Who was the coward? The principal or me, who held still and stared him down and demanded that he put the knive on the desk?
I had it forever with teaching.
The NEA doesn't represent all teachers. It is a large labor union, and they've always taken political stands.
I do question how appropriate it is to be this open with politics when education is involved. Most teachers try to keep their political thoughts to themselves in class as much as possible.
The NEA and those representing it at an NEA convention should only be promoting issues that deal with education. As private citizens they can make any public declaration that they want, but when meeting as an educational group making public statements about social issues is beyond their scope in my opinion. The dismal performance by the average student is evidence enough that the NEA should be focused more on teaching basic math, science and reading skills and less on informing children on their stance on social issues.
They lobbied for a Dept. of Ed, they lobbied for child labor laws which made school compulory (so kids didn't have to work in the factories anymore, and could go to school). Too lazy to write the rest.
Maybe some don't agree with all of that, but I think most of us here agree with most of it. Truth is their lobbying often has had a lot to do with education. And some of it seems like it would be offensive if they did not take a stand on it (ex. Women's sufferage, which does indirectly affect education).1910s: responding to increased immigration, NEA renewed lobbying efforts for a national Department of Education that would help fund programs to reduce illiteracy, train teachers, and equalize education opportunities for all children
1912: NEA endorses Women's Suffrage
1919: NEA members in New Jersey lead the way to the nation's first state pension; by 1945, every state had a pension plan in effect
1941: NEA successfully lobbied Congress for special funding for public schools near military bases
1945: NEA lobbied for the G.I. Bill of Rights to help returning soldiers continue their education
1958: NEA helps gain passage of the National Defense Education Act
1964: NEA lobbies to pass the Civil Rights Act
1968: NEA leads an effort to establish the Bilingual Education Act
1974: NEA backs a case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court that proposes to make unlawful the firing of pregnant teachers or forced maternity leave
1984: NEA fights for and wins passage of a federal retirement equity law that provides the means to end sex discrimination against women in retirement funds
I have to say if I was in the NEA, I would have said that we shouldn't take a stand as a group on this (only as individuals).
However, I'd like to point out something. Kids hating gays (and pretty much being taught to hate gays) has affected homosexuals in the education system. Actually, those kids mostly have affected those rumored to be gay in the educational system. If a kid is just rumored to be gay, they are harrassed, and sometimes beaten up on. Sometimes the teachers are willing to do something about it. Sometimes, they're not for whatever dumb reason. And the teachers trying to discipline for this does no good if the parents come into the school and give their support to their bullying kid (which parents often don't want to hear that their kid is being trouble). Some people say that the answer is to crack down on bullying in general and not make it a gay issue. I agree with that, but I have to say a really huge amount of bullying has to do with older kids being gay or just rumored to be gay. When they do finally get off their ass and start cracking down more on bullying, they are going to be accused of having a gay agenda.
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