Randi's Pavlovian Response...
... To John Stossel's Lesson Plan
We never thought we'd say this, but there's much the NYC school system could actually learn from ABC's 20/20 reporter John Stossel.
Recently, Stossel ran a segment called "Stupid in America," (video) highlighting all the "nasty" things going on in our public schools, and challenging the system to finally face up to them.
But in one part of the segment, Stossel cornered UFT chief, Randi Weingarten, about the negative impact unions are having (video) on our children's education.
Needless to say, Randi was not so happy with Johnny. And predictably, she did what Randi does best; organized a demonstration outside his office to protest his treatment of teachers.
But here's the kicker: unlike the UFT, which has yet to refute any of Stossel's assertions, John Stossel came out and faced the angry mob himself - and in the process not only accepted an invitation to visit a NYC classroom (his previous request to visit was denied), but he also accepted an invitation to debate Randi.
And Stossel also notes:
Ironically, before I did "Stupid in America," the New York teachers union wanted to give me an award. The United Federation of Teachers' Social Studies Conference wrote: "Our organization, ATSS/UFT, would be proud to present you with the Hubert H. Humphrey Humanitarian Award for the outstanding work which you have done for social causes. ... Your development and generous sponsorship of In the Classroom Media provide students with the opportunity to enhance their civics education. This is the highest award that we can give to an individual. Past honorees have included Mario Cuomo, Shirley Chisholm, Charles Schumer, Dolores Huerta, Major Owens, Charles Rangel..." (click here to read more)