Wednesday, October 07, 2009

NEA departing general counsel says NEA is effective because they have power

Robert Chanin, the recent general counsel for the National Education Association, explains:

Despite what some of us would like to believe, it is 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.

He goes on to list how the NEA uses the power. They use it to help teachers. They use it to protect teachers. They use it to make sure teachers have jobs. (They also use their political power to push various agendas having little to do with education.)

The NEA, dispite all the PR, doesn't do much to help the children.

Too many parents believe what the NEA says. Parents need to wake up and realize that the teachers union is doing almost nothing to improve public education.

(Hat tip: Big Government)

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Ruralmama said...

Gosh, I think that's the most honest thing the NEA has said in a long, long while!

I'm flummoxed; what's their angle?

Henry Cate said...

I think Robert Chanin was speaking to an NEA gathering and may not have realized that his words would go public.

Often people tend to be more open when they are just talking about their friends.