The National Education Association (NEA) recently dissed parents and claimed that teachers are the ones who know “better than anyone” what students need.
The NEA tweeted on November 12, “Educators love their students and know better than anyone what they need to learn and to thrive.”
Educators love their students and know better than anyone what they need to learn and to thrive.
— NEA (@NEAToday) November 13, 2022
Better than anyone? Really? Better than parents even?
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tweeted a reply to the NEA, writing, “You misspelled parents.”
Apparently that sarcastic, though fair, reply, was too much for the NEA to handle.
The NEA then tweeted a reply to Secretary DeVos. “Together, families and educators are an essential team for advocating for the resources and opportunities all students need. Out-of-touch billionaires, however, are not,” the NEA wrote.
In reality, it’s the NEA who is out of touch with what parents expect from their teachers and the educational establishment.
The NEA is the largest labor union in the United States, representing over 3 million people – it’s also an extremely leftist organization headed by a leftist activist, Becky Pringle, who the NEA calls a “fierce social justice warrior” and a “staunch advocate for students who … identify as LGBTQ+.”
Last year, while the NEA lobbied to keep schools closed during the pandemic, NEA President Pringle raked in $534,243 – all as children suffered immense harm from “remote learning.” As the Daily Citizen reported in September, schoolchildren experienced the “worst drop in math and reading scores in decades” following school closures.
In an October 2020 article in Politico, Pringle said that the NEA would keep pushing strict COVID-19 precautions “through strikes, protests and sickouts – or by backing lawsuits, as it has in Florida, Iowa and Georgia.”
According to The New York Post, the NEA and Pringle “worked behind the scenes with the CDC to make last-minute changes to its February 2021 school reopening guidance.” Under that guidance, the vast majority of schools would have remained closed.
In addition, the NEA endorsed the continued forced masking of children in July 2021. “The evidence is clear that masks provide important protection against COVID-19 and provide the greatest protection for all of us. NEA supports robust masking policies that will keep students, families, and educators safe,” NEA President Pringle said at the time.
And when the NEA says that teachers know “better than anyone what [children] need to learn,” what exactly does the NEA think children need to learn?
If past history is any clue, it’s certainly not what most parents want their children learning.
Consider this NEA News article published earlier this year on the NEA’s official website titled, “Why Pronouns Matter.”
“Pronouns affirm gender identities and create safe spaces by referring to people in the way that feels most accurate to them,” the NEA wrote. It included a list of the “most common pronouns used” including “He, She, They, Ze, Zim, Zir, Zirself, Zay or Zee.”
Earlier this year, NEA President Pringle promoted the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) annual “Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings.” The day’s purpose is to spread sexual identity confusion to children by encouraging teachers and librarians to read “transgender” books to elementary school children.
The HRC and NEA recommend the book I Am Jazz, a book about Jazz Jennings, a boy who believes he’s a girl, which explains to five- to 12-year-old children that Jazz has “a girl brain but a boy body.” Exactly what is a “girl brain,” anyways?
When NEA also sponsored the reading day in 2021, President Pringle said that she was “thrilled to continue NEA’s tradition of participating in Jazz & Friends National Day of School & Community Readings.”
All told, if knowing what’s “best” for children means closing their schools, harming their learning and development, forcing them to wear masks and indoctrinating them into sexual identity confusion, then really the NEA does know best.
It’s extremely important for parents to be intensely involved in their children’s education. Parents must be aware of what their children are learning in school.
If you’re worried about what your child is being taught in school, check out the following resource from Focus on the Family: Back to School for Parents: A busy parent’s guide to what’s happening in your children’s classrooms and practical steps you can take to protect them.
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