The NEA has a lot of favor with the US Media, and therefore heavy power over public policy and public opinion because they claim to represent a majority of the feelings of American educators. The NEA recently adopted business items into their agenda and admitted they are now nothing more than a social justice group, demanding that public education discriminates against a large section of the country, leaving more jobs and resources for the foreign communities NEA represents.
That may be because so many teachers broke with the NEA, and now they have social justice warriors.
Recall that in 2016, Teachers were not supporting a leftist ideology with the NEA, according to a USA Today article:
“Despite early and eager endorsements of Clinton by both unions, the nation’s school teachers and other school workers contributed substantially to Trump’s Nov. 8 win.
How substantially? The union’s leader estimated that about one in five American Federation of Teachers (AFT) members who cast a ballot voted for Trump. Among the larger National Education Association (NEA), which comprises more than 3 million members, more than one in three who voted did so for the billionaire developer, early data show.”
ONE-THRID OF THE TEACHERS IN THE NEA VOTED FOR TRUMP, WHAT HAPPENED?
The NEA does not represent many actual educators and includes people who want to use public education as a platform for their social justice.
For people who study the left, the move to infiltrate our public schools is pretty simple and obvious. This latest agenda of the NEA demonstrates the function of the left, who can not win elections therefore they come up with complex and elaborate schemes to redirect money, treasure, and talent out of the public trust and into their hands for their exclusive use. Often they will scream “racism.” This is because they are being forced to steal from America because of “racism”.
The left claim to want to settle age-old grievances, from days of slavery, by discriminating against White students, white parents, and white school employees. The NEA demands that public education take its agenda seriously. That is called Institutional racism.
THE NEWLY ADOPTED NEA RACISM AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING:
The National Education Association, in coordination with national partners, NEA state and local affiliates, racial justice advocates, allies, and community activists, shall build powerful education communities and continue our work together to eradicate institutional racism in our public school system by:
1. Establishing a task force that identifies the criteria for safe, just, and equitable schools, including exploring the role of law enforcement in education.
The task force will:
- Create a clear vision for the NEA on what must be included to create safe, just, and equitable schools for all students;
- Craft an Association-wide plan in consultation with leaders of current police-free school movements, as well as successful police-free schools legislation across the country, to include developing common language, understanding historical and current student experiences, training and workshops, and opportunities to take collective action;
- Provide recommendations to amend the existing policy, including the NEA School Discipline and School-to-Prison Pipeline Policy Statement (2016), NEA Resolutions, the NEA Legislative Program, and any other related documents;
- Compile current data that documents the criminalization of Native students and students of color, the disparities inappropriate staffing with mental health professionals and caring educators, and provides analysis comparing the impact of on-site or community-based programs and personnel with the use of law enforcement on campuses;
- Inform the work identified in numbers two and three.
2. Supporting and leading campaigns that:
- Advocate for just funding formulas that remedy pervasive resource disparities based upon race, income, and geographic wealth patterns, and advocate for no-cost higher education;
- Reallocate funding to provide students with school-based, non-privatized, non-outsourced services to meet their social-emotional and mental health needs by;
- Achieving robust staffing levels, including appropriate class sizes, access to electives, art, librarians, ESPs, and appropriate Higher Education staffing levels;
- Training specific school personnel to be full-time restorative practice coordinators and providing all school employees with professional development around cultural responsiveness, implicit bias, anti-racism, trauma-informed practices, restorative justice practices, and other racial justice trainings;
- Training educators to lead on equity and racial justice, leveraging the Leaders for Just Schools curriculum and model;
- Hiring school-based mental health providers trained to provide culturally appropriate services, such as school counselors, nurses, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors and psychologists, and utilizing trauma-informed, restorative justice practices, meditation/peace centers, and other proven methods to address student health and well being.
In other words, they are purely social justice and being pushed by Community Organizers and Nongovernment Organizations (NGO) to remake public education without any input from the public. These are common tactics of the left. The public must understand who the members of the NEA are and who the group represents.
“Students, educators, workers, allies—we all have a home in our union,” according to the NEA, Union, website.
The National Association of Education claims they represent 3 million members, according to their website. According to recent studies, there are approximately 3.7 teachers in the United States, so people often get confused and believe all American teachers are a part of the NEA. That is not true; read the fine print:
“Our 3 million members bring their experiences working at every level of education to shape our organization and impact. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States. We bring the expertise, drive, and dedication of 3 million educators and allies to advancing justice and excellence in public education.
WHO ARE THEIR ALLIES?
The people called allies by the NEA who are counted in their membership totals are students studying education at all levels,
Community Organizing groups and Non Profits who live off of radicalizing communities.
“Community Allies are the friends, parents, and community members who believe that every student in America, regardless of family income or place of residence, deserves a quality education.
One of their partners, who count in their membership numbers, is an immigration group, who want easier access to free education for noncitizens:
“NEA has joined with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and more than 100 organizations from around the country to form the NILC DREAM Policy Table, which advances a policy agenda that makes the dream of becoming citizens of the U.S. and of attending university a reality for young people.”
So there you have it. The fight in the schools follows the tactics of Cultural marxism that has been wildly successful in the United States by infiltrating our public institutions and steering everything and everyone to the left.
The solution is to dismantle the NEA and all other NGOs’ power over our public, taxpayer-funded institutions.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776