But we believe the quote is fiction, and instead have an alternative explanation.
There it is in a nutshell. They "believe" the quote is fiction. They have not 1 shred of solid proof to back up their belief that the quote was fiction. None. Squat. Zero. Nada.
So, after all the gyrations you went through, all the cutting and pasting, and all the hoops you jumped through...you're back to exactly the same place you started. You cannot prove that Shanker did not say that. A lot of wasted energy, if you ask me.
Doesn't change the fact that a newspaper reported that he said it. Again, I don't see anywhere where Shanker ever denied saying it. Nowhere. Not one place did he ever...in spoken or written word...did he ever deny saying it. Maybe there's a plausible explaination for that....hmmm...let's think about that for a moment...OK, yeah, I know....maybe he actually said it!
Anyway, like I said above, it doesn't change the fact that teachers think so much of the students that they can "sick out", not show up for work, and go and protest. If it was really about the kids, they'd keep their opinions to themselves, go and do what they get paid for...you know, their jobs...and then after the school day, or during the weekend....they could go and protest...not during the school day.
They did the exact same thing here in WI. The teachers union called for a sick-out so the teachers could go downtown and protest...in direct violation of their contracts...for 4 days.
IMHO every single one of the teachers that walked off the job should have gotten a pink slip at the end of the school year. Hell, we all know the real UE rate is around %16...there's gotta be a lot of teachers looking for work. They could have filled all those positions in no time.