Teachers Union Boss Jet-Sets to Ukraine to ‘Assess the Situation’ As U.S. Schools Struggle

Randi Weingarten LARPs as foreign policy diplomat while collapsed U.S. education system struggles to recover from prolonged COVID lockdowns.

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American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten was widely criticized for traipsing to Ukraine acting as a government diplomat while U.S. schools continue to struggle in the wake of prolonged COVID policies.

The group went “to offer solidarity and support in the face of relentless attacks that have forced hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee the country’s east,” according to a press release from the AFT.

“The AFT was invited by the Ukrainian teachers union, the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers, to bear witness and call attention to the effects on children, families and educators and the impact of Russia’s attacks on democracy and democratic institutions,” the press release explained.

Weingarten tweeted Monday that she was heading to the Ukraine border to “assess the situation.”

“Woke up this am to reports of disgusting Russian missile strikes in Kyiv, Lviv & other cities,” Weingarten tweeted Monday morning. “Heading to the border now to assess the situation. This Russian attempt to frighten civilians & the effect on children (who are learning online today) is why this [Ukraine flag emoji] trip is so important.”

While Weingarten is live-action role playing as a State Department diplomat paid for by union dues, the U.S. school system has been struggling for months in the wake of prolonged COVID lockdowns and other restrictive measures, which resulted in national student scores plummeting to the lowest level in decades.

From USAFacts.org:

The math scores of 9-year-olds nationwide dropped for the first time ever, accompanied by the largest average drop in reading scores since 1990, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The average scores for 9-year-old students in 2022 declined five points in reading and seven points in math compared with 2020, according to data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

These devastating figures likely explain why Weingarten’s wannabe-diplomat antics prompted widespread criticism on social media.

If Weingarten cared about American students almost as much as she appears to care about Ukrainian students, perhaps the U.S. education system would not be floundering as much as it is.


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