The National Education Association Attack On Education

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Here is the group that is well recognized as one of the greatest barriers to the improvement of study in America --- The National Education Association.

Why do they oppose the "No Child Left Behind Act?"

Because this Act starts the process of making schools, and teachers, accountable for successful results -- not just putting in time and drawing a paycheck.

There are millions of teachers who probably do want to see better results.  But, they are so stuck in the failures in their past, their own failures, that the can do nothing now but justify their teaching techniques, and blame the government for not giving them enough money.  That is the usual claim, although there are more.

I would not be surprised if the NEA eventually finds THIS page and then threatens to sue me for showing you this disgrace.




The Issue

Click on the video clips below to see what NEA members are saying about "No Child Left Behind." Video clips are updated frequently.

Karen Mahurin

Education Support Professionals
Karen Mahurin, permanent office substitute, Salem-Keizer School District, OR. (:33)  56k, Broadband

Brian Freeman

Labeling Children, Teachers and Schools
Brian Freeman, teacher, Peterson Elementary School, Red Springs, NC. (:15) 56k, Broadband

Lynn Mochizuki

Lynn Mochizuki, teacher, Benjamin Parker Elementary School, Kanneohe, HI (:30) 56k, Broadband

The National Education Association has consistently sought to guarantee every child an equal opportunity to succeed in our nation's public schools. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was enacted in 1965 to provide guidance and funds to K-12 schools.

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 (the latest revision of ESEA) presents real obstacles to helping students and strengthening public schools because it focuses on:

  • punishments rather than assistance
  • mandates rather than support for effective programs
  • privatization rather than teacher-led, family-oriented solutions

NEA is committed to meeting the goals of the legislation -- high standards and high expectations for every child.

NEA is also committed to increasing the effectiveness of the flagship education law in the areas of academic achievement (adequate yearly progress), annual testing, teacher and paraprofessional quality, and school improvement.

The Solution

NEA will support that commitment through an unprecedented public awareness, legislative lobbying, and member empowerment campaign - working for the things children need to be successful.

NEA's efforts will focus on the following goals:

  • Continue as the leading advocate for high standards and strong accountability in public education at the state and local levels.
  • Pursue flexibility that supports student learning.
  • Increase support for teacher quality programs to recruit, train, and retain highly qualified educators for America's classrooms.
  • Make sure students, teachers, and schools are evaluated by more than just test scores 
  • Provide parents and policymakers information that helps get at the causes of school failure, not just the effects.
  • Fully fund successful elementary and secondary education programs such as Title I to help children with math and reading.
  • Make struggling students and schools a priority.

The Resources

Learn more about what's in the law (PL 107-110).

Share your concerns with Congress or your state legislature.

See NEA Resources for more help including ESEA/NCLB-related brochures, research, and comments from NEA President Reg Weaver and other experts.