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Education Reporter
NUMBER 307 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS AUGUST 2011

Education Briefs 
The NEA has joined forces with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for a social justice and anti-bullying campaign. The mission is to "ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone," but it's hard not to wonder if this is a joke. Bloggers had a field day compiling video clips showcasing WWE's misogynistic and not-so-tolerant representations of women and homosexuals juxtaposed with the campaign slogan "Be a STAR," which stands for "Show Tolerance and Respect." (aaeteachers.org, 6-24-11)

As usual, many of the NEA convention business items clearly demonstrated that its leaders have a far-left agenda that has nothing to do with improving education. Delegates voted to support amnesty for illegal immigrants (through the DREAM Act) and government-run healthcare. Delegates also asked the executive committee to consider throwing NEA support behind radical Van Jones' "Rebuild the Dream" campaign and the leftwing group moveon.org.

A few thousand teachers and supporters gathered near the White House on July 30th for a "Save Our Schools" march to protest test-based accountability and "to organize and reclaim control of our schools." Reclaim for who?, asked union watchdog Mike Antonucci, noting supporters included the usual suspects. "The rally has called upon noted school classroom teachers such as Matt Damon, Richard Dreyfuss, Jon Stewart. as well as the usual parent organizations, such as the Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women, and 56 labor unions," he said. (eaionline.com, 7-28-11; edweek.org, 7-30-11)

A recent survey found that 60% of college freshman in 2009 rated their intellectual ability as "above average" compared with 39% in 1966. Study authors say intellectual confidence was likely bolstered by grade inflation; in 1966, only 19% said they earned an A or A-minus average in high school, versus 48% in 2009. "It's not just confidence," said researcher Jean Twenge, "It's overconfidence." (boston.com, 6-17-11)

August 2011 Education Reporter
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