Don’t lay blame with AFT leader
Your article on the education reform documentary, “Waiting for Superman” (“Warming Up to U.S. Education Reform,” Sept. 19), points out that the film and the media have labeled Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), a “bulwark against reform.” It’s important to remember, however, that the AFT, under Weingarten’s leadership, is the only national teachers union that has been open to any degree to making systemic changes that support teachers and students. Only the AFT has been willing to negotiate modern-day agreements with school districts, as it did in Washington, D.C., that fairly hold teachers accountable for student performance while giving them the tools they need to improve.
We don’t always agree with everything that Weingarten espouses, and we hope that the AFT takes on a greater leadership role in education reform, but we believe it’s only fair to give her credit for being open to change — in contrast to the National Education Assn. — and for being willing to participate in debates around the film.
McGinity is co-managing director, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.
Daisy does homework with her dad in the background in “Waiting for Superman,” about the crisis in American schools.