Well for most teachers I believe that is the case, but for those in the NEA who are involved in "Grass Roots" organizing, they may have been influenced by a little more than reading, writing and arithmetic.
According to the NEA website, the Radical Communist Saul Alinsky's Book, "Rules for Radicals" is recommended reading to all of their members :
" of our Association who are involved in grassroots organizing, especially Association Representatives (ARs) — also known as building reps or shop stewards — and leaders at local affiliates"
Here is a screen shot from the NEA website:
The NEA describes Saul Alinsky as :
"the father of, and pre-imminent expert in, grassroots organizing"
But according to Discover the networks.com, he was a revolutionary who believed in a gradual "Change" of society:
"Alinsky's brand of revolution was not characterized by dramatic, sweeping, overnight transformations of social institutions. As Richard Poe puts it, "Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. The trick was to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties." He advised organizers and their disciples to quietly, subtly gain influence within the decision-making ranks of these institutions, and to introduce changes from that platform."
So Alinksy's concept of radically changing society was not to have a Revolution overnight but to infiltrate the "Institutions" such as Unions.. Like the NEA. So that from these areas of influence they may introduce "changes" to Society. Or in the NEA's case, possible influence over future generations.
Now the NEA does try to say the reason that they feel they can recommend Saul Alinsky's books is because a Conservative wrote a book called "Rules for Conservative Radicals" using Saul Aslinsky's work as a template. Therefore the NEA is being non-partisan in making the recommendation.
But what they fail to mention is that the only reason an Author wrote "Rules for Conservative Radicals" is because the left in this country have been using Saul Alinksy's books as a blueprint for their political activity. So in order for the right to counter Saul Alinsky's tactics they must first know them. So the NEA's attempt to make the works of a radical communist a recommendation for their members a non-issue fails miserably.
It would be one thing if a teacher read it on their own, but for an organization that has such influence over your children to recommend such a radical piece of literature to their members so that it may help them with their jobs as a Member of the NEA is disturbing....at the very least.
To see the recommendation on the NEA website Go To:
To Read about Saul Alinsky Go To:
Thanks to my reader who made me aware of this situation.