Teacher promotes truancy, student walk outs

Last week, I wrote about a News & Record article that failed to identify Todd Warren as a teacher with strong ties to the radical left.

This week, Mr. Warren, a teacher at Guilford Elementary School, has an idea about how to “practice non-compliance to build power and agency in ways that are clearly allied with our parents and benefit our students.”  His “creative” idea is to encourage truancy and activism by minors.

But I don’t blame Mr. Warren.

The Organize 2020 folks are getting desperate because their parent organization, the NC Association of Educators (NCAE), has been so ineffective.  Indeed, Mr. Warren seeks to build power and agency because NCAE officials squandered what little they had soon after Republicans became the majority in the General Assembly following the 2010 elections.

Anyway, let’s head to the Organize 2020 Facebook page for the details.

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One more thing.  It appears that he wrote this Facebook post during school hours.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

Reader Comments

  • Hey Terry! Thanks for posting! We should talk sometime- maybe do a YouTube discussion where we can lay out some of these issues. Are you a teacher? If I’m not in my school where I teach close to 600 kids a week, I’m talking with other teachers across the state and hearing their concerns. We are in a tough place- school budgets are being slashed, testing is increasing, childhood poverty is increasing, and educators are left out of the decisions that affect us and our students the most. The NC General Assembly, who is led by people with virtually no experience in education, set our budgets, standards, and laws about how much voice we have. I’m curious- do you disagree that we should have class size caps that are based in research? Do you not think that we should get our per pupil funding up to the national average? We are currently 48th in the nation. Do you think I’m wrong to want to set aside the issue of teacher pay (42nd in the nation) to instead focus on what our students need?

    • Terry Stoops

      Your issues are relevant, but your tactics are counterproductive.

  • What would you suggest? I’ve seen some in depth polling and a very large majority of people in NC, regardless of their political persuasion support public education. Our politicians, Democrat and Republican alike, know this. Why then, and I’m not being dramatic here, are we seeing public being dismantled before our very eyes? This is a problem beyond a simple electoral solution. It’s fine and well to discuss tactics, but I see on a daily basis how the underfunding of our schools hurts kids. We have lost teachers and assistants every year for at least the last three years running at my school. Classes are bursting at the seams. All the while testing and demands on teachers and students increase. Recently the NCGA saw fit to release A-F school report cards to show which schools are “failing.” What the report cards showed more than anything was the correlation between childhood poverty and academic achievement. Are schools now responsible for economic conditions also? You are critical of my suggestions, but what are yours? Come walk in our shoes a bit. Sit in on a kindergarten class with 25 kids. Eat lunch with a kid who might not get dinner. Wonder about his test scores. Watch as good people leave your profession because they aren’t supported to do the job well. Yes, my tactics might seem unorthodox to you, but when a game is being rigged against you, sometimes you have to play the pieces you have,