AFT President Randi Weingarten Criticized for Saying "Remote Education Didn't Work" amid Pandemic Pushback

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American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten was criticized on Sunday for saying "remote education didn't work" and for emphasizing the importance of "relationships" and building trust.

"What we have seen in public education is that technology can't replace teachers. Remote education didn't work, in part because you have to have relationships. You have to build trust," she wrote in a tweet on Friday.

The American Federation for Children's Corey DeAngelis reacted to Weingarten's tweet on Saturday and said "you fought to keep schools closed." Several others called out Weingarten for "forcing" remote education during the pandemic.

Weingarten recently called out critics who blamed her for school closings in a letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal. She was responding to a piece written by the Journal's editorial board headlined, "Randi Weingarten Flunks the Pandemic."

"No teacher I know enjoyed remote and hybrid learning—which, pre-pandemic, was championed by Betsy DeVos," Weingarten wrote, blaming the Trump administration. "Not one teacher relished teaching art class via Zoom to 40 pupils, 20 of them in a classroom and 20 at home."

"Remote education can work, for some. It may not have worked here because you forced 1000s, if not millions, of students and families to adopt remote against their will," Jeremy Cady, the state director for American's For Prosperity Missouri said.

Chief economist at the Pelican Institute for Public Policy and former associate director for economic policy of the Office of Management and Budget Vance Ginn advocated for school choice in response to Weingarten's tweet.

"Forcing one mode of education on students and teachers clearly doesn't work," he said.

Radio host and director of the Independent Women’s Network and the Independent Women's Forum Center for Progress and Innovation Julie Gunlock called out Weingarten for her emphasis on "building trust."... (Read more)