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NEA pushes propaganda

I empathize with public school teachers when they have to put up with the left-wing, liberal principles of their union – the NEA. But to the extent they buy in to NEA propaganda, I feel worse for the children who are inevitably taught those principles.

The NEA is pushing a potentially damaging view of 9/11 into lesson plans. They want the teachers to discuss American bigotry and intolerance (which schools and the media do year round under the guise of multiculturalism); to link past intolerances to 9/11; and to teach that – at a minimum – one should reserve judgment regarding who is to blame for 9/11, and then to suggest that perhaps the U.S. should shoulder some of the blame.

The NEA and their followers do not understand U.S. and Middle East history, the meaning of terrorism, and the concepts of cause and effect and tolerance. First, everyone is morally responsible for making judgments in such cases; one has to distinguish between violent, unprovoked totalitarian countries (Arab nations) and peaceful, freedom-loving capitalist countries (U.S. and Israel). Second, where “tolerance” is taught to mean impartiality and respect for others regardless of their values and actions, it is not a virtue.

9/11 is a date to remember how strong we are as a nation, how fortunate we are to live in a country with individual freedoms, and how right we are to do whatever is necessary in the war against terrorism. Teachers should tell the children that the U.S. is a great and just nation that was attacked by evil people and is responding appropriately and heroically – period.

Since the latter is not likely to happen and there are moral and political issues being addressed here, I recommend that you either take your children out of school that day and privately discuss 9/11, or attend the appropriate classes to monitor what is taught.

Tom DeChaine

Penn Valley

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