Promise from Nikita Khrushchev

My analysis of a blog entry I read today, from Alyson Klein at Education Week, leads me to the expectation that the membership of the National Education Association (NEA) is disappointed at the outcome of the election after they invested $40M to influence the outcome for Democrats. [1]

Union teachers dominate the public school system.  These teachers exert ideological influence over children for far more total hours than parents. Since most people send their students to public school, conservatives ought to consider the implications of alignment of the NEA with the “progressive” movement toward bigger government.

If one generalizes, liberal thinking dominates academia. This bent is evident to anyone who has pursued a bachelor’s degree while trying to hold on to a conservative viewpoint. A young man or woman who enters higher education will usually not be swayed from his or her religious faith or political ideology if indeed they are personal convictions. If those views are only vaguely recognized as parental preferences, the ideas will likely not stand the test of twelve to sixteen years of relentless contrary indoctrination.

Don’t be surprised, conservatives, that the country keeps moving to the left.   What can we do?

Remember those inalienable rights? They come with enumerated responsibilities. Responsibility for education of children belongs to the parents:

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

A parent may delegate some work to a teacher. The parent may not delegate the responsibility:

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 – Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

To sum up these ideas, if one wants children to hold on to the views of the parents, implement a determined and proactive program of training at home. Personally, I strongly advocate home schooling. The children will end up better educated, and there will be less liberal programming to counter. Adding injury to insult, census data indicates the average cost of elementary and secondary education in the United States for the 2006/7 School year approached $10,000 per student ($8769 per student in Iowa). [2] With that kind of money, home school parents could load the kids on a plane and study art at the Louvre.  Conservatives are paying big to have their progeny indoctrinated in progressivism.

The view of the NEA is that progressives are more likely to throw money at the “broken” education system. Their support of Democrats is a reciprocal arrangement.  Just follow the money, there’s no mystery.

I leave you with a quote from Nikita Khrushchev:

“I once said, “We will bury you,” and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.”

[1]  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2010/11/the_national_education_associa.html?intc=mvsh

[2]  (http://www2.census.gov/govs/school/07f33pub.pdf)

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7 Responses to “Promise from Nikita Khrushchev”

  1. Ed Darrell Says:

    Where do union teachers dominate any school system? In our biggest two states, the teachers unions either are quite powerless (California), or nonexistent (Texas — state law forbids teachers unions). In most of the U.S., there are no functioning teachers unions, and in many jurisdictions union actions are prohibited by law.

    NEA has stood for good education for its entire existence, understanding that education is delivered by the soldier in the trenches, the teachers, and that those who disregard the foot soldiers of education generally don’t know much about fighting ignorance, nor will they be successful in finding policies that work to fight ignorance while denigrating the foot soldiers.

    NEA urges teachers to understand that parents are a key tool to education success. Parents declaring war on teachers is unlikely to produce the working relationship education of children requires.

    • writewild Says:

      According to the NEA website, the union boasts 3.2 million members, making it the largest labor union in the United States. I’m not so concerned with school system domination as the systematic indoctrination of students under the progressive agenda. That which, apparently, you call “good”. We’ll have to disagree.

  2. Ed Darrell Says:

    3.2 million members includes way more than 100,000 in Texas, where teacher union actions are illegal.

    My question was more pointed: Where do unions dominate any school system?

    If you’re opposed to the Progressive agenda, you’re in the wrong country. Better democracy (as in the 17th Amendment), anti-corruption measures, clean food, clean water, effective and safe drugs, women’s suffrage, child welfare, good fathers — what could be more anti-American than opposing that?

    How does one act anti-progressive? You have a picture of Teddy Roosevelt to throw darts at?

    Seriously, anyone who professes to oppose the progressive agenda should spend a long time studying history — really studying it this time.

  3. Ed Darrell Says:

    Certainly I would never use David Barton in class. That would be unethical. His work is notoriously inaccurate, and biased, against the views of the founders and against serious study of original documents in history, and against the facts. His fantastic inventions against religious freedom and the First Amendment are legendary among lawyers and historians.

    I note that nothing on that page you refer to says anything about progressives. I don’t think Barton knew about the progressive movement until recently — he’s lived on misquoting and misleading about the founders a hundred years earlier for so long.

  4. Ed Darrell Says:

    I had three links in my last post — too many for your spam filter.

    Will you kindly rescue my post from the spam filter?

    Thank you.

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