Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, joins the conspiratorial mindset of Occupyisters, going so far as blaming Steve Jobs and Bill Gates for the troubles that teachers' unions are having. Never does she concede that perhaps part of the problem could be the suffocating, hide-bound institution that she and the CTU have helped create.
In this revealing interview with Carol Felsenthal of chicagomag.com, Lewis sheds light on her motivations nd the tone uncloaks a near frightening mind that sees class warfare and race as the central issue of the education debate (Carol's headlline).
She criticizes what she calls a lack of interest in addressing issues of poverty, as if there's not an anti-poverty program in sight; they all must have been snuffed about by the richest one-percent. She says:
The problem is that public education is the last of… any part of democracy in this country because rich people have bought everything. They bought access to the politicians, … to government, on a level that’s unprecedented…. When people talk about merit, what are they talking about? They’re talking about whether I like you or not; whether you are my friend…. Principals have the ability to hire, and they utilize [it] as a way of controlling people. They’ll say, “If you’re not happy here, you could always go here.” The fact is that unions are demonized because the people that really run this country would like nothing more than to have complete and total control over everything.
Which, I guess, explains those generous teacher pensions that are bankrupting the state. She should thank the one percent for those. I do, however, agree with her about the over-testing of children