The California Federation of Teachers has produced a video that
one critic says amounts to "little more than big labor propaganda"
aimed at young students to further class warfare.
Written by union staffer Fred Glass, who makes nearly $140,000
annually, "Tax the Rich: An Animated Fair Tale" claims that the
rich became rich through tax cuts, loopholes and even tax
Olson of the Education Action Group Foundation (EAG) says
the animated video is packed with lies and over-the-top images.
"What really put it over the top for me was … the image of the
supposed rich guy standing on the scale, urinating on the people
down below him," Olson reports. "I thought that was such a cynical
image for big labor to portray to American people and to
Glass claims the video was never intended to be shown in
classrooms -- a claim Olson says is yet another lie.
"The teachers in California and around the country will run this
in … their social studies class or a history class or economics
class and treat it like it's the gospel, even though it's little
more than big labor propaganda," the EAGnews.org publisher
The video can be viewed on YouTube.
Analysts say better retention policies are needed to stop the
trend that's kicking nearly 50 percent of educators who begin
teaching careers out of the profession within five years.