NEA’s plan to indoctrinate child activists thwarted

Grandiose words get a workout these days. Even the most discerning ears become inured to the overuse of “awesome” and “amazing.” Nevertheless, their equally tired adjective partner “outrageous” works to describe this headshaker:  

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, offered a $5,000 Learning and Leadership Grant to two Wisconsin teachers who intended to use the funds to “help first and second grade students” become “activists.”

The description of the grant for teachers Andrea Burmesch and Tara Krueger of Muskego Elementary, a public K – 4 school read:  Ms. Burmesch and a team of colleagues will develop a critical literacy inquiry based unit of study to help their first and second grade students understand the role that power plays in their lives. The teachers will learn how visual literacy and technology, particularly website and podcast development, can be used by students to create activist messages that make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others. The students will create their messages around issues important to their lives.

Then Mark Belling, the afternoon drive time host on News/Talk 1130 WISN-AM inMilwaukee took up the issue, questioning the use of grant funds to turn seven-and-eight-year-olds into activists for the NEA.

Muskego-Norway Superintendent Joe Schroeder responded to an inquiry from Belling, and noted “upon inspection, I found a description of the grant that, while rooted in the development of critical thinkers and positive community members, was described with some very concerning language,” the Muskego Patch reports.

Schroeder said he had specific concerns over “helping first and second grade students ‘understand the role that power plays in their lives’ in effort to ‘create activist messages’ is language that, especially under the umbrella of a national union’s grant foundation, can understandably raise concern.”

This is that “national union” — the NEA:

Here is a sampling of “activists“:

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5 Responses to NEA’s plan to indoctrinate child activists thwarted

  1. Matt DeGennaro says:

    None of this should surprise anyone with common sense. The NEA and all of the state ed unions are liberal to the core. This summer, thousands of members assembled in Nevada for their annual conference and voted to increase their own dues in order to be able to give a heftier chunk to Barack Obama. These are the people your kids are spending the majority of their weekdays with. These are the people who are influencing them to a greater extent than their parents are. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  2. Maggie says:

    The “occupiers” don’t even have sensible reasons when they are asked what they are protesting. Most of them are spoiled, educated on someone else’s dime and are mostly repudiating the values of their parents. That’s the type of sheeple the NEA would like to replicate.

  3. American Dad says:

    It’s good that Superintendent Joe Schroeder backed off of this educrat nuttiness, but I wonder if he actually supports their goals. He was publicly called out and had to respond reasonably to quell the insurrection that was sure to occur.

  4. sherriaz says:

    Teaching was once a proud profession and was esteemed when I was in school. Not anymore. With teachers dating and bedding students like rabbits on steroids, twisting U.S. history to suit their own agendas, being involved in “gender identification” issues and supporting every lib on the planet as they push towards socialism, it is no wonder that parents with the means are removing their kids from public schools.

    We as concerned citizens and parents need to do a little occupying ourselves- of the classrooms, of board meetings and individual sessions with the teachers. The return to the basics, which made our country one of the best educated in the world, is long overdue and the homeschoolers ( of which I was one ) are now turning out some of the best educated kids.

    • Night Owl says:

      Sherriaz:
      Once again, you nailed it! My thoughts exactly, although I’m not nearly as eloquent as you. Schools are not the same, nor are the teachers. I remember mine commanding respect and actually teaching. Today indoctrination by unionists is the order of the day, with fun and games thrown in as diversion. I actually believe the point is not to educate too well. Less knowledgeable sheep are easier to lead to the socialist well.
      Bravo to you for homeschooling! I suspect you did a fine job.