The National Education Association (known as the NEA) held its annual convention in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. This NEA teachers union has long wanted to increase its union members by requiring public schools to admit three- and four-year-old children. So, the NEA convention adopted Standing Rule Amendment 1 to order all future NEA materials to replace all references to K-12 with Pre-K-12. That's a clear message that the NEA sees its future in getting control of pre-Kindergarten children. Then, the NEA delegates passed Resolution B-1 which demands "early childhood education programs in the public schools for children from birth through age eight," in addition to "compulsory attendance" in Kindergarten. This resolution also insists that Pre-K programs have "diversity-based curricula" and "bias-free screening devices."
The NEA did pass a few resolutions about education, but none about doing a better job of teaching children to read. The NEA supports public school courses in multiculturalism, global education, environmental education, bilingual education, AIDS education, and self-esteem, but the NEA opposes voucher plans, tuition tax credits, parental-option plans, and homeschooling.
Here are some of the political resolutions adopted by the NEA Convention: the endorsement of government health care, reparations for descendants of slaves, statehood for the District of Columbia, compliance with unratified United Nations treaties, opposition to English as our official language, opposition to a moment of silence in schools, and strict regulation of guns. And an NEA resolution urges members "to become politically involved" in the NEA's political action committees, and we all know that means electing Democratic candidates.
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