Remember in the Civitas poll we discussed last week how 69% of parents of school-age children thought education in NC was headed in the wrong direction? And how 73% of parents of school-age children thought classroom instruction had become more political?
Well – the National Education Association (NEA) pledged to teach critical race theory in all of the school systems it works in across the country last week at its annual convention. (The NCAE is the NC affiliate of the NEA – the nation’s largest teachers union. That’s where the NCAE gets it marching orders.)
If that’s not political, we don’t know what is.
As we’ve said, much of the blame for parents’ dissatisfaction with education can be laid at the feet of the NCAE teachers union – the group whose iron-grip influence over Governor Cooper unduly held school children back from in-person learning for months this year.
But other factors – like school boards across the country questioning the teaching of CRT – are getting bigger every day.
Here’s the real twist about the NEA’s announcement last week to teach CRT. It was on national newsites. It was on the NEA’s website – including the resolutions passed at the annual meeting.
Then they weren’t!
At its annual meeting, “the NEA adopted New Business Item 39, which essentially calls for the organization to defend the teaching of critical race theory,” according to Reason.com. This NBI 39 stated: “It is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory.”
Reason went on to say that “Consistent with its defense of CRT, the NEA will also provide a study ‘that critiques empire, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society’.”
DailyWire.com described NEA resolution language saying there would be a team of staffers dedicated to providing members with information about how to “fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric; and share information with other NEA members as well as their community members.”
Why did the NEA take the details of their resolutions down from the NEA website? Maybe the reaction just got too hot for them. Who knows. Foxnews.com’s requests for explanations from the NEA of course got nothing.
Kudos to Jessica Anderson at Heritage Action for catching the fact that the NEA resolutions were there – then were gone. And asking the important question – Why?
A couple of things come to mind.
- Critical Race Theory proponents have recently argued that the “theory” part of the Critical Race Theory has been around for forty years and has only been taught in an academic, law-school style setting, and that there is no threat because CRT isn’t in K-12 schools. Maybe the reason the NEA took down their resolutions is that their strong defense of CRT in Resolution NBI 39 kind of blew that line of spin-doctoring out of the water.
It’s pretty clear by this NEA statement what they’ll be doing: “It is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory.” And that “we oppose attempts to ban critical race theory and/or The 1619 Project.”
- This was all eye-opening stuff about the NEA – the organization that gives the NCAE their directives. If you go on the NEA website and click around – you see all kinds of items that parents should know could be ultimately pushed by NCAE/NEA-aligned teachers and educators. And here’s a hint – there’s not a whole lot of talk about reading, writing and arithmetic. It’s about advocating for change, justice and those newly-defined words we’re hearing more and more these days – like “equity.”
Then there’s NEA EdJustice.org – that’ll show you where the real activity is taking place.
The NCAE teachers union is a powerful force in North Carolina – in political capital and control of education policy. We have many wonderful teachers in our state who care for the children they teach and are gifted at the art of education. There’s another side – the political movement side that focuses on union goals, transforming education and other directives we need to watch.
We need more transparency in education, and our citizens – especially parents and grandparents of school-age children – need to stay vigilant and know what’s going on behind the scenes and driving the transformation of our children’s education.