The nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA), met for its annual convention in
Orlando, Florida, over the Fourth of July weekend. Some of
its radical resolutions are excerpted on pages 2 and 3 of this
Report. Because so many NEA resolutions are written in a
jargon that obscures their real purpose, here is a glossary to
explain what some terms really mean.
Affirmative action: preferential hiring of designated
minorities, including gays and lesbians.
Bilingual education: keeping immigrant children speaking
their native language instead of learning English.
Censorship: any criticism of curriculum by parents.
Comparable worth: the feminists' demand for government
wage control, using a subjective system that raises the pay of
women while freezing the pay of men.
Comprehensive health education: explicit sex ed, including teaching about sex of all types including "diversity of
sexual orientation," and demonstrating all sex devices
(disregarding moral teachings, children's natural modesty
about sex, the child's latency period, and parental consent).
Confidential: without parental knowledge.
Counseling: the practice of psychological testing and
treatment by non-licensed psychologists who have had
minimal training; often done in class as group therapy
without parental consent.
Diverse role models: openly gay teachers.
Diversity: teaching the gay/lesbian agenda.
Early childhood education: the public schools' demand for
control over all children "from birth to age eight," and
teaching them "diversity-based curricula."
Equal Rights Amendment: the feminists' amendment that
died in 1982; designed to put abortion funding and gay rights
in the U.S. Constitution.
Environmental education: teaching that humans must
serve the earth instead of vice versa; making Americans feel
guilty that our system has produced such prosperity; indoctrinating children to support more government regulation and
more foreign handouts; sometimes teaching earth worship
and often teaching population control.
Extremist: any activity that opposes the NEA agenda.
Global education: 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 around the world.
Integrated or integral part: concealing counseling and
controversial teaching (such as demonstrations of "safe-sex"
devices, AIDS education, and suicide education) within
various other courses so that parents can't discover it, object
to it, or remove their children from it.
Interdependence: teaching that Americans should give
away our resources to other countries and replace American
sovereignty with global governance.
Interventions and referrals: giving minors health treatment
and counseling, and referring them to outside clinics and
abortion services, without parental consent.
Multiculturalism: teaching that every other culture is
superior to Western Judeo-Christian civilization.
On-site child care: providing daycare at public schools for
children who have babies.
Politically involved: teachers using their position to work
for NEA candidates and legislative goals.
Reproductive freedom: abortion with taxpayer funding.
School-based clinics: offices within public schools that
dispense contraceptives and "intensive counseling" and do
"referrals" without parental knowledge, and also accustom
students to the notion that they should get their health care
from the government.
Self-esteem: teaching students to feel they are A-OK even
when they don't learn anything.
Sequential, pre-K to 12: teaching NEA-style sex education
for 14 years (the only subject that is taught so redundantly).
Sexual orientation: teaching the gay/lesbian agenda.
Single-payer health plan: forcing all Americans to get
health care through Medicaid.
Stereotyping: the expectation that children should be reared
by mothers and fathers who are married to each other.
Undocumented immigrants: illegal aliens and their children.
Universal precautions: teaching "safe-sex" with demonstrations of devices and explicit descriptions of all sex
practices that do not result in a live baby.
Excerpts from Resolutions Passed at the 1999 NEA Convention
A-10. Public School Buildings. The National Education
Association believes that closed public school buildings should
be sold or leased only to those organizations that are not in direct
competition with public schools.
A-13. Federal Financial Support for Education. The
Association believes that funding for federal programs should be
substantially increased, not merely redistributed among states.
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-26. Charter and Nontraditional Public School Options. The Association believes that when concepts such as
charter schools and other nontraditional school options are
proposed, all affected public education employees must be
directly involved in the design, implementation, and governance
of these programs.
