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LA Teacher's Union Boss: 'There Is No Such Thing As Learning Loss'

Cecily Myart-Cruz, the head of United Teachers Los Angeles, told Los Angeles Magazine that it doesn’t matter if children missed out on formal education during the pandemic because “there is no such thing as learning loss.”

Myart-Cruz – who is notorious for limiting Zoom classes during the pandemic to a maximum of four hours per day – said, “Our kids didn’t lose anything. It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience. They learned survival. They learned critical-thinking skills. They know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words insurrection and coup.”

Myart-Cruz has previously said that California Governor Gavin Newsom’s attempt to try to convince teacher’s unions to allow children to go back to school was “a recipe for propagating structural racism.”

Los Angeles Magazine reported, “As much of the rest of the state started bringing teachers and students back to campus full time, Myart-Cruz dug in, waiting until late April to only partly reopen for hybrid, part-time learning. When parents complained, pointing to the low incidence of COVID cases in schools that had fully reopened, Myart-Cruz dismissed their concerns as the product of their unexamined privilege.”

When Los Angeles Magazine asked Myart-Cruz about the potential for schools fully reopening in the fall, she said, “We will be going back to the table for that conversation.” While she claims the main goal “is getting back into schools as safe as possible,” she admits that the decision is also political. “Are there broader issues at play? Yes, there are,” she says. “Education is political. People don’t want to say that, but it is.”

Contrary to Myart-Cruz’s claims, a report by the global consulting firm McKinsey discusses the damage of learning loss, and how it can disproportionately harm minority students.

McKinsey estimates that “students, on average, started school about three months behind where we would expect them to be in mathematics.” Furthermore, “students of color were about three to five months behind in learning.”

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8 responses to “LA Teacher’s Union Boss: ‘There Is No Such Thing As Learning Loss’”

  1. DanceswithElephants1 says:

    Unions should not be allowed in Tax Payer funded organisations FULL STOP. Nor should these unions, funded by the tax payer, be able to lobby the government with my funds.
    Fact, there is such a thing as learning loss and tests are not racist. Change my mind. Lack of testing is racists as you are assuming that people of color cannot pass said tests, instead of working to ensure they can.
    I had mixed thoughts about teachers until the pandemic. Now I have little to NO respect. Defund the schools – homeschool. The world would be a much better place and your children would have your values, morality and learn to love to learn.

  2. Devilsgun says:

    Teacher’s unions are now nothing more than an assembly of mental molesters and vampires that drain and twist children into rabid, evil Wokefolk

  3. TheDarkworld says:

    Public schools teach you to do arbitrary tasks for minimal rewards at the behest of people you don’t like…. What does that sound like? 🤔

  4. James_Norred says:

    The public education system is one of our great blunders. Giving up the control to the government to educate our next generation is the fox minding the henhouse.

  5. James_Norred says:

    If enough sheep could grow a pair and resist, in numbers, we could change things, but the sheep are too scared of what the wolves will do to them; the shepherd is weak.

  6. James_Norred says:

    Unions create the power of many, and power creates corruption at the top; it’s the nature of human nature.

  7. UppityG says:

    Until unions for public sector jobs are outlawed, they will call the shots and poor parents will tell themselves that they can un-do the indoctrination of the schools they are forced to rely on. And the poor will continue to be indoctrinated that they are oppressed by an oppressor and they will stay in a constant state of agitation and indignation. And we will still be forced to pay for our schools to do that to them, training them to hate us.

    If that sounds like madness, it is.

  8. neilinda says:

    It seems like there is a business opportunity here.
    Putting kids back in ‘public schools’ – that are paid for by tax dollars – but where the curriculum continues to be controlled but teachers unions leaders that think like this should be cause for concern… and eventually other options.

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