The American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second-largest teachers union, and its leader, Randi Weingarten, set out Sunday to “debunk” the myth that teachers unions are standing in the way of in-person learning in much of the country. While Weingarten claimed more “space” and “more teachers” are necessary for classrooms to reopen fully, the AFT’s social media swiped back at a Wall Street Journal op-ed blaming unions for being anti-science.
The AFT tweeted Sunday that “Teachers, staff, and the unions behind them are not a barrier to schools reopening,” in contrast to the WSJ column that noted, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that schools are not hotbeds of coronavirus transmission and that in-person learning can be accomplished with basic safety measures designed to halt the virus’ spread.
Instead, the AFT insisted, they are a barrier between students at “Republican talking points.”
“Teachers, staff, and the unions behind them are not a barrier to schools reopening.