Monday, October 01, 2007

The NEA Sets Us Straight

If you're looking for some interesting reading this morning, go check out the NEA's 2007/2008 Resolutions. It's full of all sorts of goodies. Reading their resolutions always makes me wonder: Is the NEA a teachers' union, a professional organization, an agent for social change, or political hacks for liberals? They can't seem to make up their mind.

If you'd like to know what they have to say about us homeschoolers, I'll save you the hassle of scrolling through the 105-page pdf file:
B-75. Home Schooling

The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.

The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.

The Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting. (1988, 2006)

Bless their little hearts. I just get all warm and fuzzy knowing that the NEA is looking out for my children.


Pauli said...

NEA = Union = Envy + Greed

Pyrosapien said...

Let's not get too hasty here Pauli.

You sell people short when you paint unions with such a large brush, using such large brush strokes.

Have you ever read the papal Encyclical "Rerum Novarum" written by Pope Leo XIII? Or how about "Laborem Exercens" and "Centesimus Annus" by Pope John Paul the Great.

I am a union member. I belong to the International Association of Fire Firefighters, (IAFF). Much to my displeasure, I am usually at odds with the candidates that are endorsed by my union. On the national level, the IAFF was the first and most vocal in support of that rediculous "Catholic" candidate John F. Kerry (the "F" stands for "Fake"). I used that situation as an opportunity to teach other people in my union local about authentic Catholic moral and social doctrine.

The reason I belong to a union is pretty simple, and it doesn't involve envy or greed. It involves sin and man's fallen nature. All managers and bosses are not ethical, fair, moral, and just. Many of them are corrupted by their power and authority and weild it in an abusive manner. Workers unite in unions for much the same reason that states form unions (e.g. United States of America) or nations form alliances (e.g. NATO), because there is strenth in numbers.

A labor union exists only to ensure that workers are treated with justice, specifically in regards to their wages, hours, and working conditions. I can assure you that much/most of the safety equipment you see firefighters using (e.g. breathing apparatus, personal alerting devices, radios) would not be there or of very high quality if it wasn't for the efforts of the labor union in getting industry standards and legislation passed to make it so.

Unfortunately, unions suffer from the same sin that afflicts the rest of the world. Union leaders get corrupted by their power and authority and act the same as the unethical, unfair, unjust, and immoral bussiness and corporate leaders that they are supposed to fight against. Then it all turns in to power politics and the lofty ideals are discarded in pursuit of political and social power.

I can't stand the NEA, they usually make me want to vomit. In my estimation they have become "yap dogs" on the leash of the Democratic Party. They have something else going against them also, they buy in to the secular liberal social and intellectual elitism that is the culture of our college and universtiy system.

But the attitude of America's union leaders and their goose stepping with the Democratic Party are solely to blame for the decline in "unionism" and organised labor in recent years. Unions are their own worst enemies.

p.s. take the time to talk sincerely with a union member, you may find that you agree with them on many things. I have never voted for a union endorsed candidate in a national election. Don't believe that all union members just "vote as they're told"