An e-mail distributed by a Virginia teachers union encouraged members to bring politics into the classroom by wearing blue in support of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and simultaneously suggested that the union's voter registration efforts include those "you teach."
The Virginia Education Association (VEA) e-mail drew strong criticism Wednesday from elected Republican officials and some residents after the state Republican Party obtained a copy. The author of the e-mail conceded Wednesday that the e-mail should have been worded differently.The e-mail said teachers should wear blue Tuesday for "Obama Blue Day" and to "register two voters or talk to two people who may be on the fence/or a McCain supporter and sway them to become a Obama supporter."
But fear not. The teachers' union was simply misunderstood, says its president. And plus that they had a miserable turnout anyway, so that excuses them from any responsibility:
It was "certainly not the author's intent" to encourage teachers to recruit students for Mr. Obama, she also said. The reference to students stems from the union's long-standing, nonpartisan youth-registration efforts, she said.
She told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that participation in Tuesday's Obama Blue Day was "miserable" and that she herself had forgotten and worn red — the color representing Republicans.
Oh, well then. Never mind.
Teaching students (what) to think