opposing the teachers' unions locking down the schools.


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