In a rather unsurprising — but nonetheless grotesque and disgusting — announcement last weekend, the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers union in the country, openly declared its explicit support for “the fundamental right to abortion.” The whole thing happened during an assembly in Houston, where they reviewed and approved what was designated as Business Item 56, which states:
The NEA will honor the leadership of women, non-binary, and trans people, and other survivors who have come forward to publicly name their rapists and attackers in the growing, international #MeToo movement.
The document goes on to blame conservatives and President Trump for wanting to abolish women’s rights. Shocking, I know. Now, as psychotically insane and utterly evil as this whole thing actually is, it’s certainly not surprising. We’ve long since known that the NEA is a far leftwing organization and has been for decades. So, bashing the president and conservatives is sort of standard protocol for this group. What is disturbing, though, is just how large, powerful, and influential this institution has become and how comfortable it is with its explicitly declaring its beliefs. With over three million members spread throughout nearly every state in the nation, it’s almost a guarantee that at least one of these teachers, educators, or instructors is or will be in your child’s public school.
The question we must ask is this: If the NEA is willing to publicly and so audaciously declare its support for abortion — without the slightest bit of shame or remorse — what then would its most ardent supporters and loyal members be willing to say to innocent kids in the classroom behind closed doors? Let me be clear: I’m not arguing that every teacher out of the three million is a radical leftwing fanatic or an abortion zealot hellbent on indoctrinating children with progressive ideology. To paint the entire group with such a broad brush would be unfair. I don’t doubt that there are plenty of teachers with character and integrity who are members of the organization. Moreover, I don’t doubt that there are plenty of wonderful teachers in general. I personally had some great teachers during my years in private and public school. But, I am saying that it’s absolutely possible, and even likely, that there are indeed some teachers who would be, and are, more than comfortable with abortion indoctrination because their union is overwhelmingly outspoken about the subject and has now declared its support for it. And for those teachers who were already radical adherents to liberal ideology and the progressive tenets of education, this merely gives them an opportunity and a platform to bring issues like abortion into the classroom without fear of negative reprisals, consequences, or fallout.
As the son of a teacher — and as a student who was homeschooled, and endured both private and public school, as well as five years of state college — I know firsthand the vast amount of power that educators possess, not to mention the colossal influence that they wield over the children in their charge. Teachers are capable of molding and shaping the morals and value systems of their students. That’s not the sort of job that you want to leave to just anyone and it’s why homeschooling is probably one of the better education alternatives — because you as the parent have much more control over what your child is being taught. Even if you’re part of a co-op, you still have far more control over the subjects, the curriculums, and who your child interacts with on a regular basis than you would if he or she were in a private or public school.
It might sound like I’m rambling off talking points from The Great Homeschool Convention or something like that, but believe it or not, I speak from personal experience on this particular topic. You see, I was homeschooled up to the ninth grade and — although at the time I might have complained about being sheltered — I can now say in retrospect that those were truly some of the most fundamental and beneficially formative years of my life. My mother, armed not only with her natural instincts but also with a bachelors degree in elementary education, taught my brother, my sister, and I everything that we needed to know, while simultaneously raising us on basic biblical truths and moral principles. And even though my father was working full-time as an assistant pastor, he played a vital role in my education by teaching me early mathematics, Algebra, and other valuable life lessons.
Now obviously homeschooling isn’t a feasible option for everyone. There are single-parent situations where the mother or father has to work all day just to earn a living, and if there’s no co-op nearby or something of that nature, then public school typically becomes the only choice. Even in some double-parent scenarios, homeschooling still may not be an option if both incomes are required in order to support the family. That’s understandable and I am more than empathetic to those difficult circumstances.
However, I don’t think that we can simply ignore the reality that we’ve reached a place in our society where the public school system could be — and so often is — a potential threat to the psychological and spiritual safety of our children, particularly if they find themselves in a classroom where radical leftwing indoctrination will take place, no matter how subtle or subliminal it may be. The statements from the NEA are just the most recent example. There will be another in a few days. And then another. And another. At the end of the day, the question that every parent must face is “What am I going to do about it?” Of course, the answer will be different for everyone. No two situations are alike and every parent-child scenario is unique. But, I think that if more parents chose to, at the very least, consider homeschooling as an option — even if only for the first few years — we would see real change in this nation, and far less leftwing ideology in the public school realm. It's at least worth a try, isn't it?