NEA Says Its Members “Strongly Support” Common Core?
Here we go again with the CCSS support propaganda from an organization that has accepted millions from Bill Gates to promote the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
The National Education Association (NEA) wants you to want CCSS.
It conducted a survey.
NEA has decided to fully follow in the American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT’s) footsteps. AFT accepted Gates money for promoting the CCSS; so did NEA. AFT conducted a survey in which it reported that teachers “overwhelmingly” approved of CCSS; NEA now has its own survey in which it reports that its members “strongly support” CCSS. The AFT survey result actually showed that most teachers surveyed “somewhat approve” of CCSS, yet AFT spun the result as one of “overwhelming” approval. Now NEA is spinning its 50% CCSS approval with “some reservations” as “strong approval.”
NEA must spread this “strong” approval message, for it has accepted millions to promote this message– just like AFT has.
NEA believes that the standards have the potential to have an enormous impact on student learning, but in order to fulfill the standards’ worthy goals, teachers must be provided with the time, tools and resources to help make implementation a success.
And here is the Gates-CCSS money for NEA:
Date: July 2013
Purpose: to support a cohort of National Education Association Master Teachers in the development of Common Core-aligned lessons in K-5 mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts
Amount: $3,882,600 [Emphasis added.]
Just as there was Gates-CCSS money for AFT:
Date: June 2012
Purpose: to support the AFT Innovation Fund and work on teacher
development and Common Core State Standards
Amount: $4,400,000 [Emphasis added.]
Thus, the NEA declaration of “strong support” is suspect, especially if one reads the immediate contradiction evident in its own reporting:
According to a new poll by the National Education Association, the Common Core State Standards are strongly supported by its members. Roughly two-thirds of educators are either wholeheartedly in favor of the standards (26 percent) or support them with “some reservations” (50 percent). [Emphasis added.]
Don’t miss this because this would have been the honest way to report: Strong support is not 26% wholeheartedly in favor.
Half of NEA members surveyed expressed reservations regarding CCSS. Thus, the NEA survey result reflects modest support.
13% of their 1200 members (teachers?) surveyed offered no opinion.
At least NEA reported actual percentages for its categories. AFT glaringly omitted this step in its spring declaration of “overwhelming” CCSS approval.
Nothing to see here, folks.
On behalf of NEA, allow me to apologize for the waste of your time.