NEA’s Diversity Events

by Tammy Drennan

On its web site, the National Education Association has a nifty list of what it calls “Diversity Events” for the entire year.

All manner of religious holidays show up on the list, as well as things like Independence Day and Ghandi’s birthday. Then there are things you might expect, like International Literacy Day; some cutesy celebrations that may or may not do any good, like No Name Calling Week; and a few truly odd things, like “Completion of Transcontinental Railroad in 1869” (though what these have to do with diversity is a mystery).

But maybe the oddest item of all on the list is the one celebrated on October 1st — “Communist China Established.”

Here’s the little paragraph that accompanies it:

In Tiananmen Square in 1949, Mao Zedong, chairman of the Communist Party of China, proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, saying that the “Chinese people have stood up!”

The Chinese people stood up another time in Tiananmen Square, and got plowed down, but that event is not on the list.

Overall, it’s a fairly benign list, but this one item says a lot.

In spite of any set-backs the NEA has experienced in its battle against charter schools and vouchers and tenure-attacks, it is still largely the voice of public education today — the place to see where public schools are headed. It’s a big, well-funded and powerful voice at every political level, and you can be sure that a lot of savvy people working for the organization are plotting effective ways to counter the attacks on its agendas.

In the meantime, schools get worse, society coarsens, children suffer, and reformers keep thinking they have some special power — people power — that will eventually bring the NEA to its senses or its knees.

It ain’t gonna happen. Maybe that’s why the NEA celebrates Mao’s triumph.

Of course, we don’t live in communist China, so we have a choice.

We can choose to take all the energy and enthusiasm and good ideas and money we’re now throwing at public schools and create a better way. A free way. A hopeful way that will truly serve the needs of all children.

It’s something the public schools have been claiming expertise at, while demonstrating the opposite, for 160 years. Isn’t it time to face the fact that they can’t or won’t do it? Isn’t it time to take things into our own hands?

No matter how much the NEA identifies with Chairman Mao, they can’t plow us down.


6 Responses to NEA’s Diversity Events

  1. Mia says:

    Maybe it’s because we are up to our eyeballs in debt to China? Maybe it’s a ploy to be more friendly toward our benefactors so they don’t get mad and call in their “loans”…

  2. tdbwd says:


    Hi. Well, it’s hard to say. It’s always tough to judge other people’s (or organization’s) motives. You just have to go by appearances sometimes. And the appearances in this case aren’t too good. Whether the motive is a true admiration of Mao or kowtowing, it makes the NEA look pretty bad.

    Thanks much for shedding another possible light on the topic.


  3. wintertime says:

    Teachers are responsible for the NEA. Teachers **are** the NEA!

    Teachers **alone** make this organization what it is. Parents don’t. Legislators don’t. School boards have no influence over this organization, and certainly students don’t shape NEA policy.

    So…When we see the NEA what we are looking at **is** the heart and soul of our nation’s teachers. No one is holding a gun to the heads of teachers and forcing them to vote for their NEA local representatives. They **willingly** write checks to support this organization and, in exchange, they **willingly** accept a paycheck and benefits. Again, no one is forcing them to do this.

    If NEA is disgusting it is because teachers willingly make this organization what it is.

  4. tdbwd says:


    A very good — and sobering — point.

    Thank you.


  5. wintertime says:

    I am reminded of the 2000 Democratic Convention.

    Government teachers were the largest single occupation represented at that convention. Do you remember the gaily colored pro-abortion buttons and banners decorating their lapels and hats as they wildly cheered the Philanderer and Chief, Bill Clinton, as he made his triumphant march through the bowels of the convention center?

    These are the people who teach our nation’s children. These are the people who proudly celebrate their support of partial birth abortion. Can anyone imagine wearing a button on a lapel that **proudly** proclaims their support for the dismemberment of innocent pre-born infants? ..or…The shoving of scissors into the skulls of partially born infants just seconds from their first breath, scrambling their brains, and sucking the gelatinous mass into surgical suction jars?

    I wonder if they serve cookies and milk with that?

    These **are** the people who make up the NEA. These **are** the people teaching our nation’s children!

    I pray daily that God will somehow save our nation.

  6. tdbwd says:


    I hope everyone who reads both your comments is paying very close attention. We make far too many excuses for teachers, as if they’re innocents being helplessly dragged along with a strong current. The truth is they are a loud, persistent and demanding voice — often demanding frightening and hideous things — and while there are exceptions, we can be sure the thousands who show up at NEA-endorsed events represent many more thousands who can’t make it.

    Thank you.


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