Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, hasn’t given up on her quest for an apology from TIME magazine for its Nov. 3 cover “bashing teachers.” For those who missed it, this is Weingarten’s idea of teacher-bashing:
The fact that TIME made its story on teacher tenure its cover story wasn’t the magazine’s only offense; the publishers moved the article outside the magazine’s paywall to make it available free of charge to the general public.
Regardless of whether it was the image of the gavel and apple or the phrase “bad teacher” that enraged many educators, the article itself revolves around the ruling in Vergara v. California that struck down laws governing teacher tenure on the grounds that they violate California’s constitution, as well as the growing involvement of Silicon Valley tycoons in shaping educational policy.
Nevertheless, Weingarten maintains that TIME’s cover was a personal attack on teachers, which led to exchanges with Michael Brickman, national policy director at the Fordham Institute, and RiShawn Biddle, editor of DropoutNation.net. Here’s just a sample.