At the risk of drawing the ire of teachers unions we need to ask if their influence is such that they drive too many choices. Let’s start out making clear that great teachers are worth their weight in gold. Outstanding teachers should not only be paid like superstars they should be treated with respect and revered. Weak or mediocre or poor teachers should be assisted to move on to other endeavors. There in lies the issue…the poor and weak are protected. Every teacher is treated as equal and considered as having the same proficiency and effectiveness if they have X degree(s) and Y years of experience. That’s simply impossible. Some people (in every profession and job) are better, faster, more effective and worth more for what they are paid than others. Unions, in our experience, force everyone into the communal pot. Where’s the incentive to perform better and be rewarded (other than pride and self drive – which does happen but tends to get burned out over time as everyone is forced into the same mold)?
We came across a couple of articles that address this topic that we want to share. We’ll provide links to the original articles so you can read them yourself but we’ll also highlight some key points in each article in case you can’t or don’t have time to read them in their entireties.
How America’s largest union is destroying our country, beginning with schools – Lifesite News published this article on July 16, 2019. Following are some highlights and takeaways:
- Among the actions taken at the NEA 2019 Representative Assembly are these new business items:
- Explicit defense of the “fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade” as well as for “youth” to “control their own body” (NBI 56). So either killing or sexualizing children is now official NEA policy.
- NEA opposes the “criminalization of border crossings,” no wall, and the immediate shutdown of detention centers, which NEA agrees are “concentration camps.” (NBI 37)
- The union calls for “ … the immediate end to the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families, including an end to ICE raids” and accuses the Trump administration of human rights abuses at the border.
- Racial politics on parade. “Using existing resources, NEA will incorporate the concept of ‘White Fragility’ into NEA trainings/staff development, literature, and other existing communications on social, gender, LGBTQIA, and racial justice … ” What?
- Passing the “Equality Act” is a top priority and union will work with the radical Human Rights Campaign on this.
- Will support Black Lives Matter’s “Week of Action” in schools during Black History Month. BLM promotes unjustified, inaccurate opposition to police and law enforcement.
- Plans to collaborate and partner with those pushing for reparations for African-Americans.
- Will conduct “professional development” training for homosexual club advisers in conjunction with “current partner GLSEN” and others, including how to “handle possible backlash from different stakeholders.” Like parents who don’t want their child to join a school club promoting sexual immorality?
- NEA will develop model state legislation to mandate an “LGBTQ”-inclusive K through 12 curriculum — i.e., forcing schools to subject students to homosexuality and gender rebellion throughout the school day in many classes. (Disregarding the many families who don’t agree.)
- In a stand against “linguistic oppression,” NEA will “call on educators to refrain from discouraging or explicitly telling students to not speak a language other than English at school.”
- At future national conventions, NEA will create space on nametags for designating pronouns and ensure there are more gender neutral restrooms.
- NEA wants a 100 percent student loan forgiveness plan and wants congressional hearings on this.
- Will create a “Stonewall LGBTQ” grad school scholarship for a student who identifies with any of these immoral behaviors and studies this propaganda.
In Washington State the NEA (National Education Association = The National Teachers Union) there is a new website focused on upcoming elections. The website is: https://educationvotes.nea.org/presidential-2020/2020-election-faq/ What do they focus on?
Tell me more about StrongPublicSchools.org.
How does NEA decide whom to recommend in the primaries?
How does NEA decide whom to recommend in the general election?
When will NEA make its recommendations for the primary and general elections?
What is the Strong Public Schools campaign?
Do NEA members have a voice in this campaign?
What is the Strong Public Schools Message?
Which candidate does Strong Public Schools Support?
Why did NEA launch the Strong Public Schools campaign?
When will the Strong Public Schools Campaign run?
How can I get involved?
So the NEA in conjunction with the State Teachers Union (WEA) and local chapters are using dues money to promote political activism designed to support the Unions agenda and goals. Should that happen? Public funds are used to pay teachers who then route their dues to their unions to then support political and tax policies designed to financially reward the parties.
The Unions want voters to “support pro-education candidates”. Sounds good…but what does “pro-education” mean? What if people want good education but believe that current education practices need to be changed or the use of personnel is altered in ways that the Unions don’t like? Would that be “pro-education”? Unlikely. So they are asking people to support candidates that support the Unions agenda(s).
Are there other examples that the power of Unions may have negative effects on public education?
Here’s How the Public Views Teachers, Their Salaries, and Their Impact – This chart shows the results of a survey of the publics impression of teachers:
So what if anything can you, the parents and grandparents and taxpayers and interested parties do? Can you have any impact or does your fire get rained on and put out?
The Answer: Express your opinion with your vote. Stay in touch with your local school board. Start with a “NO” mentality and make then convince you to switch to Yes. Talk to your elected representatives and share your thoughts. Yes you are single individuals or couples and are up against Unions who have money and they give lots of that money to elected representatives in an attempt to influence votes. You can either give up or you can speak up. Speaking up and you have a chance. Stay silent and you get buried and taxed to death.