Teachers Union Head: Students May Not Know Math, But They “Know the Words ‘Insurrection’ and ‘Coup’”


The president of a Los Angeles teachers’ union has responded to concerns that students may have experienced learning loss over the last year of pandemic-related school closures by insisting that while children may not have maintained math knowledge, they know the words “insurrection” and “coup.”

The public school system, under the strong influence of the politicized teachers’ unions, have long been accused of promoting partisan ideology that borders on the radical, and these comments certainly bolster that case.

Los Angeles Magazine interviewed United Teachers Los Angeles President Cecily Myart-Cruz in May at the close of the first full pandemic-era school year.

In the interview, the union leader claimed that there’s “no such thing as learning loss” and that students had simply gotten an education in “survival” and “resilience” instead.

Myart-Cruz’s union consistently demanded that schools remain closed even as pressure to reopen from lawmakers and parents reached fever pitch.

“Our kids didn’t lose anything,” she insisted. “It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience. They learned survival. They learned critical-thinking skills. They know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words insurrection and coup.”

It’s difficult to imagine that many parents would feel comfortable hearing the head honcho of their local teachers’ union dismissing concerns that students aren’t well-versed in basic elementary school math facts, but one also wonders how much students, many of whom were deprived of regular in-person classes as parents struggled to manage distance learning and earning an income, really do know the difference between a riot and a protest.

Myart-Cruz, however, also refuted the notion that her support for “police-free schools” was “radical.” She insisted it is not.

“It is not radical to ask for ethnic studies,” she said, as the magazine reported. “It is not radical to ask for childcare. It’s not radical to ask for police-free schools so that students don’t feel criminalized. That is not radical; that’s just fact.”

Calls to remove police from schools have increased over the last year and often coincide with views promoting the “defund the police” movement.

The city of Los Angeles, meanwhile, has been weighing calls to defund the police amid rising crime rates in the wake of the George Floyd protests last year.

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