Arne Duncan, former United States Secretary of Education, thinks it’s a brilliant idea, but he didn’t come up with it. That honor goes to Peter Cunningham, former Assistant Secretary of Education under the Obama administration, who suggested that all of America’s parents pull their kids out of school “until we have better gun laws.”
Maybe it's time for America's 50 million school parents to simply pull their kids out of school until we have better gun laws.https://t.co/JCBYstcHEA
— Peter Cunningham (@PCunningham57) May 18, 2018
This is brilliant, and tragically necessary.
What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?
My family is all in if we can do this at scale.
Parents, will you please join us? https://t.co/Yo4wsFuJI5
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) May 18, 2018
Good to have such such distinguished educators settling on an end date for the school walk-out: “until we have better gun laws” and until gun laws are changed to keep children safe. C’mon, you can be more specific than that — what exactly is it you want?
And since we’re at it, maybe parents should pull their kids from school until schools implement additional safety measures to keep children safe, such as adding armed guards and limiting access to the school building.
Brilliant, and tragically necessary?
No it really isn't. https://t.co/6y4Gipnl7s
— EricEEE (@EEElverhoy) May 19, 2018
Breaking: Obama Education secretary comes out for homeschooling? https://t.co/0hZTWo2r1p
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) May 18, 2018
Former Secretary of Education comes out for compulsory home schooling: https://t.co/9M5ZMHAB9M
— varifrank (@varifrank) May 19, 2018
My children haven’t gone to public schools for 10 years. Nothing in the public schools has changed for the better in that time.
Maybe try a non-government solution for a change? https://t.co/6mFCbHKxwY
— EricKjosMO (@EricKjos) May 19, 2018
What?!? Take a poll of how many NRA supporters would love to see more on the homeschool route…. https://t.co/wB3YbkC2yZ
— Lisa Hutchinson (@Lis_Hutch) May 18, 2018
No liberals in school? They’re owning themselves at this point. https://t.co/1iEaAOzNua
— Andrew Magloughlin (@MagloughlinA) May 19, 2018
Who will watch the children of parents who cannot afford to miss work? Who will make up the lost class time? What kind of a privileged hot take is this? https://t.co/g1BZ1Guzbu
— Cecilia 'Trademarking All The Words' London (@authorclondon) May 19, 2018
We don’t know, but it looks like a lot of people are in, including the founder of Teach for America and the president of the American Federation of Teachers:
— Wendy Kopp (@wendykopp) May 19, 2018
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) May 19, 2018
People this may be an option!! All parents sign a pledge to keep their kids home in fall unless they are safe! You need a large movement to pull this off. Talk to the women’s movement people https://t.co/iZpvRS51RU
— S Persisting (@sewpersists) May 19, 2018
I’m in – let’s pick a date and start a movement no politician can ignore. https://t.co/bsGsHeShXQ
— Jim Manly (@jim_manly) May 18, 2018
— Efraín Martínez (@EfraMart13) May 18, 2018
But what if the kids are safer in school than they are at home in their neighborhoods? A few Democrat-run cities come to mind.
For many kids, school is the safest space they have. Safer than home. Safer than their neighborhood.
If they are no longer safe, a walkout like this has to be on the table until real and measurable progress is made to securing their safety.
— Mike “thoughts/prayers are NOT actions” MacEwan (@mike_macewan) May 18, 2018
As far as we know, neither the Women’s March nor MoveOn has thrown its support behind the national school walkout yet, but give it time.
Editor’s note: A typo in the headline has been fixed.
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 21, 2018