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NEA Self-Parody
    #4399725 - 07/13/05 02:40 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

From time to time I post satire from various political blogs. Scrappleface is my personal favorite but The Onion gets in some good licks from time to time as well. Iowahawk can be hilarious.

But the following is not a satire. It is not a parody. It's the honest to goodness Real McCoy agenda from the NEA's annual meeting. Read it and weep. From http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/004943.php --

The Priorities Of The National Education Association

The NEA published its agenda http://www.nea.org/annualmeeting/raaction/nbi.html for its July 7th Assembly, listing all the new action items under consideration and the action taken on each. How long does one have to read down the list before the NEA actually addresses an issue having directly to do with educating students? The first item? Third? Fifth?

How about ... fifteenth?

Here's what comes ahead of education at the National Education Association:

1. [Defeated, no description]
2. Fighting Wal-Mart
3. Investigating the positions of financial firms regarding Social Security privatization
4. Adding "multiethnic" and "other" as options on ethnicity questions
5. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the NEA and ATA
6. Forming coalitions to "protect" Social Security
7. Explaining the difference between two different pension plans
8. Requesting an article for their newsletter on "health problems from exposure to fragrance chemicals".
9. Getting outside funding to allow 25 more people to attent the EPA Tools for Schools Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Symposium
10. Creating a workgroup on health care
11. Sponsoring "political training" for Congressional candidates friendly to NEA priorities (see above!)
12. [Defeated, no description]
13. Opposing "billionaire Eli Broad and any other entities to remove elected school boards from cities"
14. Repealing the Social Security offset and explaining the differences between states' approach to Social Security for teachers who move

Five of the top 20 have to do with Social Security politics. Only two items in the top 30 have anything directly to do with educating children. As Michelle Malkin points out, however, they made room during their efforts to demand a withdrawal from Iraq (number 61), oppose CAFTA, (number 63), and support the boycott of Gallo Wines (number 47).

If I wanted to parody the NEA, I couldn't draft a better list than this. Anyone arguing that this special-interest group has the welfare of children as its first priority should read this list carefully and often.




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Re: NEA Self-Parody [Re: Phred]
    #4399783 - 07/13/05 02:59 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

quite silly. but then we don't know the methods that they bring new 'points' up in their meetings - it could just be some sign-up list, firstcome firstserver, or go around in a circle, or whatever - this doesn't necessarily mean that point number 1 was more important than point number 15 - it just means that point number 1 got discussed/voted on first.


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Re: NEA Self-Parody [Re: Phred]
    #4399820 - 07/13/05 03:11 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

2. Fighting Wal-Mart

Haha what's that about? I hate Walmart too and refuse to shop there but why is that an item on their list?

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Re: NEA Self-Parody [Re: newuser1492]
    #4399842 - 07/13/05 03:19 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)


NEA affirms and supports the decision of the Executive Committee to participate in the national Wal-Mart Consumer Education Campaign initiated by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Further, NEA strongly encourages state and local affiliates and individual NEA members to participate in this campaign.

from http://www.nea.org/annualmeeting/raaction/nbi.html

basically, they support this campaign - http://www.ufcw.org/issues_and_actions/walmart_workers_campaign_info/index.cfm - wanting to inform consumers "Wal-Mart threatens the wages, health-care, benefits, and livelihoods of workers across the country and around the world. Whether you work or shop at Wal-Mart, the giant retailer?s employment practices affect your wages. Wal-Mart leads the race to the bottom in wages and health-care. The company?s disregard for the law and systematic suppression of the basic democratic rights of workers is undermining fundamental American values."

Edit - my guess is it is on their agenda because the NEA also represents food-service workers in public schools.


Edited by Krishna (07/13/05 03:20 PM)

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Re: NEA Self-Parody [Re: Phred]
    #4399985 - 07/13/05 03:58 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Funny shit.

Faced with the increasing probability that I might end up teaching (because I obviously can't 'do' :rolleyes:), the NEA could be something I'm gonna have to face. It's not an issue/decision I look forward to dealing with.

what's with neocons and the word 'ilk'?

Edited by Gijith (07/13/05 04:28 PM)

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Re: NEA Self-Parody [Re: Phred]
    #4400622 - 07/13/05 06:36 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

"Only two items in the top 30 have anything directly to do with educating children"

New Business Item 1

Lemme guess. This business item was: TEACH CHILDREN TO READ, WRITE, AND DO ARITHMETIC.

America's debt problem is a "sign of leadership failure"

We have "reckless fiscal policies"

America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.

Americans deserve better

Barack Obama

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