The largest teacher’s union in the United States is all-in on divisive critical race theory after approving a plan at its annual meeting and representative assembly that wrapped up on July 3.
The well-funded guild nonetheless indicated that it will need more cash to help members fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric and to advocate for so-called racial honesty, however.
The two-million-member National Education Association adopted a measure, designating it as new business item 39, in which it vows to both publicize critical race theory and oppose attempts to ban it from K-12 social studies classes. The measure claims that it is “reasonable and appropriate” for curriculum to include critical race theory and its analogs.
The vast teachers’ union, which reportedly has a $350 million annual budget, also calls for a national day of action on October 14, George Floyd’s birthday, to teach classes about “structural racism and oppression” in a joint effort with Black Lives Matter at School and the Zinn Education Project, the latter named after socialist historian Howard Zinn.
The NEA says that it needs $127,600 and more staff to promote CRT. Unless people still don’t get the message, this program also requires the NEA president “to make public statements across all lines of media that support racial honesty in education including but not limited to critical race theory.”
BREAKING: The nation's largest teachers union has approved a plan to promote critical race theory in all 50 states and 14,000 local school districts.
The argument that "critical race theory isn't in K-12 schools" is officially dead. pic.twitter.com/BMRDoAK0sA
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) July 3, 2021
The NEA represents more than half of America’s public school teachers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all teachers go along with the divisive, race-obsessed curriculum. Peer pressure and institutional pressure, however, are quite powerful in the education setting as well as in woke corporate America and in other sectors.
The union also adopted a separate measure for putting together resources and recommendations to respond to organizations such as the Heritage Foundation, that are allegedly “attacking educators doing anti-racist work,” provided it comes up with an additional $56,500.
Requests for more funding in this and other instances suggests perhaps that diversity, equity, and inclusion gatekeeping is a potentially lucrative cottage industry.
Meanwhile, concerned parents all across the country — including those who have immigrated from communist countries — are fighting back against CRT and its radical equivalents, although some school boards are digging in their heels. Multiple states have already banned the controversial curriculum.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 20, 2021
According to Fox News, the NEA’s initiative undermines “the left-wing talking point that critical race theory is not taught to children.”
“The move comes as districts around the country and liberal pundits have attempted to fend off anti-CRT parents by telling them the curriculum is too complex for K-12 students and is only taught to students graduate-level courses. That claim is made despite evidence that critical race theory seminars are being offered to teachers and administrators and examples of CRT-themed topics being introduced in some classrooms,” Fox News added.
In the guise of anti-racism, critical race theory seeks to shame, if not smear, one group while creating resentment in another, based only on immutable characteristics and by creating a mythical bifurcation of oppressors and oppressed, its opponents insist.
In this context, it is often claimed that the left accuses the right of doing the things that the left is actually doing.
Critical race theory, moreover, is inconsistent with the fundamental goals of the civil rights movement, which led to federal and state laws rendering racial discrimination of any kind illegal.
Contrary to the NEA’s premise, Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life do favor teaching American history in all its dimensions, good and bad, or as the NEA puts it, in its “unpleasant aspects.”
Parents are objecting to what they have deemed far-left indoctrination and guilt by association that drives a wedge between students and, for that matter, adults, and undermines the U.S. Constitution.
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