The NEA Union Stays the Leftwing Course|
The good news is, we were saved from the threat of
a mega-union running the public schools when delegates
to the National Education Association (NEA) convention this summer repudiated their own leadership by
voting down a merger with the American Federation of
Teachers (AFT). The bad news is that the NEA convention delegates then approved all the resolutions that
empower the NEA's highly-paid staff to lobby for
radical causes at Congress and the state legislatures.
The NEA supports early childhood education
programs in the public schools for "children from birth
through age eight." NEA members must be living on
another planet if they think the American people are
willing to put their babies in public schools starting at
The NEA wants schools to take on the responsibility
for providing daycare for preschoolers, which is primarily a jobs program for the union. The NEA supports
ratification of the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child, which would put supervision over
the raising of children in the hands of a committee of
A dozen or more of the NEA resolutions demand
"diversity," the code word for the gay rights agenda.
NEA resolutions demand diversity in sex education,
classroom curricula, school activities, and teacher
training and hiring.
The NEA wants homeschooling to be tolerated only
if the parents are "licensed by the appropriate state
education licensure agency" and use "a curriculum
approved by the state department of education." The
NEA would even forbid homeschooled students to
participate in any extracurricular activities in public
Numerous NEA resolutions oppose parental option
plans, tuition tax credits, and vouchers. The NEA is
paranoid about any competition for public schools.
Speaking of paranoia, NEA publications warn darkly
that there are at least 2,000 organizations "at the state,
local and national levels that attack public school
textbooks, courses, and teaching methods." The NEA
conducts an extensive program of "monitoring and
researching" so-called right-wing organizations because
the NEA regards academic freedom as a right of teachers, not parents.
NEA materials provide their members with full
instructions and guidance on counterattacking against
parents who dare to criticize public schools, their
curriculum, methodology, or failure. NEA members are
warned to be on guard against parents who question
public school use of values clarification, life/death
decision exercises, Whole Language, stories that include
negative attitudes toward parents or patriotism, witchcraft, the occult, or privacy-invading exercises.
The NEA position about sex education is explicit.
The school must be the ultimate authority and must
assert its right to put children of any age "in an environment of freely available information and knowledge
about sexuality," including birth control, incest, AIDS,
and "diversity of sexual orientation."
Anything But Phonics would be a good way to
describe the NEA resolutions about curriculum. The
NEA is more interested in filling up the classroom day
with bilingual education (the NEA opposes English as
our official language), multicultural and global ed
(which is an attack on patriotism and the American
culture), environmental ed (which is usually propaganda
for the redistribution of U.S. wealth to Third World
regimes), suicide ed, and "guidance and counseling"
integrated into all subjects.
NEA resolutions support the entire feminist agenda,
including the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion
without any restriction or regulation, Comparable Worth
(defined as rejecting "market value" as the basis for
salaries), gender-free (i.e., non-traditional) career
awareness, revising textbooks with "nonsexist" language, and ratification of the United Nations Convention on Discrimination Against Women.
The NEA resolutions endorse a wide variety of
leftwing causes unrelated to education. These include
passage of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act
(ENDA), affirmative action (especially for sexual
orientation), nationalized health care, statehood for the
District of Columbia, banning capital punishment,
providing schooling and other taxpayer benefits to
illegal aliens, allowing the National Endowment for the
Arts full freedom to award taxpayers' money to indecent "art," opposition to a moment of silence in public
schools, support of the International Criminal Court,
more money for the United Nations, and a national
holiday honoring Cesar Chavez.
NEA convention speakers boasted about the defeat
of the Paycheck Protection initiative in California in
June, which would have required written consent from
state employees before their salaries would be subject
to a union checkoff for political purposes. One speaker
called the NEA victory "a political miracle," but the
real explanation is that the unions spent $30 million to
defeat the proposition.
There's no denying the NEA's political clout: the
NEA-PAC ranks among the top ten of 4,000 political
action committees in receipts and expenditures. Campaign cash funneled to Democratic candidates from the
National Education Association and the American
Federation of Teachers unions, from 1993 to 1998,
totaled the staggering amount of $11,176,749.00!
And what about the second biggest teachers union?
When Bill Clinton spoke to the AFT convention in
July, AFT President Sandra Feldman announced to the
delegates: "He is America's No. 1 teacher . . . we are all
NEA Adopts Feminist 'Action Plan'
The 1998 NEA Convention adopted the feminist
"Action Plan for Equity." The plan calls for "the
realization of equal rights for women and men." It
instructs union members to lobby their Congressmen,
join coalitions, and provide support for groups involved
in civil rights litigation in order to achieve NEA goals.
The goals include electing candidates who support
the NEA's legislative agenda, ensuring abortion on
demand, securing the reintroduction and ratification of
the Equal Rights Amendment, and securing ratification
of international conventions that "advance equity in
The plan provides for "women's leadership training
workshops and grants" to state affiliates for the purpose
of "developing a cadre of effective multicultural
women leaders who are ready and able to assume
elective and appointive office in the Association. It
vows to "promote methods such as textbook evaluation,
revision for inclusive curricula, and instructional
delivery systems" to ensure "equity in education."
