sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

February 19, 2011

Poster Teachers of Wisconsin

Filed under: education, politics — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 9:40 pm

This Wisconsin Labor Union protest video is making headlines under the title “Unbelievable: WI Teacher Urges Protesters to Shout Down CNN’s Difficult Question to Her:

Why, I find Nancy Riesch very believable.  CNN, on the other hand, unbelievably, acted more like Fox News in asking that question.

Nancy Riesch is a middle school band teacher.  It’s only band, I know, and classroom situations are different from CNN interviews, but I can’t help wondering how Ms. Riesch handles dissent in her classroom.  What does she do when students pose questions she doesn’t like?

UPDATE: Via Political Junkie Mom, Scott, your son is in my class:

The whole “I protect him” thing certainly sounds like a physical threat, but perhaps this teacher didn’t mean it this way, it’s just how it came out.  😦  I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.  Whichever way you look at this lady’s sign, it’s obviously intimidating to Scott Walker’s son.  I wonder how the boy feels about his teacher protesting his father, and the teacher should have had the good sense to live the boy out of it.  Just what kind of teachers do they have in Wisconsin public schools, and why are taxpayers asked to pay top dollar for their services?

Whatever the intended effect of this lady’s sign, I’m impressed that Scott Walker’s son is enrolled in a public school.  It sends the message that the governor of Wisconsin is confident that the quality of his son’s education will be compromised should the law he champions pass.  And keep in mind, that while our President supports the Wisconsin strike and public sector unions in general, his own two daughters are in a posh private school.



  1. “I’m not sure she can hear me.” ha ha ha

    Way to give that teacher a pass, hardhitting CNN lady.

    Thanks for this clip, it’s a good one.

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — February 20, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

  2. You are welcome. 🙂

    Comment by edgeofthesandbox — February 20, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

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