The above video is Bob Chanin the former top lawyer for the NEA, the largest teacher’s union in America, with over 3 million dues-paying members, explaining what the role of the NEA is (from 2009):
Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.
And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year, because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.
…This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary. These are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay. [emphasis added]
Source: transcript of NEA Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell video
So, got it? Here are the NEA’s priorities:
- Due Process
- Employee Rights
- Collective Bargaining
- Closing Achievement Gaps
- Reducing Dropout Rates
- Improving Teacher Quality (and the like)
YouTube video: NEA Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell video
Michelle Malkin website