Submitted by Pad Finnigan.
People with Marxist beliefs are infiltrating nearly all corners of American society. One well-known Marxist tool is so-called democratic-socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders who has written the $3.5 trillion federal spending bill now being debated in the Senate. If passed, it would turn America dramatically socialist, possibly irretrievably.
And the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers’ union in the country, is one of the largest financial backers of socialist causes and politicians around. It is a political powerhouse, another tool in the Marxists’ tool belts.
As Maxford Nelson, Director of Labor Policy at the Freedom Foundation, learned, the NEA’s interest is not entirely for the teachers or schools. Its neo-Marxist ideology makes it a major proponent of slavery reparations, defunding the police, banning voter ID requirements around the country and other social engineering ideas that have nothing to do with education. It’s first a political organization.
Of course, the NEA advocates strongly for Critical Race Theory. Nelson learned that in the union’s 2021 Representative Assembly, the leadership formally endorsed CRT. But they suddenly removed that record from their website, only to be discovered in archives by the Freedom Foundation.
In an August 24, 2021 paper, Nelson laid out the extreme stands the NEA takes on race and CRT in its “Racial Justice in Education Resource Guide”:
- Whites are privileged because of their race
- Being colorblind is racist
- Only whites can be racist
- Structural racism is everywhere
- Failure to take antiracist actions is racist
- The government must solve racism
In the final section of its Action Planning Guide, the NEA said fighting racism means supporting left-wing policies, including eliminating school resource officers, divesting from prisons, comprehensive immigration reform, defending Dreamers, support BLM actions, criminal re-enfranchisement and gerrymandering.
In Washington state, both the Washington Education Association (WEA) and the Clover Park Education Association (CPEA) are affiliates of the NEA and support and follow directions from above. They join teachers’ unions around the country in sending millions of dollars of teachers’ union dues to the NEA for political efforts. Both are Marxist tools too.
The WEA supported, and probably lobbied the Legislature and governor (Democrats among them get massive donations from teachers’ union dues money) to pass the law that recently required all teachers be educated on CRT concepts.
The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Education (OSPI) is another Marxist tool that controls state education policy. It is in league with the three levels of teachers’ unions, national, state, and local. Its “Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan Planning Guide 2021” says it will transform K-12 education “…by developing equity-base policies…” Read CRT. The Guide holds up as examples to emulate statements by several school districts about racism in their districts.
So, in summary, we know that critical race theory, also labeled as equity policies, comes from Marxist academics pursuing a socialist government. Their theory substituted racial divisions for class warfare as a step toward stoking a socialist revolution.
We know that all the education unions support CRT, and that the Clover Park School District is in business with the teachers’ union to employ all its teachers in accordance with their contract. The state Legislature, governor, and OSPI have each issued racially oriented directives to all school districts.
And like all the above proponents, the district ignores the true objective of the Marxists and is intent on installing racially-segregating-type policies into its curriculum without revealing any proof or data showing it will improve student academic learning.
It feels like we’re surrounded but we’re not beaten.
Concerned citizens of Lakewood need to stand up and strongly protest the district’s equity proposal. Attend the school board meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 and speak up. Community groups across the nation have done so and stopped similar measures before. We can too.
Then come November’s general election, change the makeup of the school board by voting for David Anderson and Jeff Brown.