A-27. Deleterious Programs. The National Education
Association believes that the following programs and practices are
detrimental to public education and must be eliminated: privatization, performance contracting, tax credits for tuition to private
and parochial schools, voucher plans (or funding formulas that
have the same effect as vouchers), planned program budgeting
systems (PPBS), and evaluations by private, profit-making
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
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. The
Association further believes that early childhood education
programs should include a full continuum of services for parents/guardians/caregivers, and children, including child care, child
development, developmentally appropriate and diversity-based
curricula, special education, and appropriate bias-free screening
devices. These programs must be available to all children on an
equal basis and should include mandatory kindergarten with
B-7. Diversity. The National Education Association believes
that a 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 a society. The Association
further believes in the importance of observances, programs and
curricula that accurately portray and recognize the roles, contributions, cultures, and history of these diverse groups and individuals.
B-8. 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. Plans, activities, and programs must --
- Eliminate discrimination and stereotyping in the curriculum, textbooks, resource and instructional materials,
- Integrate an accurate portrayal of the roles and contributions of all groups throughout history across the curriculum, particularly groups who have been underrepresented
- Eliminate subtle practices that favor the education of one
student over another on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender,
physical disabilities, or sexual orientation
- 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-20. Educational Programs for Limited English
Proficiency Students. The Association believes that LEP
students should be placed in bilingual education programs to
receive instruction in their native language from qualified teachers
until such time as English proficiency is achieved.
B-29. Multicultural Education. Multicultural education
should promote the recognition of individual and group differences
and similarities in order to reduce racism, ethnic prejudices, and
discrimination. Multicultural education encompasses an idea or
concept, an educational reform movement, and a process.
B-30. Global Education. The Association believes that global
education increases respect for and awareness of the earth and its
people, and an appreciation of our interdependency in sharing
the world's resources to meet mutual human needs.
B-36. Family Life Education. The Association believes that
programs should be established for both students and
parents/guardians/caregivers and supported at all educational
levels to promote the development of self-esteem.
B-37. Sex Education. The Association recognizes that the
public school must assume an increasingly important role in
providing the instruction. Teachers and health professionals must
be legally protected from censorship and lawsuits. 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-38. AIDS Education. The National Education Association
believes that educational institutions should establish comprehensive acquired human immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) education programs as an integral part of the school
B-40. Environmental Education. The Association supports
educational programs that promote the concept of the interdependence of humanity and nature.
B-53. Standardized Testing of Students. The Association
opposes the use of standardized tests when
- Used as the criterion for the reduction or withholding of any
- Results are used inappropriately to compare students,
teachers, programs, schools, communities, and states.
B-65. Home Schooling. The National Education Association
believes that home schooling programs cannot provide the student
with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state requirements.
Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate
family, with all expenses being borne by the
parents/guardians/caregivers. 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 legislation should be adopted to provide
comprehensive health care to all children.
C-7. 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-14. Extremist Groups. The National Education Association
condemns the philosophy and practices of extremist groups and
urges active opposition to all such movements that are inimical to
the ideals of the Association.
C-22. Comprehensive School Health Programs and
Services. The National Education Association believes that
every child should have direct and confidential access to comprehensive health, social, and psychological programs and
services. The Association believes that schools should provide:
- A planned sequential, pre-K through 12 health education curriculum that integrates various health topics (such
as drug abuse, violence, universal precautions, and HIV
The Association believes that services in the schools should
- Counseling programs that provide developmental guidance and broad-based interventions and referrals
- Comprehensive school-based, community-funded student health care clinics that provide basic health care services (which may include diagnosis and treatment)
- If deemed appropriate by local choice, family-planning
counseling and access to birth control methods with instruction in their use.
C-23. School Counseling Programs. The National
Education Association believes that guidance and counseling
programs should be integrated into the entire education system,
pre-K through college.
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 school
D-20. Testing/Assessment and Teacher Evaluation. The
National Education Association believes that competency testing
must not be used as a condition of employment, license retention,
evaluation, placement, ranking, or promotion of licensed teachers.
