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July 13, 2005

John should not read this one

Michelle Malkin linked to the NEA's Annual Meeting pages on the web today. Michelle is nice to the NEA, she only complained about 3 of their action items out of 92 items.

Oh, my God. No wonder my sister-in-law and her husband (president of the teachers union where he works) have such crazy ideas.

Let me give you a few samples of what the NEA thinks teachers should be doing besides ... teaching Reading, Writing and Arithmetic:

New Business Item 78 NEA will urge its members that they "do not shop" at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club due to Wal-Mart's anti-union, low-wage, low-benefit policies that have left its employees in need of hundreds of million of dollars in public aid for various health care and social safety net programs.


New Business Item 73 NEA will work to form coalitions with university deans of education, parent-teacher, business, student (education student) organizations and NCATE to consult on changing curricula at America's universities, and how teachers teach teachers to reflect our changed student populations.


It's not enough that the NEA has ruined education at the elementary and high school level - now they want to ruin universities!

New Business Item 75 The NEA will declare a designated area of the NEA/RA and related meetings and activities a fragrance free zone.


I hope they include BO as fragrance!

New Business Item 70 The NEA shall publicize the position of the Education International on the need for debt cancellation in underdeveloped countries.


New Business Item 69 Through existing publications and training programs, NEA will educate members and affiliate staff about potential problems arising from the move to paperless employment records. NEA will also provide state and local affiliates with advice regarding bargaining and lobbying strategies to insure that employees have the option either 1.) to receive written copies of all employment records (e.g. pay stubs, sick leave utilization, payroll deductions, etc.) or 2.) to access the employee's employment records through an employer-provided computer and printer, with no cost to the employee. In addition, NEA will provide advice on strategies to insure that adequate internet security is in place to protect employee confidential information.


Well, this doesn't surprise me - the teachers are afraid of technology!

New Business Item 61 The NEA calls on President Bush and Congress to:

- support our troops by creating an exit strategy to end the U.S. Military occupation of Iraq and bring our troops home.
- provide adequate veterans benefits and meet the needs of our veterans for adequate jobs, education, and healthcare.
The NEA will:

- support NEA members and their families called upon to serve in Iraq by identifying and providing information about resources and services to help meet their special needs, by advocating for their interests and by protecting their jobs, seniority, and benefits.
- advocate the reordering of national priorities toward peace and the human needs of our people.

Oh, for goodness sake! Personally, I feel quite strongly that fighting the global war on terror is a basic human need of our people. I hate the smugness and self-righteousness of the NEA. I really do. It makes it very difficult for me to visit my sister-in-law and brother-in-law because these are the exact kinds of things that they espouse.

Go read the rest of this. I'm sure our tax dollars in some way pay for these 'educators' to meet.

Posted by Beth at July 13, 2005 03:59 PM