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|NUMBER 127||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||AUGUST 1996|
|NEA Passes Usual Radical Resolutions|
|91% of NEA Delegates Endorse Clinton for President|
The nearly 9,000 delegates to the annual convention of the National Education Association passed their usual series of pro-big-spending, anti-parent, pro-feminist, and pro-gay-rights resolutions. Many resolutions put the NEA on record for federal funding to be "substantially increased."
The convention was held in Washington, D.C. over the Fourth of July weekend. The 2.2 million member union employs 550 staff members who work at the NEA headquarters in Washington and six regional offices.
The NEA wants to abolish "deleterious programs." This doesn't mean eliminating explicit sex education curricula or R-rated videos. It means eliminating such "detrimental" programs as "privatization, performance contracting, tax credits for tuition to private and parochial schools, voucher plans, and evaluations by private groups."
The attitude of the NEA toward any competition for public schools is indicated by the comment of delegate Richard Malizia of Union City, NJ, who told the press, "Privatization is a disease that rots school buildings." The NEA is now in court trying to kill state-approved voucher programs in Milwaukee and Cleveland.
Since the NEA is a union, its prime goal is not education but more jobs and more schools that require more tax funding. To create more jobs, the NEA not only supports "mandatory kindergarten with compulsory attendance," but also "early childhood education programs in the public schools for children from birth through age eight." This would not be simple baby-sitting; it would feature "diversity-based curricula and appropriate bias-free screening devices."
The NEA is adamantly opposed to home schooling unless the parents are licensed and use a curriculum approved by the state department of education. The NEA wants a say in how private schools are run as well. According to newly rewritten Resolution A-1, individuals should be free to choose private education only so long as the school is "accredited under uniform standards established by the appropriate agency in collaboration with the National Education Association and its affiliates."
The NEA swallowed a lot of bad PR and some loss of membership because of last year's resolution endorsing a Lesbian and Gay History Month, known as Resolution B-9. This year's convention omitted that one line, but continued to endorse all other gay-lesbian demands, including rewriting curriculum, textbooks, and activities.
The NEA's answer to the problem of teen pregnancy is not to teach abstinence or self-discipline, but to teach self-esteem, making sure that it is "anti-biased, culturally sensitive." The NEA also demands that schools set up "on-site child care services."
The NEA is enthusiastic about sex education so long as it includes "diversity of sexual orientation, incest, and sexual harassment." The NEA resolution follows the SIECUS-Planned Parenthood dogma that "it is the right of every individual [i.e., every child, without parental consent] to live in an environment [i.e., the school] of freely available information, knowledge, and wisdom [i.e., as defined by the school] about sexuality."
The NEA wants every child to have "direct and confidential [i.e., without parental knowledge or consent] access to comprehensive [i.e., K-12] health, social, and psychological programs and services [i.e., contraceptives]." The NEA wants guidance and counseling programs to be "integrated into the entire education system [i.e., so parents can't opt out their children] beginning at the prekindergarten level."
The NEA endorses all the trendy liberal fads: multicultural ed, global ed, AIDS ed, environmental ed, bilingual ed, self-esteem ed, suicide ed, and school based sex clinics. However, the some 300 resolutions passed by the convention made no mention of phonics education or teaching children to read.
The NEA is strongly on record as wanting to continue admitting illegal aliens into tax-supported public schools, even though this reduces the funds available to schoolchildren who are citizens. The California Teachers Association bitterly fought Proposition 187, which was overwhelmingly passed by the California voters in 1994, and is now trying to overturn it in the courts.
In recognition of the fact that semi-literate public school graduates must take high school courses all over again in college, the NEA went on record against denying taxpayer funds to college students enrolled in "remedial" courses.
In regard to accountability, the NEA resolutions make clear that the union "opposes standardized testing" and "the use of these tests to compare one student, staff member, school, or district with another." The NEA opposes "competency testing" as a condition of employment, evaluation, placement, ranking or promotion.