The NEA's 1998 Lobbying Agenda
- Early childhood development and education services
by certified personnel for all children.
- Creation and maintenance of a national database on
early childhood care and education programs.
- Federal programs to enhance school-based health
- Establishment and funding of programs to support safe,
quality medical practices provided by professional/
certified school nurses.
- Partnerships of public schools/postsecondary education
with government, labor, business, and community-based
groups in development and implementation of job
training and retraining programs.
- The addition of the Equal Rights Amendment to the
- Reproductive freedom without government intervention.
- Passage of ENDA, the Employment Nondiscrimination
Act, to make discrimination on the basis of sexual
- Effective integration of guidance and counseling into
the entire education experience.
- A tax supported, single-payer health care plan for all
residents of the U.S., its territories, and Puerto Rico.
- Bilingual education and affirmative action programs.
- Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
- A national holiday honoring Cesar Chavez.
- U.S. participation in and equitable financing of the
United Nations and related bodies.
- The establishment and maintenance of federal wilderness areas, recreation areas, refuge areas, and designated
local green areas.
- Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination
of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
- Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of
- Federal legislation to combat hate crimes, sexual
harassment and violence against individuals.
- Federal programs that provide public school educators
with resources and materials to combat the rising growth
of hate groups.
- Federal legislation that emphasizes the development of
multicultural/multilingual education programs in public
- Comprehensive, community-based drug and violence-prevention programs that link community resources with
schools, and integrate services involving education,
vocational and job skills training and placement, law
enforcement, health, mental health, community service,
- Direct federal assistance to enable public schools and
colleges to provide Internet access for their students and
Some NEA Resolutions Passed at the 1998 Convention
A-13. Federal Financial Support for Education. The
Association believes that funding for federal programs should
be substantially increased.
A-15. Financial Support of Public Education. Funds must
be provided for programs to alleviate race, gender, and sexual
orientation discrimination and to eliminate portrayal of race,
gender, and sexual orientation stereotypes in the public schools.
The Association opposes the use of public revenues for private,
parochial, or other nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools.
A-19. Undocumented Immigrants. The National Education
Association believes that, regardless of the immigration status
of students or their parents, every student has the right to a free
public education in an environment free from harassment.
A-28. Federally or State-Mandated Choice/Parental
Option Plans. The Association opposes federally or state-mandated choice or parental option plans.
A-29. Voucher Plans and Tuition Tax Credits. The
National Education Association believes that voucher plans and
tuition tax credits or funding formulas that have the same effect
-- under which pre-K through 12 nonpublic school education
is subsidized by tax monies -- undermine public education,
reduce the support needed to adequately fund public education,
and have the potential for racial, economic, and social segregation of children. The Association opposes all attempts to
establish and/or implement such plans.
B-1. Early Childhood Education. The National Education
Association supports early childhood education programs in the
public schools for children from birth through age eight. These
programs should be available to all children on an equal basis
and should include mandatory kindergarten with compulsory
B-6. Diversity. The National Education Association believes
that our diverse society enriches all individuals. Similarities
and differences among races, ethnicity, color, national origin,
language, geographic location, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, size, occupation, and marital,
parental, or economic status form the fabric of our society.
B-7. Racism, Sexism, and Sexual Orientation Discrimination. The National Education Association believes in the
equality of all individuals. Discrimination and stereotyping
based on such factors as race, gender, immigration status,
physical disabilities, ethnicity, occupation, and sexual orientation
must be eliminated. The Association also believes that plans,
activities, and programs for education employees, students,
parents, and the community should be developed to identify and
eliminate discrimination and stereotyping in all educational
settings. Such plans, activities, and programs must --
- Increase respect, understanding, acceptance, and sensitivity toward individuals and groups in a diverse society
composed of such groups as American Indians/Alaska
Natives, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Hispanics,
women, gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities
- Eliminate discrimination and stereotyping in the curriculum, textbooks, resource and instructional materials,
- Foster the use of nondiscriminatory, nonracist,
nonsexist and nonstereotypical language, resources, practices, and activities
- Offer positive and diverse role models in our society
including the recruitment, hiring, and promotion of diverse education employees in our public schools.
The Association encourages its affiliates to develop and
implement training programs on these matters.
B-28. Multicultural Education. The National Education
Association believes that the goal of multicultural education is
the recognition of individual and group differences and
similarities in order to reduce racism, ethnic prejudices, and
discrimination and to develop self-esteem as well as respect for
B-29. Global Education. The National Education Association
believes that global education increases respect for and
awareness of the earth and its people. Global education imparts
information about cultures and an appreciation of our interdependency in sharing the world's resources to meet mutual
B-31. Career Education. The career education concept must
be interwoven into the total educational system and needs to
include programs in gender-free career awareness.
B-35. Family Life Education. The Association believes that
education in these areas must be presented as part of an anti-biased, culturally-sensitive program.
