The headline of a New York Times report published on its website on Wednesday was captured online on its headline making it appear that teachers across the country are content without teaching anything.
“Teachers are being careful to return to Classroom, and Online Instruction Too,” the heading read.
Alex Berenson, a former paper reporter and skeptic of coronavirus lockdowns, took a headline screengrab and tweeted, “Hey, at least they came out and said: we paid to do nothing.”
Coronavirus and government response has become a turning point on every side, and where you are placed on lockdowns, reopening of school and even wearing a mask can be an indicator of your political beliefs.
Conservatives have been critical of teachers̵7; unions and describe them as little more than an arm for the Democratic Party. These unions insist that the health of their teachers and students remains their highest priority.
The American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million school staff, issued a resolution on Tuesday saying it will support any local chapter that decides to bother to reopen plans.
Randi Weingarten, the union’s president, blasted President Trump for pressuring schools to reopen even as the virus continues to rise.
“We will fight in every way for the safety of our students and their educators,” Weingarten said. “But if the authorities do not protect the safety and health of those we represent and those we serve, as our executive council voted last week, nothing is off the table.”
The Times report said Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are both “trusted by many educators.”
The White House has repeatedly urged schools across the nation to reopen in the fall, warning that the consequences on children and parents outweigh the risks of the disease spreading.
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Berenson tweeted earlier this month, “I realize that teacher unions hate @realDonaldTrump much more than they care about children, but it would be wise to consider the consequences of the game they are playing here.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report