I’m not leaving for the NEA RA until tomorrow.
But apparently the coo coo birds have beaten me there.
If you read this blog regularly you know that I stand for many things. And I don’t stand quietly.
I spent my professional career fighting the obsession with standardized testing.
I have fought for the right to collectively bargain for every private sector and public sector worker.
I have my differences with my union leadership and nobody can accuse me of being shy about bringing them up. I’ve brought it up for thirty years.
So, when I got this in my email today from a group called United Opt Out National, I was taken aback.
We issue this challenge with the optimism that the NEA is still an organization that cares more about the unique needs of students than back-room partnerships. And should Mr. Van Roekel fail to live up to his responsibility and make such a statement, we encourage each and every representative attending the NEA Representative Assembly to stand up and insist that these issues be brought forward, discussed, and voted on by the entire assembly. We remind every representative that they, too, have a mission, a voice, and a right to be heard. Please, this week, put integrity and the needs of students first. Bring a resolution denouncing high stakes testing and common core to the floor of the assembly. Do it now, for next year may be too late.
Should the NEA, its members, leadership, and President choose to remain silent on these issues, we will be forced to advocate for the erosion of support for the NEA and its mission, ultimately leading to its unfortunate, yet deserved, dissolution. Thus, the NEA’s eventual eradication as a legitimate organization in support of public education will be met with a bittersweet jubilation. Make no mistake: we do not negotiate with children’s lives. We hope you don’t either.
If the NEA RA doesn’t take the stand that this group demands they will advocate for the eradication of my union with (bittersweet?) jubilation?
I hope they’re planning on coming with some troops. I don’t stand quietly when Scott Walker and Rahm Emanuel talk that talk. I certainly won’t be quiet if I run into these people.
These folks are crazy.