The NEA's pettiness and vindictiveness against home-schoolers was manifested by the contentious debate on Resolution B-69, which originally read, "The Association also believes that unfunded home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools."
The word "unfunded" got into the proposed resolution because a handful of public schools provide funding for home-schoolers to participate in after-school activities. NEA delegates voted to delete the word "unfunded" because they oppose allowing home-schoolers, funded or unfunded, to associate with public school students who are "with us all day."
Two years ago, the NEA received damaging national publicity when word leaked out that the convention was going to adopt an in-your-face resolution demanding that the gay-rights agenda be incorporated into everything from school curricula to teacher hiring. Revolt in the ranks caused it to be withdrawn.
But that was all smoke and mirrors. That convention quietly adopted at least 10 separate resolutions that added up to the same objectives as the one withdrawn. This year's convention re-adopted the same resolutions.
NEA President Reg Weaver's keynote address spelled out the association's opposition to the No Child Left Behind Act, calling it "a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ... a wolf in sheep's clothing ... rhetoric not reform."
The NEA didn't oppose No Child Left Behind in Congress because it is the biggest spending education bill ever passed, but now NEA politicos see it as a useful tool to hammer at President Bush and elect a "pro-education president" who, of course, is defined as a Democrat.
The NEA's Standing Committee on Women's Issues demanded continuing NEA support for Title IX quota policies, the University of Michigan's position on affirmative action, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the United Nations treaties on Discrimination against Women and the Rights of the Child. The NEA Standing committee on Sexual Orientation/Gender Identification reported enthusiastic NEA support for "comprehensive sexual health education in schools," which of course means the positive presentation of homosexuality.
The 2003 convention proves again that the NEA is always about co-opting more taxpayer money, creating more jobs for NEA members, getting tighter control over children from the earliest possible age and preserving the teachers union monopoly in the public schools.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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