Activist teachers and the #March4OurLives

Certain events really rile me. One is Hillary Clinton’s trashing much of the U.S. electorate while overseas in India. The other is last Sunday’s March for Our Lives.

I’m a conservative, and I don’t want to make common cause with the so-called “progressive” groups and individuals who bankrolled the campaign. I am sick and tired of the Parkland kids who seem to be enjoying their celebrity too much. In this post, I will focus on the role of activist teachers.

Judy Gunlock (what a name!) asks:

Considering that many public schools are helping to rally more kids to the cause and are even supplying school resources and personnel time to the effort, tax payers should ask: Is this an acceptable use of school funds? More importantly, why is a publicly funded school supporting one side of a very contentious and complex constitutional matter?

A taxpayer-funded school shouldn’t take sides on this issue.

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten

The article The Parkland Teens Fighting For Gun Control Have The Backing Of These Huge Organizing Groups notes that the American Federation of Teachers is organizing students:

The American Federation of Teachers, which helped bus students and parents to Tallahassee multiple times last week, are now assisting with the March for Our Lives rally. The federation’s president told BuzzFeed News that they are also helping support next month’s march as well as helping to shape the vision and mission for the group once the rally is over.

“There are a lot of people who know how to put on a march in Washington and we are here to help support the teens with that experience in terms of logistics and strategy but it’s still early and they have some time to figure that out,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told BuzzFeed News. “We will be here for that ‘oh sh** moment’ when they realize they need things like permits.”

After that, she says the goal is to carry that momentum until November — with some of the students already using the hashtag #VoteThemOut.

“We are also marching towards midterms,” she said, adding that the activists intend for gun control and student safety to be a major platform and key issue for voters in the midterm elections.

I’m a product of public schools and support public schools. I’m not into union-busting. The AFT’s activism, however, could be read as damned good justification for private schools or homeschooling. It’s not the role of teachers, particularly in taxpayer-funded public schools, to organize on behalf of one point of view.

So why is an ostensible fashion and beauty blogger writing about current events?  Most women’s fashion and beauty magazines support only liberal to leftist positions.  I subscribed to Allure and InStyle, as they had been apolitical, but didn’t renew once these magazines became political.  In my humble way, I’m trying to provide a counterweight to women’s fashion and beauty magazines.

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