Not everyone liked my education special "Stupid in America". I got angry emails, accusing me of "union bashing" and "teacher bashing".
Tonight on FBN, I'll revisit the subject. We'll show more of the exciting things happening in charter schools, where students told us "learning is fun" and reading is "rockin' awesome".
Politically incorrect educator Ben Chavis is back. He raised test stores, but insists on strict discipline. He'll debate former union leader turned charter school director A.J. Duffy and Steve Brill, author of "Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools"
Just 6 years ago, when I first did a "Stupid in America" show, unions were so outraged that I would dare challenge their rules that hundreds of them showed up outside my office to scream at me. Teachers union president Randi Weingarten stood on the street with a megaphone and screamed that because of my show, "Teachers all across the country feel they've been kicked in the teeth. "
She was upset that I called K-12 education a government monopoly. I don't think she'd ever even heard the system called a monopoly. When I interviewed her about it, she replied that people who say that "... don't like children."
And yet, now, just a few years later, lots of people call the current system a government monopoly, and millions of kids escape it via charter schools or vouchers. 18 school districts now have more than 20 percent of their kids enrolled in charter schools. Six have more than 30 percent and when Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans, the city replaced most of its schools with non-union charters.