It’s not quite “earth shaking,” but we can be sure it caused a tremor at the National Education Association office in downtown D.C.
On Sept.27, President Obama admitted on NBC’s “Today” show that Washington, D.C.’s “struggling” public schools wouldn’t educate his daughters as well as the posh, private Sidwell Friends school they currently attend. That night, NBC Nightly News delivered the second half of a one-two punch at public education.
That night, as part of it’s “Education Nation” series, Brian Nightly News highlighted a comment from a young teacher at the meeting hosted the day before by NBC anchor Brian Williams. But unlike predictable calls for more government spending or blaming dysfunctional homes and neighborhoods, she spoke out about the damaging effects that teacher’s unions are having on the American education system.
“I think we don't understand tenure. I don't see a need for it. I don't need a piece of paper to tell me that I have to be hired each year. And I think as younger teachers we're seeing a lot of things we need and the union contract is getting in the way,” she said.
“I know that in the south
Acknowledging the importance of a teacher so publicly taking sides against her union, Williams said, “Whoa. So a new generation comes into education. She just goes over to that third rail and touches it. What do you think?”
Nightly News education correspondent Rehema Ellis responded, “It's a generational divide. These folks want to do their job, that's all they want to do. They get into the business of education to do what? Make money? No. They get in to teach kids. And to see kids learn. She's saying get out of my way, let me do my job.”
Kudos to Nightly News for offering airtime to a viewpoint antithetical to the liberal media’s worldview.