The National Education Association (NEA) Spells Out Its Policies

Over the 4th of July weekend, the NEA held its annual convention in Washington D.C. and once again they showed the U.S. that they are not a force for educating our children, but a political lobbying group bent on taking money from taxpaying Americans and then giving that money to liberal politicians and far-left special interest groups.

They even went so far as to spell out their policies and not a single one of them has anything to do with teaching children how to read, write, do math, improve in science or understand history. They are all completely politcal and clearly show the NEA agenda as being one of indoctrination, especially when such indoctrination goes against the wishes of the parents, whom the NEA routinely ignore anyway.

From Phyllis Schlafly’s July 28, 2008 column at TownHall:

The NEA fiercely opposes any competition for public schools, such as vouchers, tuition tax credits, parental option plans, or public support of any kind to non-public schools. The NEA strongly opposes designating English as our official language even though such a designation is supported by more than 80 percent of Americans.

The NEA opposes home schooling unless children are taught by state-licensed teachers using a state-approved curriculum. The NEA wants to bar home-schooled students from participating in any extracurricular activities in public schools even though their parents pay school taxes, too.

The NEA wants many additional (job-creating) services and programs to be provided by public schools such as early childhood education (i.e., baby-sitting for preschoolers). NEA resolutions call for “programs in the public schools for children from birth through age 8,” and for “mandatory kindergarten with compulsory attendance.”

NEA resolutions include all the major feminist goals such as “the right to reproductive freedom” (i.e., abortion on demand); “comparable worth” (i.e., government control of wages according to feminist ideology rather than the free market); full funding for the feminist boondoggle called the Women’s Educational Equity Act; and “the use of nonsexist language,” i.e., censoring out all masculine words such as husband and father.

The NEA even urges its affiliates to work for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA was declared dead by the U.S. Supreme Court 26 years ago.

The NEA urges its members to offer “diverse role models” via the “hiring and promotion of diverse education employees in our public schools.” The NEA puts “domestic partnerships, civil unions, and marriage” on an equal footing.

The NEA wants every child, regardless of age, to have “direct and confidential access, without notification to parents, to comprehensive health education. That would include things such as learning how to use condoms for premarital sex, as well as social, and psychological programs and services.”

The NEA wants public schools to take over the physical and mental care of students through school clinics that provide services, diagnosis, treatment, family-planning counseling, and access to birth control methods “with instruction in their use.” Family planning clinics are called on to “provide intensive counseling.”

The NEA wants all sex-education courses, textbooks, curricula, instructional materials and activities to include indoctrination about sexual orientation and gender identification plus warnings about homophobia.

The NEA is very generous with taxpayer money spent on illegal immigrants. The NEA not only favors amnesty for illegal-immigrant students, but also in-state college tuition and financial aid to illegal-immigrant college students.

And yet American students in public schools continually lag behind other nations in terms of math and science. The NEA is just like their Socialist Dem peers in Congress. They are ignoring the important issues and pandering to a minority of far-left activists.

You can access the complete column on-line here:

The NEA Spells Out Its Policies
Phyllis Schlafly
TownHall.com
July 28, 2008

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