It had all the trappings of a re-election rally: thousands packing a convention center, Barack Obama T-shirts, videos celebrating the health care law, and a wall-size banner with encouraging messages to the incumbent president.
"You are our knight in shining armor -- Sarah C., Norman, Okla.," read one inscription.
But this Obama love fest in Washington was not a campaign event. The nearly 9,000 gathered were teachers in town for the National Education Association's weeklong annual convention.
For the Republican teachers in attendance, the digs at their political views were impossible to overlook.
"What I don't like is the harassment going on for people to be an `EFO' -- an educator for Obama," said Maureen van Wagner, a special education teacher from Anchorage, Alaska.
In interviews with The Associated Press, roughly a dozen teachers who identified themselves as Republicans said they felt pressure from union leaders and the rank-and-file to support Obama's re-election -- and felt marginalized when they wouldn't. Some interviewed said they were so worried about retribution from their colleagues that they wouldn't provide their names for publication.
The NEA isn't about Great Public Schools, It isn't about Children.....it is about DUES, MONEY, POWER as stated in 2009 by the NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin in this video!
If my kids were school age, I would pull them out of a public school faster than you can say book. Public schools are pathetic places where our kids are indoctrinated into all types of acceptable life styles from being queer is a good thing to God is gone and no longer counts to socialism is wonderful and on and on and on. My kids did not attend public school for that reason. If parents leave their kids in a public school, they should not be parents in the first damn place.
Totally agree Anthony!!!!
Be sure to pull the grandkids out too!
I agree. However, I find there is a different form of brainwashing that goes on in some private schools. A teacher's job, in my opinion, is to teach children to think, not what to think. We need to get back to the three R's, and parents need to be actively involved in their children's education. Government needs to stay the hell away from it.
Anthony, I am sure glad my kids are no longer in school. And I cannot afford private school so I would Home School. If that is what I would have to do to keep my kids from being Indoctrinated by the ignorant, pathetic so called teachers that is what I would do. But of course now I worry about my grandchildren :-(
This an excellent example of why the Dep't of Education should be abolished and the control/funding handed back to the states. I believe the individual states can better address their respective educational needs. Why waste money on an additional layer of bureaucrats. So if the NEA is for the children, then this proposal is a no-brainer.
This is frightening! It makes a great case for homeschooling.
FYI: DID you guys know that in ANY HEAD START classroom that is paid for by OUR tax dollars they cannot have an American flag, say the Pledge or celebrate ANY of our Chrisitian holidays...what you do learn is the Green Pledge to the Earth and the Obama song! BUT NO American flags or colors!
We had sent our children to parochial schools while being forced to pay for the failed public school system, BUT, they both grew up to be wonderful Americans with excellent values. Libs worry about "everyone's" rights, except our right to use OUR money to educate our children the way we want, while forcing us to pay for yet another failed Federal Government program. Get rid of the Dept. of Education, and many other Federal Programs. We govern best when we govern locally, and in the States.
reply to Paul - It's too bad that you had to pay for parochial school without an offset by the local government on your taxes. This is a good example of why we need a voucher system for all school districts in this country. If such a proposal would pass, the NEA and many of the school district "lapdogs" would finally see their rice bowls getting smashed, and their retirements going up in flames. So support and vote for the local candidate that is for a voucher system.
I beg to differ, regarding your comment about gov't contractors voting for bigger gov't. I worked for 38 years as a gov't contractor and the LAST thing I wanted was larger gov't. I was never a union member, and my opinion of the IAW (International Aerospace Workers union) was rock bottom. As my chemistry teacher in high school used to say, " Your test scores are lower than snake's hips in a post hole". Thats my opinion of the IAW and the NEA, I, for one, will vote for smaller gov't because BIG gov't is killing the personal freedoms that I fought to defend.
All American education is left leaning to the max and they give out grades.