From ‘White Fragility’ to Abortion, the Nation’s Largest Teachers’ Union Showed Just How Far Left They’ve Gone

The largest teachers’ union in the United States just adopted a series of “business items” announcing their full support for some very liberal policies.

The National Education Association (NEA) — which is the largest teachers’ union in the nation — held their annual convention in Houston over the past few days. The meeting included a series of speeches from 2020 Democrats, as well as the adoption of some far-left “business items.”

Abortion

The NEA voted to adopt Business Item 56, which notes that the union believes abortion is a “fundamental right” that must be protected during the #MeToo movement.

The adopted measure reads:

“Through existing media channels, the NEA will honor the leadership of women, non-binary, and trans people, and other survivors who have come forward to publicly name their rapists and attackers in the growing, international, #MeToo movement.

Furthermore, the NEA will include an assertion of our defense of a person’s right to control their own body, especially for women, youth, and sexually marginalized people. The NEA vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.”

In their rationale for action, the NEA pointed to the “misogynistic forces” of President Donald Trump and claimed that they must speak out against those who want to “abolish the gains of the women’s rights movement.”

The union writes:

“The most misogynistic forces, under Trump, want to abolish the gains of the women’s right movement.  Women’s leadership is essential for any successful egalitarian movement and therefore must be protected.”

“White Fragility”

Beyond abortion, the NEA announced that they would begin training NEA members on how to address “white fragility” — or discomfort from white people when talking about race.

In Business Item 11, the NEA voted to:

“[I]ncorporate the concept of ‘White Fragility’ into NEA trainings/staff development, literature, and other existing communications on social, gender, LGBTQIA, and racial justice whenever and wherever context and expense allows.”

In the rationale, the NEA argued that:

“White supremacy culture has fashioned a social norm insulating white people from the impact of racial stress, which consequentially constructs a social atmosphere that depresses the ability of society, in general, to tolerate racial stress, also known as ‘White Fragility.'”

Immigration

The NEA tangled themselves up in the national debate about immigration and the crisis at the southern border by announcing their opposition to deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and announcing in Business Item A that the would be instructing members to host classes on how to avoid deportation.

“[The NEA will] partner with immigrant rights’ organizations to inform our members and the families they serve of the civil and human rights of undocumented people through community engagement and specifically partner on training such as know-your-rights training.”

The NEA is made up of more than three million teachers and is highly influential in Democratic politics, making donations exclusively to the Democratic Party. The NEA spent nearly $1.3 million in opposition ads against Republican lawmakers.

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In a brief search of the new business items passed by the NEA, no business items passed with the search phrase “reading,” “math,” “wages,” or “salary,” despite being a workers’ union for educators.

Published in IJR Red

Responses

  1. not all teachers support abortion….only the ungodly ones do!

  2. Well now, if I had children, I would make sure that I would homeschool them and I also would make sure that my friends children were pulled out of public school and homeschooled immediately because these teachers are indoctrinating them to become gay trans, have sex early and often, stop believing in Heavenly Father and Jesus, have abortion’s often, but they don’t teach the standard reading writing and rithmathic!!!!

  3. Notice how the NEA “business items” do NOT mention the education of children. That says it all about their priorities and how they do not care whether members disagree.

    I, and several old friends, abandoned the IBEW a long time ago because it took our money then indulged in nepotism, protected the incompetent (see nepotism), and engaged in politics we did not agree with. What about protecting the union members? Crickets chirp. Yet we watched the union leadership buy expensivv homes, travel to conventions, and drive the latest cars/trucks.

    The union became an expensive and extortive indulgence. It’s corruption and anti-American politics were clear. My friends cut ties and became independent contractors. I continued my education We are doing much better than the union “humps” (as in used and abused).

  4. The National Education Abomination has driven many teachers to quit because the ‘Party Line’ is tainted.
    Nowhere cannot the partisan governmental tendrils invade. That is the way of things these days.

  5. NEA has always leaned far to the left. Most state and local members have little say about the leanings of the group.

  6. NEA the biggest threat to a decent education and a bastion of liberalism.

  7. As an educator, I want people out there to know that enrollment in teacher unions is way down in Indiana, and other states. One big reason is that the leaders of these unions publicize “our” stance on political issues without ever asking us what we think. Please do not judge teachers by these unions. There are other tidbits to share, like, 20+ years in public education, I have never worked where teachers had tenure. Never. All my years have been in public schools in Indiana. Please don’t judge us without knowing these things.

    1. I too, was a member in West Virginia and we had no say in the stances the NEA and even sometimes our State (WVEA) took politically. I agree totally with your comment.

  8. Not sure this is wise after the SCOTUS banished mandatory dues for non-union members.

    I am sure the great teachers across the rural America just love these changes right?

  9. Teachers are notorious for voting how the union tells them to/who to vote. They are followers, not leaders, who allow others to make decisions for them. Not all teachers, but most who belong to unions do.

  10. Once upon a time, unions were supposed to work to organize for better working conditions for their members. Times were tough, and too many members were being cheated and abused. Somehow, they turned into groups with limitless political power, and rammed through legislation aimed to fatten pension plans at the expense of the average tax payer, and protect inept or abusive teachers, while forcing its members to pay dues to a clearly polarized political agenda that large numbers of the membership were appalled by. And preached the religion of helping children learn, something never on their actual agenda. When was a full term abortion in a child’s best interests? The NEA has become a national disgrace. Thank you for clarifying their real identity.

  11. This is why I quit the nea union. They don’t speak for everyone and their beliefs are asinine too. The union is suppose to support teachers and students. What will happen when too many children are murdered due to liberal b.s.? What is wrong with being white, female or male? I kept my money rather than allow them to use as they wished.

  12. Can teachers really spell misogyny or is it spell check? Even the communists would find this stuff too radical.

  13. I wonder what the children think when they learn that their teacher would favor the idea of them being aborted.

    1. The majority of the teachers I know are not for abortions. Just because the NEA is for it doesn’t mean the majority of their members are.

  14. The Union is a member of Media Matters run by Soros & Rob Reiner. Sad to think that these teachers of America have no clue that their dues, ($200,000/month), is paying for far left causes.

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