E-3. Selection and Challenges of Materials and
Teaching Techniques. The Association deplores
prepublishing censorship, book-burning crusades, and attempts
to ban books from school libraries/media centers and school
F-1. Nondiscriminatory Personnel Policies/ Affirmative
Action. The National Education Association believes that
personnel policies and practices must guarantee that no person be
employed, retained, paid, dismissed, suspended, demoted, transferred, or retired because of race, color, national origin, cultural
diversity, accent, religious beliefs, residence, physical disability,
political activities, professional association activity, age, size,
marital status, family relationship, gender, or sexual orientation.
H-1. The Education Employee as a Citizen. The Association urges its members to become politically involved and to
support the political action committees of the Association and its
H-7. 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 goal.
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-27. Freedom of Religion. The Association opposes any
federal legislation or mandate that would require school districts
to schedule a moment of silence.
I-29. Gun-free Schools and the Regulation of Deadly
Weapons. The Association believes that strict proscriptive
regulations are necessary for the manufacture, importation,
distribution, sale and resale of handguns and ammunition magazines.
I-47. 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-50. Equal Opportunity for Women. The Association
believes in equal pay for comparable worth. The Association
supports an amendment to the U.S. Constitution (such as the
Equal Rights Amendment) that guarantees that equality of rights
under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States
or by any state because of gender.
(Emphasis added; see glossary)
The NEA's 1999 Lobbying Goals
- Creation of a national database on early childhood
care and education programs.
- Federal programs to assist parents in gaining
parenting skills and in understanding child growth
- Federal resources to enhance the availability and
quality of public school child care programs, including preschool and before- and after-school programs.
- Development and implementation of 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,
mentoring, and other appropriate services.
- Effective School-to-Work initiatives.
The NEA Will Work to
- Oppose proposals for Title I funds portability or
- Continue to align state and local academic standards with assessments, and provide educators with
the tools to develop curricula aligned to standards
- Support an FY 2000 class-size reduction appropriation at least equal to President Clinton's request, or
preferably, a larger increase of $400 million to hire
15,000 new teachers.
- Support key provisions in the Children's Gun
Violence Protection Act (S.735/H.R.1342), to protect
children from firearm violence.
- Oppose tax-free IRA withdrawals for private and
religious school and home-schooling expenses.
- Oppose all voucher plans.
- Support an increase in the minimum wage for all
employees, including youth.
NEA Political Activity
At its annual July convention, the NEA claimed that
the 1998 elections "affirmed [voters'] strong support for
maintaining the federal role in public education." The
NEA took credit for the "critical victories" of many NEA-backed candidates.
NEA officials pressed the convention delegates to
contribute to NEA-PAC. At this year's convention,
members responded by donating $797,000 to NEA's
PAC, an average of $83 per delegate.
In his keynote address, NEA President Bob Chase
praised Bill Clinton as "the best education president in
history" and listed what the union considers its "biggest
election victories" in 1998. He commended the NEA's
New York affiliate for "helping to defeat Sen. Al
D'Amato and replace him with Chuck Schumer, and the
North Carolina affiliate for defeating Sen. Lauch
Faircloth and replacing him with John Edwards." He
vowed that "Jesse Helms is next." He told his audience
to "forget the media hype coming out of Minnesota," and
bragged that Lieutenant Governor Mae Schunk was
"having no trouble handling [Governor] Jesse Ventura."
At a Democratic Caucus breakfast, NEA Government
Relations staffer Jerry Caruthers appealed to delegates to
"dig deep to support the NEA Political Action Committee," which has been renamed the "NEA Fund for
Children and Public Education." Caruthers told delegates: "I know that you want to give to the Democratic
party, but you have a party also, and that is the NEA."
The two-year fundraising goal for NEA-PAC is $7.7
The Gay & Lesbian Caucus (GLC) is a powerful
pressure group within the NEA. Caucus membership has
increased from 200+ in 1993 to more than 700 in 1999.
Its annual dinner attracts the union's top leaders, including President Bob Chase. Its GLC buttons are worn by
hundreds of convention delegates. The caucus works to
introduce public school curricula supportive of gay and
lesbian lifestyles, but its agenda is advanced under the
guise of teaching safety, tolerance, and nondiscrimination.