Bob Chanin, the head counsel of the NEA, received a rousing send-off for his retirement the other day.
In his farewell speech, he clarified the political depravity of his organization:
We are not paranoid, someone really is after us. Why are these conservative and right-wing bastards picking on NEA and its affiliates? I will tell you why: it is the price we pay for success.
On the *effectiveness* of the NEA - which is not to be confused with literacy, numeracy, etc.:
....not because of our creative ideas, it is not because of the merit of our positions, it is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.
"And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year."
The whole stomach-turning speech is below:
What on this over-heated Earth is more disgusting than that continual, raucous applause???
These are the
Thanks to my MIL for alerting me to this one.
If you care about your children....get started with John Gatto if you haven't already. Failure to do so by any literate parent is rank child abuse.