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Is teaching mandate of U-46 schools correct?
By Seth Hancock
Public education is not about teaching the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic or to help facilitate critical thinking but rather to indoctrinate students into world government and following social norms, that in the words of America’s largest teachers union the National Education Association (NEA).
In 1903, John D. Rockefeller helped fund the NEA and said: “I don’t want a nation of thinkers. I want a nation of workers.”
Just a few years later the NEA became federally chartered in 1906 and has been following that credo ever since. In 1947 the NEA’s Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development yearbook states: “Far too many people in America, both in and out of education, look upon the elementary school as a place to learn reading, writing and arithmetic.”
That philosophy of teaching appears to be the one being followed in School District U-46, and U-46 teacher Melissa Ross is proud of it as she spoke to the Board of Education on Monday, Aug. 1. Ross came to chastise board member Jeanette Ward for her beliefs while explaining the work of the NEA, which she was U-46’s delegate to last month’s NEA convention in Washington, D.C.
Ross, who received over $100,000 from taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2015 between salary and benefits, said: “I am so proud of what the NEA stands for, and I am so sad that my employer doesn’t always stand for the same. The NEA will publicize the work of NEA members educating students and communities on issues of human caused climate change. The NEA believes that the fabric of our society is strengthened when the contributions of all of its diverse members are encouraged and embraced. The association recognizes the existence of white privilege and white supremacy and that institutional and public policies and practices discriminate against some segments of the population.”
If that sounded like a speech from the Democrat National Convention, well it appears that the NEA has been using the classroom as a political platform for decades.
In 1968 the head of the NEA Elizabeth Koontz said teachers should “organize, agitate, and strike” and promoted sensitivity training for parents and teachers, and in 1972 the NEA’s president Catherine Barrett said: “We are the biggest potential political fighting force in this country and we are determined to control the direction of American education.”
If one prefers education over indoctrination, the NEA apparently views that person as an enemy and in 1961 its Commission on Professional Rights and Responsibilities said members should “gather information about various individuals and groups who criticize or oppose education, and make resumes of their activities.”
In the 1983-84 edition of the NEA publication Today’s Education, it pushes for making interactions between teachers and students privileged with parents not allowed to know about them, and in 1990 NEA spokesman Mary Faber calls conservatives and religious Americans “extremists.”
The NEA warns teachers who prefer education over indoctrination in its 1967 NEA Journal that the union will decide who will “be admitted to the profession, and depending on his behavior and ability whether he should stay in the profession.”
The agenda of the NEA is pretty clear that teachers are the ones who should be instilling moral values in students, not the parents, and U-46 appears to be following that very agenda. This upcoming school year the district will implement Full-Day Kindergarten district-wide partly using the Illinois Birth through Third Grade Institute as a guide for setting its curriculum, and this summer AVID teachers attended conferences which urge teachers to have “conversations about race, gender, class and sexual orientation” in the classroom.
Ward has voted against several resources in her first year on the board for their “overarching and pervasive politically left bias” as well as for factual inaccuracies. All of those resources have been approved, often with 4 to 3 or 5 to 2 votes, while no supporter of the resources on the board has denied the list of biased examples Ward has provided.
In contrast, board member Traci Ellis has appeared to advocate censorship by posting a story on her Facebook page about banning resources that place any amount of doubt on man-made climate change theories.
In the 1930s honorary NEA president John Dewey wrote the Humanist Manifesto in which he advocated the end of Christianity and the formation of “a new world religion,” and at the 1938 NEA convention Goodwin Watson said teachers need “to indoctrinate children to overthrow ‘conservative reactionaries.’”
In 1969 the NEA’s Today’s Education stated “educators will assume a formal responsibility for children when they reach the age of two,” and in 1971 NEA member John Lloyd calls Saul Alinski’s, an open socialist, book “Rules for Radicals,” which was dedicated to Lucifer, the NEA’s “bible” because Alinski “knows that all values are relative.”
In the NEA’s Saturday Review of Education in 1973 Gloria Steinem wrote: “By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.” In the same edition the NEA president Catherine Barrett wrote: “More than a dispenser of information, the teacher will be a conveyor of values, a philosopher…. We will be agents of change.”
A push for world government and an end to national sovereignty has also been at the forefront of the NEA which U-46 appears to be following.
One of the resources Ward has opposed teaches the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights without providing any discussion on how the handouts claimed as rights in that document would be paid for. That document claims rights to housing, medical care and many other social services which would, by definition, require slave labor to provide which comes in direct contrast to the “unalienable rights” listed in the Declaration of Independence which are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
In April of 2015, just days before being elected to the board, Ward opposed, during public comments, a policy change that removes the words “American heritage” in exchange for “global society.” Ken Arndt, U-46’s interim superintendent, dismissed her concerns and said the change is needed in order “to be more tolerant of others positions.”
In the 1947 NEA Journal it states that teachers should “teach those attitudes which will result ultimately in the creation of a world citizenship and world government.”
At the NEA’s annual meeting in 1934 Willard Givens said that free markets “must be completely destroyed and all of us, including the ‘owners,’ must be subjected to a large degree of social control.” He added that “an equitable distribution of income will be sought” and that “the major function of the school is the social orientation of the individual.”