This isn’t breaking news or anything, but I’m trying to get my head around this one:

            The longer I’m a member of the National Education Association, the more disturbed and concerned I become with some of its practices and leadership.  It has now been brought to my attention that the NEA’s Deputy Executive Director John Stocks is also on the Democracy Alliances’s Board of Directors.  Why is this a concern?  Because, according to its website, the Democracy Alliance is an organization that “was created to build progressive infrastructure that could help counter the well-funded and sophisticated conservative apparatus in the areas of civic engagement, leadership, media, and ideas.”

            The website describes Stocks as a “national leader in the fight to transform America’s public schools and progressive social change.” It is no longer a secret that the progressive goal is big government with largely secular ideology.  Of course, each educator is entitled to possess his/her own political views, and one should not be condemned for that.  Perhaps Mr. Stocks is able to keep his Progressive goals for America separate from his goals for the educational system, but it’s doubtful considering that, as NEA’s Deputy Executive Director, Stocks has worked toward “transforming its political organization.”  There is no doubt that Stocks is trying to get the NEA on board with his Progressive agenda.  The question in my mind now is how will this trickle into the classroom and influence what our children are being taught. 

 For more on the Democracy Alliance, visit its website at http://www.democracyalliance.org/home

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