Back in the summer, which seems like years ago after the second week of school, I heard Ed Schultz speaking with Randi Weingarten on his radio show and felt terribly discouraged that guys like him never seemed to know what's really going on. He was treating Weingarten like she was Caeser Chavez, a true champion of the people when in fact her reputation as a sell out and collaborator with the "reform" class is well documented.
Fast Forward to 4 days of Chicago Teachers walking the picket line and standing up to Rahmbo Emanuel another lapdog of the billionaire "reformer" crowd as he tries to cram his lameass, racist, elitist agenda down the throats of Chicago's Teachers, parents and students. On Thursday I was able to catch Big Eddie signing off and here is what I heard : It's about people thinking they are going to make a buck off every kid in a public school. It's all about privatization and charter schools and the best way to make them happen is to GET RID OF THE TEACHER'S UNIONS.
I was holding my line in the afternoon traffic on the 290 headed towards downtown but when the skies opened and I heard that 300 pound redheaded angel sing I was tempted to veer towards Niagara Falls and bet everything I could scrape together at the casino. It felt like a lucky day. A national voice of both radio and TV, one who has the clout we need to expose the misdeeds of the "reformer" class , their shoddy educational products, their condescending and outrageously unqualified self insertion into an equation they know nothing about, their drooling greed all got up like a hooker for Sunday services in the guise of deep concern for the welfare of "the children." We have now at least ONE talking head who has the correct script in front of him. And until our courageous and dedicated brothers and sisters of CTU said Enough is Enough, we had nobody.
Thank you Karen Lewis, thank you Michelle Strater Gunderson for your front line reportage on Facebook, thank you Chicago Parents for your understanding and your sacrifice because you get it and you know this is for your kids. It's been a while since I felt proud of this profession because we've been on the defensive while the Broads, the Gates and Rhees and Emanuels have had things their way. But their billions and their slimy Democrat co conspirators couldn't undermine the message of this job action. "Ed Reform" is neither in its current state. It's a mask behind which the well connected and the well moneyed seek to make a profit off education while pretending they care about the kids whose education they want to outsource to a bunch who employ poorly trained, overworked and incompetent zombies who do what they're told because they fear getting fired all for the sake of making another buck.