We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Gwynnie ... Is that the National Education Association or "that *other NEA? If it's the National Education Association, they're showing their Socialist roots again, aren't they. I noted on another site that they have eliminated George Orwell and Winston Churchill as being unimportant.
Guess we grown-up parents are going to have to purchase Orwell and Churchill and set up our own home education, since the NEA is failing us. Maybe we should reconsider the home-schooling thing. Lord knows, the little ones aren't learning much of anything in their schools run by "professional educators."
Okay, Meta -- I'm ducking for cover now. You are the splendid exception that proves the rule.
The NEA can recommend books until the cows come home, but they cannot force a school or teacher to teach one. The NEA also cannot ban books. They do not have that power.
I recommend to myself Alinsky's books. Know thy enemy and all that. Knowledge is power. Anyone in the teaching profession should know Alinsky's tactics in order to explain, in appropriate situations, how masses of people lose power. That concept is alien to most Americans, and now that socialism is being jammed down our throats, we need a hard lesson in how in the hell it happened, and how easily the masses were duped.
Marianne, I am not a 'splendid exception'. I am one of many, many teachers who become splendid because they love what they do. Just like journalists, doctors, farmers, nurses.... and all who take pride in doing the right thing. America is full of such people.
Meta- love the "know thy enemy" strategy, and agree. However, the issue is whether the NEA is recommending utilization of Alinsky tactics to its members, and the language of the review is pretty clear in that direction - use lies, deception and fear (terror) in order to accomplish radical ends.
So Meta, as our insider, what would the ends be that the NEA espouses, in pursuit of which it must utilize Alinsky tactics?
I read the NEA site carefully to see if I could pick up any sign of an attempt at a radical movement, but I couldn't. They were too careful. But they did cover every little detail, didn't they? They were careful not to use the word 'read' - just that they recommend it. I think they're playing with fire, and I have no doubt they will lose members over this and receive a ton of furious mail. Teachers are tired of being made out to be the villains in education, and something as asinine as this 'recommendation' does nothing but hurt teachers' images more.
The thing is, second to Walmart, schools have the highest number of employees, and those employees cover every county in every state. I think it's safe to say those teachers are split about 50/50 conservatives vs. liberals. Anyone in the upper echelon of the NEA who thinks he can start a movement is kidding himself. As well, teachers are too busy to be burdened with going off subject, and for most teachers, they wouldn't lift a hand to help their local NEA chapters.
I can't answer your question directly because it is just too bizarre to contemplate that the NEA might actually, overtly attempt radicalization when cooler minds know it would fail.
It will be interesting to see what happens.