According to Fox News host Greg Gutfeld the fact that the union which represents American teachers is demanding that safety standards be in place before schools are reopened later this year is proof-positive that educators in the United States are corrupt, lazy, and incompetent.
During a discussion of the issue on Fox’s “The Five,” Wednesday, co-host Juan Williams asked:
“Often, we hear, you know, we say, “Oh, you know what? The police unions look out for the best interest of the police. Why is it that we would attack the teachers unions for looking out for the best interest of teachers?”
“Because they’re corrupt. They’re lazy. They’re incompetent. I don’t think it’s their fault though. Because I think the lack of competition has created this system where you now have a woeful generation of ambivalent educators. I know that’s a blanket statement but I’m talking about what I’m seeing with the teachers unions. I don’t think it was always like this.”
That wasn’t all Gutfeld had to say about the American educational system, which he seems to believe needs to be destroyed completely so it can be replaced with something else:
“So my feeling is, it is — It is time, it’s a perfect opportunity to destroy the system. According to Reason magazine, 27 states have introduced bills to expand programs to fund K through 12 — to fund the students instead of the institutions. And this is a really, really huge growing movement. And we already do this in other places, as Corey DeAngelis has pointed out. We already fund people directly with food stamps and Medicaid and Pell Grants and GI bills. It’s time to do it with K through 12.”
According to Gutfeld, we should give every student the money to go to whatever school he or she chooses, even though there is zero empirical evidence that such a plan would work they way he and other conservatives envision:
“I mean, you know, just pull it out of the schools and give it to the students. I mean, we don’t fund the grocery store. We fund the person buying the groceries. We give them the food stamps. So this is what — how we’ve got to treat education. We’ve got to empower the family because there’s a huge imbalance. There’s a power imbalance between the teachers unions and the families. And the only way to change that is to create competition by empowering the families to be able to spend their money — which they can get instead of the public schools — on something that actually helps their kids.”
What Gutfeld conveniently neglected to mention, however, is that the vast majority of the most brilliant individuals in every field — medicine, science, engineering, and the arts — are the products of the public education system. If that same system is so badly broken, how do we account for the success stories it produces?
Greg Gutfeld gets paid to sit on his ass and attack others. Any imbecile can do that. If he wants to see what real work is, he should leave Fox news and volunteer to teach for a year. Here’s betting he wouldn’t last more than a week.
Here’s the video from Fox News and Media Matters for America:
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