NEA delegates pass resolutions that are heavy on left-wing politics, light on education - EAGnews.org :: Education Research, Reporting, Analysis and Commentary:
By Steve Gunn
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Not long ago, we received a message from a very upset public school teacher who said she wants everyone to “keep education out of politics.”
That would be a lot easier if the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, would get out of the political game.
But the NEA long ago established itself as a cornerstone of the Democratic Party. It spends millions of dollars every election cycle on Democratic candidates at the federal, state and local levels. It stakes out liberal policy positions on issues ranging from immigration and foreign policy to gay marriage.
And its leaders have never been shy about taking potshots at Republicans and their loyalty to the free market system that has served our nation for centuries.
If the union is so eager to play soldier on the political battle field, how can its leaders whine when the opposition shoots back? They can attack Republicans, but when GOP forces return fire, they accuse them of “attacking teachers.”
They shouldn’t be able to have it both ways, but somehow they pull it off.
It’s obvious that the union’s first priority is partisan politics. The few Republican union members who attended the recent NEA Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C. said it felt like an Obama campaign rally. They were booed and harassed when a few of them dared speak in favor of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
And if the pro-Obama atmosphere was not enough, the list of resolutions adopted at the meeting made it clear that this union is run by liberals with a very one-sided agenda.
Two Wisconsin teachers, Kristi Lacroix and Tracie Happel, tracked a number of resolutions that were introduced at the NEA Representative Assembly and addressed them in their weekly online newsletter, “Freedom from Teachers’ Unions.”
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