B-36. Sex Education. The Association recognizes that the
public school must assume an increasingly important role in
providing the instruction. The Association also believes that to
facilitate the realization of human potential, it is the right of
every individual to live in an environment of freely available
information and knowledge about sexuality and encourages
affiliates and members to support appropriately established sex
education programs. Such programs should include information on sexual abstinence, birth control and family planning,
diversity of culture, diversity of sexual orientation, parenting
skills, prenatal care, sexually transmitted diseases, incest,
sexual abuse, sexual harassment.
B-37. AIDS Education. The National Education Association
believes that educational institutions should establish comprehensive acquired human immunodeficiency virus (AIDS) and
AIDS syndrome education programs as an integral part of the
B-39. Environmental Education. The Association urges the
development and improvement of educational programs that
will promote the concept of the interdependence of humanity
B-61. Internet Access. The National Education Association
believes that every classroom and school library/media center
should have toll-free, seamless, and equal access to the Internet.
B-67. Home Schooling. The National Education Association
believes that home schooling programs cannot provide the
student with a comprehensive education experience. When a
home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state
requirements. Instruction should be by persons who are
licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency,
and a curriculum approved by the state department of education
should be used. The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular
activities in the public schools.
C-1. Health Care for All Children. The National Education
Association believes that every child should have direct and
confidential access to comprehensive health care. The Association further believes that legislation should be adopted to
provide comprehensive health care to all children.
C-7. Child Care. The National Education Association
believes that all child care centers should be examined and
monitored on a continuous basis, and additional legislation
should be sought as necessary to maintain the highest quality
child care. The Association encourages school districts and
educational institutions to establish on-site child care for
preschoolers, students, the children of students, and the
children of staff members.
C-23. School Counseling Programs. The National Education Association believes that guidance and counseling programs should be integrated into the entire education system.
C-31. Suicide Prevention Programs. The National Education Association believes that suicide prevention programs
including prevention, intervention, and postvention must be
developed and implemented. The Association urges its affiliates to ensure that these programs are an integral part of the
E-9. Academic and Professional Freedom. The National
Education Association believes that academic freedom is
essential to the teaching profession. Academic freedom
includes the rights of teachers and learners to explore and
discuss divergent points of view. The Association further
believes that legislation and regulations that mandate or permit
the teaching of religious doctrines and/or groups that promote
antipublic education agendas violate both student and teacher
F-2. Pay Equity/Comparable Worth. The Association
supports all efforts to attain accurate and unbiased forms of job
evaluation and to raise the pay of those jobs that are presently
undervalued. The "market value" means of establishing pay
cannot be the final determinant of pay scales since it too
frequently reflects the race and sex bias in our society.
F-35. Employees with HIV/AIDS. The National Education
Association believes that education employees shall not be
fired, nonrenewed, suspended (with or without pay), transferred, or subjected to any other adverse employment action
solely because they have tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
(HIV/AIDS) antibody or have been diagnosed as having
H-6. National Health Care Policy. The Association
supports the adoption of a single-payer health care plan for all
residents of the United States, its territories, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Association will support health
care reform measures that move the United States closer to this
H-10. D.C. Statehood. The Association supports efforts to
achieve statehood for the District of Columbia.
I-3. International Court of Justice. The National Education Association recognizes that the International Court of
Justice is one instrument to resolve international disputes
peacefully. The Association urges participation by the United
States in deliberations before the court.
I-10. Human Rights. The Association condemns the practice
of capital punishment and believes that the alternative, life
imprisonment without parole, better protects the basic human
rights of all.
I-13. Family Planning. The National Education Association
supports family planning, including the right to reproductive
freedom. The Association further urges the implementation of
community-operated, school-based family planning clinics that
will provide intensive counseling by trained personnel.
I-18. Immigration. The Association opposes any immigration policy that denies human and/or civil rights or educational
opportunities to immigrants and their children regardless of
their immigration status.
I-22. Freedom of Creative Expression. The Association
supports the freedom of publicly funded agencies to exercise
judgment in the awarding of grants to individuals and organizations.
I-25. Human Relations in the School. The Association
calls for school recruitment and staffing policies that will
ensure culturally diverse school employees [and] appropriate
classroom and other student-related activities.
I-27. Freedom of Religion. The Association opposes any
federal legislation or mandate that would require school
districts to schedule a moment of silence. The Association
particularly opposes a moment of silence as a condition for
receiving federal funds.
I-46. English as the Official Language. The Association
believes that efforts to legislate English as the official language
disregard cultural pluralism; deprive those in need of education,
social services, and employment; and must be challenged.
I-49. Equal Opportunity for Women. The Association
supports an amendment to the U.S. Constitution (such as the
Equal Rights Amendment). The Association urges its affiliates
to support ratification of such an amendment. Personnel
policies must include family leave, maternity leave, paternity
leave, leave for adoption of a child, child-care leave, and
professional leave. The Association believes that sexism and
sex discrimination must be eliminated and endorses the use of