August 4, 1999
President Bill Clinton's earliest and most steadfast supporters,
the members of the National Education Association (NEA), met in Orlando
over the Fourth of July to pass their usual list of radical
resolutions. Unlike Party platforms, which are often consigned to the
circular file or even repudiated by the candidates, NEA resolutions
spell out the lobbying orders for the well-paid NEA staff.
To no one's surprise, the NEA passed strong resolutions demanding
that federal funding for public schools be "substantially increased"
and that all proposals for tuition tax credits or vouchers be
vehemently opposed. The NEA is so vindictively against private schools
that one resolution even opposes ever renting or selling a closed
public school building to a private school.
The NEA's hostility to nonpublic education is also manifest in its
demand that parents be licensed in order to homeschool and be permitted
to use only curricula approved by the state. And, when their
convention headliner, Hillary Clinton, included a kind word for charter
schools in her speech, she was greeted by stony silence.
Many of the NEA resolutions are written in a jargon that obscures
their real purpose. Let's give a glossary of what some of these terms
The NEA resolved bitterly against "censorship" and against
"extremist groups." To the NEA, "censorship" means any parental
criticism of public school curricula, and "extremists" are all those
who oppose the NEA agenda.
NEA resolutions support public school sex education that is
"sequential, pre-K through 12" (i.e., for 14 years) and "comprehensive"
(i.e., covering all types of sex including "diversity of sexual
orientation" and "universal precautions," i.e., demonstrations of
devices and explicit descriptions of all sex practices that do not
result in a live baby). This means teaching sex ed without regard for
moral principles, children's natural modesty about sex, the child's
latency period, or parental wishes.
NEA resolutions endorse school-based clinics available to "every"
child (i.e., without exception) on a "confidential" basis (i.e.,
without parental knowledge). The NEA wants these school clinics to
provide "services" (i.e., diagnosis, "intervention," and treatment),
"birth control" (with demonstrations), and "referrals" (i.e., to
The NEA resolutions strongly endorse an abundance of counseling
and "psychological programs" in the public schools. School counseling
means psychological testing and treatment by non-licensed
psychologists, all "confidential" (i.e., without parental consent).
NEA resolutions repeatedly affirm that some courses and concepts
must be "integrated" into, or made "an integral part" of, classroom
teaching. This integration doesn't have anything to do with race; it
means concealing controversial counseling and teaching (such as
instruction in "safe-sex" devices, AIDS education, and suicide
education) within various courses so parents can't discover it, object
to it, or remove their children from it.
The terms "sexual orientation" and "diversity," which is a code
word for the same thing, are used in more than a dozen resolutions.
They make it clear that the NEA endorses teaching the gay/lesbian
agenda in curricula, textbooks, activities, training programs, and
classroom presentations of role models.
The NEA endorses affirmative action, which means preferential
hiring of designated minorities. Gays and lesbians are one of the
NEA's most favored minorities.
The NEA endorses "early childhood education," i.e., giving the
public schools control over "all" children "from birth through age
eight." The NEA supports bilingual education, i.e., keeping immigrant
children speaking their native language instead of learning English.
Despite the many thousands of NEA members who are pro-life, an NEA
resolution endorses "reproductive freedom." This resolution empowers
the NEA lobbying staff to pressure Congress for legislation that uses
taxpayers' money to finance abortions.
NEA resolutions endorse all the feminist follies, including
Comparable Worth. This concept, which has been rejected by every
legislature and court that has considered it, is the radical feminists'
demand for government wage control based on a subjective system that
would raise the pay of women but freeze the pay of men.
Global education is a favorite of the NEA. This means teaching
that patriotism and sovereignty are bad while global governance is
good, that Americans should subordinate their customs and country to
foreign control, and that we should distribute U.S. wealth and
resources to the rest of the world.
The NEA urges schools to teach multiculturalism, i.e., teaching
that every other culture is superior to Western Judeo-Christian
civilization. The NEA endorses self-esteem, i.e., teaching students to
feel they are A-OK even when they don't learn anything.
The NEA resolutions demand that Congress pass a single-payer
health plan. That is a call for renewed lobbying for Clinton's
socialized health proposal that Americans rejected in 1994.
NEA resolutions urge their members to become "politically
involved." Look out! That's a directive to all teachers to use their
position and free time to work for NEA candidates and legislative