Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The NEA Hypocrites!

This really cracks me up and makes me furious at the same time. On the NEA website they go on and on about how parental involvement is so critical to kids learning and thriving. Research has shown that parental involvement is vital in a child's education. I assume that the research meant any kind of education/schooling, not JUST government schooling.

Research shows that the most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student's family is able to
1) Create a home environment that encourages learning,
2) Express high expectations for their children's achievement and future careers,and
3) Become involved in their children's education at school and in the community.

So... homeschoolers do just that and more... and yet the NEA hypocrites see homeschooling as an undesirable evil. Maybe if they collected dues from us homeschool parents (perish the thought), then we'd be ok in their book.
(Ya think?)

The NEA has a "continuing resolution" on homeschooling that includes the following statements
B-75. Home Schooling The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used. The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools. The Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting. (1988, 2006)
Oh puh-leeze.... looks like they talk out of both sides of their mouths..
They want you to be really involved because you are so key to the whole education experience but don't do it yourself because you are incapable of teaching anything except whatever lame curriculum they want you to teach. You know what folks - teaching one's own children (or any other child) is NOT Rocket Science .. unless you are teaching rocket science (big grin). Their whole resolution is so self centered and stupid, that it is amazing any person with a brain would vote yes to accept it. But, that's the NEA for ya.

1 comment:

Dana said...

The NEA is just a labor union with one and only one goal...protecting teachers. And not always to their own benefit, either. I had a "discussion" with my NEA rep back when I was forced into membership about NEA's political goals. The official stance of the NEA, apparently, is that they do not support any particular candidate or party, but only issues affecting education.

UM, yeah. That's why I saw all of my money going to support candidates I was NOT voting for. I checked the NEA's grades on all the candidates I voted for in the last election. Of those for whom the NEA had a score, they all earned less than 30% with the NEA.

I felt affirmed I had made the right choice!