Idahoans angry about ed reform legislation previously slashed the state superintendent’s tires and visited his mother’s home in outrage. Now, some are attempting to recall Superintendent Tom Luna, and not all on their own time:
In a memo Friday, Luna said his office had received numerous inquiries and reports of teachers using their school email to coordinate political activities: proselytizing to students in the classroom and using pupils as couriers for political materials.
This is actually a little, uh, undramatic compared with some of the hype aimed at reformers like Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
At a speech in May, he poked fun at himself while showing some slides, saying, “I’m told that Darth Vader is really not that bad a guy compared to me.” Here’s him as Emperor Palpatine on protest signs, then him as … wait for it … Hitler.
Again, let’s compare bombastic rhetoric with the rather dull reality: Why are these people sensing the Dark Side?Ah, because Idaho recently decided to phase out teacher tenure, limited collective bargaining, and moved money from bonuses to classroom technology upgrades.
Big changes, to be sure, but do they really demand, as Daniels noted of his own state, “Students being given homework assignments [to] write lobbying letters, lot of notes sent home. Some teacher leaked the written question from our state assessment test…[because] it was alleged that we had jimmied up this question to infiltrate into the minds of our students that they ought to have private school choice.”
With all the talk about politicizing children, how ironic the loudest complainers, like the Madison protesters, don’t hesitate to use unwitting children to push their political agenda.