A candidate for NEA President named Mark Airgood, a Vice President candidate named Ceresta Smith, and two Executive Committee candidates, named Tania Kappner and Ed Guzman, all took to the microphones to give their candidate speeches to the 7,300+ delegation. They all belong to a group called, "BAMN." BAMN, which stands for, By Any Means Necessary, is leading a new leftist civil rights movement and according to them, the far right is nothing more than a racist group of people who are actively trying to impose new Jim Crow laws on the Latinos and blacks. According to BAMN's journal, The Liberator (Vol.7, No.2), youth leadership for their cause is key. Direct quote: "Developing a militant, politically conscious, left-wing youth leadership for our new movement is everything. The boldest, most determined, and angriest leaders of our new civil rights movement thus far have emerged from the high schools and middle schools."
These four candidates for NEA's highest positions have this militant Marxist ideology. These four people are teachers. They teach innocent kids. I have never been in their classrooms, but I can't imagine they hold their beliefs to themselves. By the amount of hatred in their eyes during their speeches today, their stressed necks, bulging veins, fist pounding, heightened tone, I have to believe that they spread their venom to their students on a daily basis. They are using their classrooms to indoctrinate.
Over and over again they mentioned mass civil disobedience, that we must wage war on the right, the enemies of education must be crushed, RESIST, the time is now! The delegation cheered their messages. I don't think they'll have a chance of winning. They are going against beloved incumbents, but their tone brought applause, and that is a concern to me. It shows that their extreme views are accepted. We vote tomorrow. I'll post the results then.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Where The NEA Could Be Heading
It's nowhere good, if these are the people at the helm: