By Mark Naison
When it came to education policy, Al Franken exemplified everything wrong with the Democratic Party. A tireless advocate for charter schools, Teach for America, and test-based evaluation of schools/teachers, Franken ignored the voices of public-school teachers in his state.
In order to become a credible opposition party and lead the country out the deep hole that Trump and the Republicans continue to dig, the Democrats Party must repudiate the neo-liberalism of most of its leaders and offer a future in which the voices of ordinary people count more than those of billionaires. The party must break with cynicism and follow a moral compass that rejects sexual harassment and refuses to countenance the demonizing of teachers and other members of the nation’s work force.
Al Franken demonstrated no capacity to do that. I won’t miss him at all.