This week, the National Education Association (NEA) held its annual meetingto debate the vital issues that impact American public education and set NEA policy and activities for the year ahead. The local teacher’s union, Greenwich Education Association (GEA), is part of NEA.
So what are the vital issues impacting education and the new policies we have to look forward to from NEA?
Well, for starters, NEA held a special three-day session on racial and social justice. A number of resources are included for educators on the subject, too. Including this handy collection of White Supremacy Culture Resources with links to books like “White Fragility” by Robin D’Angelo — the book that Superintendent Toni Jones passed out to Greenwich educators a couple summers ago — and the Peggy McIntosh White Privilege Survey, also given to Greenwich students a couple years ago.
Video resources include titles like, “Time to Dismantle White Supremacy: Ending White Supremacy Requires White People To Realize Black Liberation Isn't A 'Zero Sum Game” and "Debunking The Most Common Myths White People Tell About Race.”
The conference also provided LGBTQ+ information, tools, and resources “to support transgender and non-binary students, to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ history in their classrooms, and to stop LGBTQ+ bias and intolerance in public schools.” NEA even offers information on what to know about transgender laws with a special focus on sports and gender-affirming health care. By the way, NEA specifically asserts that, "Republican lawmakers in state legislatures across the country are attacking transgender youth in order to divide us.” Is that really what’s happening?
NEA also partners with the controversial group, GLSEN, which seems to be the touchpoint for getting the transgender activist agenda into schools.
As if that’s not enough, other topics at the conference included nationwide mandatory masking and COVID vaccines, taking aim at Florida’s anti-grooming bill, addressing “climate justice” and “environmental racism”, discarding the words “mother” and “father” in order to be more inclusive, posting US representatives' and senators’ positions on NEA-supported gun laws, Russia’s alleged illegal invasion of Ukraine, the presence of systemic “homophobia” and “transphobia” in schools, and alleged “right wing attacks” on school board members.
That sounds like quite a conference!
It leaves us wondering whether there are any conservatives left in education?
And wondering why this divisive, left-wing political organization is allowed to operate inside our schools...