by Andrea Widburg at americanthinker.com
Going back to America’s founding, teaching was a job meant to create a literate population that embraced American values. Starting around the 1960s, it became a “profession,” which had more cachet. Now, though, it’s a cult, and every one of us should be absolutely terrified of the maniacs who have complete control over our children for eight hours a day, five days a week, seven months a year.
The National Education Association is the largest teacher’s union in the world and the largest trade union in the United States, representing 3 million American teachers. It’s also one of the Democrat party’s most devoted donors.
It recently held its annual conference, an event at which “approximately 6,000 educators meet to debate the vital issues that impact American public education and set National Education Association policy and activities for the year ahead.” At this year’s meeting, Becky Pringle, the NEA’s president, stood up to speak.
In 2021, the New York Times gave Pringle a glowing profile. The article is illuminating when it comes to showing the NEA’s centrality to the Democrat party and how it embraces hard-left social justice policies. Most fascinating, though, is what the Times has to say about Pringle, a leftist among leftists:
What motivates Ms. Pringle, she said, is a longtime need that is ever more pressing now: to “reclaim public education as a common good, and transform it into something it was never designed to be: racially and socially just, and equitable.”
Ms. Pringle is seeking to position her union at the forefront of the social justice movement — a tall order, some believe, for an organization whose membership is more than 70 percent white, with a large number of members living in purple and red states. Her success, she believes, is tied to having Mr. Biden as a partner.
This year, the N.E.A. published its Racial Justice in Education Resource Guide, which advises teachers on how to directly address issues such as white supremacy, implicit bias and acknowledging how race influences their work.
[U]nder her tenure, the union has seen progress. There has been a sharp increase in the number of members seeking “micro-credentials” for racial justice, diversity and implicit bias training, so that teachers can better understand the student population they serve. (Emphasis added.)
You get the picture. For Pringle, there is only one filter through which to view education, and that is race and, especially, the fact that America is a fundamentally racist nation. Education is no longer about reading, writing, and arithmetic, with a little civics thrown in for good measure; it’s about instructing students to hate America, blacks to hate whites, and whites to hate themselves.
Pringle’s NEA keynote address is a staggering piece of leftism. She hits every leftist “social justice” point: Racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia, social justice, transgender, reproductive rights, student loans, bad Supreme Court, good Justices Sotomayor and Brown Jackson, inequity, gun violence, indigenous people, Latino, API, “our democracy,” taxes on the wealthy, destroying school vouchers, free meals, banned books, etc. She also attacks America’s very foundation:
We will unite…this entire nation to reclaim public education as a common good, as a foundation of this country, and then we will transform it into something it was never designed to be: A racially and socially just and equitable system…By the end of the speech, she’s worked herself into what Paul Rossi terms a “Hitlerian” frenzy. Her hysterical delivery and her worship for the NEA are terrifying: