President Joe Biden is in quite a conundrum. He’s ready to be the president who supposedly takes control of the pandemic in a way his predecessor could not, yet he’s beholden to the teachers’ union cartel.
Biden is paying the price for supporting the teachers’ unions which continue to push back against school reopenings, Fox News reported. While the president enjoys a 58% overall approval rating on COVID-19 response, only 42% approve of the job he’s doing returning to in-person learning.
The leftist media is doing everything it can to prop up their president. They had already laid the groundwork for him by hammering former President Donald Trump on his response to the coronavirus pandemic. This should create perfect conditions for Biden to be hailed a hero, and yet over a third of respondents disapprove of the way he’s handling school reopening.
Those numbers, taken from a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Feb. 11-14, reflect the administration’s ongoing reluctance to get the students back in the classrooms. Rather than following the science that finds no great risk of spreading COVID-19 in schools, Biden has backed off from his promise to reopen schools in his first 100 days — a fact even leftist mainstream media outlet USA Today acknowledged.
LIkely aware of the hit his approval numbers have taken with such a stance, Biden walked back comments previously made by his own White House press secretary. Jen Psaki told reporters that their goal was whittled down to 50% of schools open at least one day per week for the first 100 days. In a CNN townhall Tuesday, Biden said that was “not true” and was a “mistake in the communications” before promising to get nearly all elementary schools open.
Still, the teachers’ unions are making all sorts of unreasonable demands and the Biden administration appears to be caving. Many teachers refuse to return to work unless they receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which is currently being administered carefully based on the limited supply. Symone Sanders, spokeswoman for Vice President Kamal Harris, seemed to support their demands in a CNN interview.
CNN’s John Berman confronts VP spokeswoman Symone Sanders on the administration’s position about whether teachers should be vaccinated before kids go back to school: “It’s not a trick question”pic.twitter.com/FMhekdJQGR
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 17, 2021
Meanwhile, students are suffering the effects of extended closures. Parents in San Francisco are suing the school district because of the “alarming” numbers of children committing suicide, the Daily Wire reported. A similar trend occurred in Las Vegas and in Wisconsin.
Children need to be back in the classrooms. Parents agree it’s important, science agrees it’s safe. Why won’t the teachers’ unions, ostensibly full of professions whose job it is to care for and educate America’s youth, not go along with what’s best for the kids?
There are no clear answers except that unions are bloated politically-motivated behemoths. They aren’t interested in what’s best for the children or even what’s best for the teachers. They’re only interested in money and power — which is why they universally sidle up to the Democratic party.