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If This Is Social Justice?

Should the history of America’s decline be written one day, front and center in the narrative explaining events will be America’s greedy, intransigent, protective-of-incompetence teachers unions. A prominent figure in the union movement is Karen Lewis ‘74, recently in the press as the leader of the 2012 teachers strike in Chicago. Tonight she will receive a social justice award at the College.

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I take the “(in absentia)” notation — one usually used to denote criminals who were tried despite not being in the custody of the court — to mean that Ms. Lewis will not be attending the awards ceremony. What a curious use of this phrase by the College’s copywriter.

As a public service the to Dartmouth community, we offer this video of Lewis speaking at the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference on October 1, 2011. (Warning: contains vulgarity, homophobic slurs about the Secretary of Education, references to drug use at Dartmouth, and other indecencies):

Addendum: As we noted in a previous post, according to a 2004 study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 39% of Chicago’s public school teachers send their kids to private schools.

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