Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee

Recently I was shown a video by Phil Williams from Channel 5 in Nashville. As I watched the recording of Larry Arnn and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, I became infuriated. This was not about charter schools or Hillsdale College. This was an attack on public schools, teachers and colleges of education.

Mr. Arnn has a clear disdain for public educators. “Anybody can do it.” He had zero confidence in colleges of education. “They are the dumbest part of every college” and “teachers are trained in the dumbest parts of the dumbest colleges in the country.” He claims public education enslaves students. “The heart of modern education is enslavement.” Arnn made unnecessary comments related to diversity. The public outcry has united Tennesseans from all corners of the state.

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J.C. Bowman is the executive director of Professional Educators of Tennessee, a nonpartisan teacher association headquartered in Nashville.

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