On August 5, 2010, there was a showing of Waiting for Superman at the KIPP: School Summit 2010.
Here are the comments of Howard Fuller during the panel discussion, on his view of teachers and unions, transcribed from a video available at the url noted below. [Other panelists were Cory Booker, Wendy Kopp and Mike Feinberg]
“The reality of it is, it is still, for so many of our kids, they are trapped in places where teachers are still telling them, I got mine, you’ve got to give yours, and my check is going to come whether you learn or not….”
“I don’t believe that this system can be changed from within. I don’t believe it. I think the only way we are going to do this, we have to create something radically different. And the issue isn’t that we don’t know what to do. The issue is … we don’t have the political will to do what must be done. And to be blunt, the unions are not the problem, but they are a big part of the problem. Because what they are doing is they are protecting the interests of adults over the needs and interests of our kids. [gets big applause.]
“I don’t have to worry about my conversation with Randi Weingarten, cause I ain’t having none. But I can tell you. [applause] I’m just saying, people like her, with all due respect, they are standing in the way of progress for our children. And these people believe, like one time George Wallace stood at the door trying to keep our kids from getting in, and people like her are standing at the door keeping our kids from getting out. And it is the same fundamental view. And until we confront these people, and quit talking to them like they really want to do so much for our kids, we are not getting anywhere.”
View Howard Fuller making these comments at: