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Dave Grohl Slams Donald Trump For Pushing To Reopen Schools In Passionate Essay: 'Teachers Want To Teach, Not Die'

Dave Grohl slams Donald trump in pro-teacher essay

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is fighting for teachers!

As Donald Trump and his carnival of an administration push for schools to reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the rocker took a stand for the American educators who would have to put their health on the line.

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In a new audio episode of his Dave’s True Stories series, titled “In Defense of Our Teachers,” the Best of You singer said:

“America’s teachers are caught in a trap set by indecisive and conflicting sectors of failed leadership that have never been in their position and can’t possibly relate to the unique challenges they face.” 

The nearly 9-minute clip is the spoken-word version of an essay Grohl penned for The Atlantic on Tuesday, in which he shared his mother’s sacrifices as a public school teacher and advocated for the continuation of remote learning in order to protect “career teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, nurses, janitors” and other school staff.

Slamming Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, he said:

“I wouldn’t trust the U.S. Secretary of Percussion to tell me how to play ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ if they’d never sat behind a drum set. So why should any teacher trust Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to tell them how to teach without her ever having sat at the head of a class. Maybe she should switch to the drums.”

While the rocker admitted there were “complications” and “logistical” problems that came with the “inconvenient, hopefully temporary solution” of teaching kids from home, he explained that schools don’t have access to the right resources needed to keep students and faculty healthy amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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He argued:

“Until you’ve spent countless days in a classroom devoting your time and energy to becoming that lifelong mentor to generations of otherwise disengaged students, you must listen to those who have… Teachers want to teach, not die. And we should support and protect them like the national treasures that they are. For without them, where would we be? May we show these tireless altruists a little altruism in return… I would for my favorite teacher. Wouldn’t you?”


The essay is a continuation of an Instagram page and Medium blog that Grohl launched in March, which contains personal stories about his family, youth, and experiences with other famous musicians.

What do U think? Read “In Defense of Our Teachers” HERE or listen to the audio version (below).

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Jul 22, 2020 14:52pm PDT