Student walkouts have been a hot topic lately and the media has been quick to swoon with round-the-clock coverage. There is no doubt that an important national conversation has been driven, at least in part, by the student activism on display in Parkland and nationally.
But what’s less talked about is the outside interest groups and prominent players in the Democratic Party that have funded and supported these high-profile walkouts and marches.
Some Parkland students have been so embraced by the media that they are now household names. Other Parkland students, who happen to hold different views, have been virtually ignored. And we already know that African American students have long been ignored on the issue of gun violence.
Now, imagine a day when these very same groups of political operatives, interest groups, and student leaders make school quality and student achievement their cause célèbre and students across America walk out of school in protest, not over gun control, but over school quality, low literacy rates, and the achievement gaps between white students and black and brown students.
Then imagine the media refusing to break away from constant coverage of these walkouts, where students hold up...