A Cautionary Tale about the NEA
By Jerry A. Kane
In 1976 the National Education Association (NEA) decided to enter the political fray and endorse history’s greatest monster, presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, who promised to create the Department of Education. The anti-Semite delivered on his promise, and from then on the NEA has been endorsing progressive politicians and reengineering society.
The NEA gives 95 percent of its political contributions to the Democrat Party and, since Carter, has endorsed every Democrat presidential nominee.
“It’s fair to say that the Democrats would be nowhere without them. … [T]he NEA and AFT are the most effective union players out there, because they not only have the money and the muscle, they also have a positive public image from representing teachers that much of labor lacks.”—Larry J. Sabato, Director of the Center for Governmental Studies at the University of Virginia
The NEA’s purpose is not to educate; it’s to acquire enough power to effect change and transform society. In his farewell address at the organization’s annual meeting in July 2009, the NEA’s top hired gun Bob Chanin outlined the distinction for members:
“Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.
And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year, because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.
This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary, these are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights, and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay.”—Bob Chanin, top education lawyer for the National Education Association
NEA teachers do not “educate”; they indoctrinate, and basic-skills testing proves it. However, drops in reading, English, and math proficiencies are just the tip of the iceberg. The real problem lies with the students’ inability to think critically to perform complex reasoning and written communication skills.
Sure they can parrot rhetoric and information, but they can’t distinguish fact from opinion, effectively articulate an argument, or objectively review conflicting data. In other words, students can’t think for themselves about issues and ideas; they can only regurgitate the opinions, beliefs, and prejudices of others.
What’s worse is that most of the teachers can’t think for themselves either. The ones who won’t participate in their own exploitation are ostracized by their colleagues and targeted by the union for retribution.
The NEA is nothing more than a propaganda machine for progressivism, facilitating socialist notions of capitalist oppression, social justice, and victimhood solidarity.
For more on the story, see NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell.