July 25, 2001
You've got to hand it to the National Education Association. The
NEA's press people and spin artists know how to manipulate the news.
The NEA got widespread national publicity by announcing on
Independence Day that it was withdrawing its controversial proposed
"New B" resolution regarding "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender
Education." Parents concluded they could relax in the assurance that
their darlings would not be exploited with such teaching in the
But not so fast. It was all smoke and mirrors. The 10,000
delegates assembled in this year's annual convention in Los Angeles
quietly adopted at least ten separate resolutions that add up to
substantially the same subject matter as the withdrawn New B.
This episode began when it leaked out that the NEA planned to
adopt an in-your-face resolution demanding that the gay rights agenda
be incorporated into everything from school curricula to teacher
hiring. For the first time, there was revolt in the ranks of the NEA's
2.3 million teachers, and the Oklahoma affiliate publicly opposed it.
Tennessee delegates asked for a vote on New Business Item 59 that
read: "The NEA shall hold its affiliates harmless, for a period of
five years, for any loss of dues revenue related to loss of membership
beginning with the 2001-2002 membership year if Resolution New B is
These delegates explained the rationale behind this item: "A
significant number of NEA affiliates experienced membership losses
related to [last year's] passage of Resolution B-9. Most of them have
not recovered their losses," and we "believe that we will experience an
equal or greater loss of membership if Resolution New B is passed."
So, the NEA leadership decided to make a public announcement that
the new controversial New B would not be brought to a vote. However,
NEA President Bob Chase assured the delegates that "in no way is NEA
backing away from dealing with the important issues raised by the
proposed Resolution. . . . Far from backing away from these issues,
this task force will expand the scope of the inquiry."
Chase's promise was confirmed when the NEA convention went ahead
and passed a dozen resolutions, mostly repeats from previous years,
affirming practically every point covered in the withdrawn New B.
Resolution B-7 calls for "acceptance" of "diversity," which is
defined to include "sexual orientation." It also calls for
"observances, programs, and curricula that accurately portray and
recognize the roles, contributions, cultures, and history of these
diverse groups and individuals."
B-9 calls for "plans, activities, and programs" that "increase
respect" and "acceptance" toward "gays, lesbians, bisexuals,
transgendered people." The resolution demands an end to "stereotyping"
based on "sexual orientation."
B-9 also calls for extending this policy to "curricula, textbooks,
resource and instructional materials, activities, etc." It demands
that we "integrate" into all curricula a portrayal of the roles of
"groups who have been underrepresented historically."
B-38 demands that we recognize different "family structures."
This includes recognizing "domestic partners."
B-40 and C-22 call for "comprehensive" education programs about
HIV/AIDS "as an integral part of the school curriculum." Integrating
subject matter in the curriculum means concealing it so that parents
cannot exempt their children from the class.
C-27 calls on the schools to "provide counseling services and
programs" for "students who are struggling with their sexual/gender
D-8 calls for hiring policies and practices that "include
provisions for the recruitment of a diverse teaching staff." Nobody is
fooled by this euphemism.
E-5 demands that "educational materials and activities should
accurately portray cultural diversity." There's that word diversity
F-1 puts the NEA on record in support of "affirmative action plans
and procedures that encourage active recruitment and employment of men
in underrepresented education categories . . . in order to overcome
past discrimination." This resolution includes "sexual orientation"
among other factors.
I-10 states that the NEA is committed to the achievement of a
"totally integrated society." This includes eliminating all "barriers"
based on "sexual orientation."
I-38 redundantly demands the "elimination of discrimination" based
on "sexual orientation." I-42 deplores hate-motivated violence based
on sexual orientation.
Other resolutions among the dozens that were passed at the 2001
Convention in Los Angeles reaffirmed all the radical policies the NEA
has endorsed in the past. They reveal the NEA's paranoid opposition to
school choice, homeschooling, and parental supervision of sex
Many were shocked this year when the District of Columbia City
Council proposed lowering the compulsory school age to age three. We
shouldn't have been shocked: the NEA convention delegates readopted
resolution B-1 calling for "programs in the public schools for children
from birth through age eight."