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Washington, DC - June 27, 2022: National Education Association entry at the DC Headquarters.Shutterstock

(LifeSiteNews) — The National Education Association, America’s largest teacher’s union, describes itself as “more than 3 million people—educators, students, activists, workers, parents, neighbors, friends—who believe in opportunity for all students and in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society.” That is an admirably transparent description of an organization that sees public education not as a public service so much as an ideological tool with which to mold the minds of generations of Americans in their own progressive image. 

The NEA has been at the center of many controversies of late as LGBT activists become more brazen in their attempts to inject their ideology into every aspect of the curriculum and parents have begun protesting in response. One of their latest moves, however, is a microcosmic example of what the NEA stands for and why it is so dangerous. The NEA published a summer reading list titled “Great Summer Reads for Educators!”, and the titles they chose to include are indicative of their agenda.

One of their top recommendations is Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe, which they describe as “about identifying outside the gender binary.” Kobabe’s book is deceitfully described as “banned,” a disingenuous reference to the fact that many parents and teachers were upset to discover that a book filled with explicit pornography was being included in school libraries where both elementary and secondary school students had access to it. Gender Queer is a graphic novel that features shocking drawings of sex scenes, including detailed depictions of homosexual oral sex accompanied by descriptions of various sex acts. Gender Queer meets every definition of porn, but is defended by the NEA and other LGBT activists as essential for kids.

Gender Queer also includes information about dildos and sexting. Again, this book is not only being recommended for educators—it is being recommended for children, and defended by the largest labor union in America (as well as plenty of school boards in Canada and elsewhere). As the New York Post observed, when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tried to show images from the books his administration was removing from public school libraries, news outlets had to cut away from the press conference because the pictures were too graphic for TV—although not too graphic for children. The NEA wants to corrupt children, and one way they do that is by describing pornographic material as a “banned book.” 

The short list of 11 books recommended by the NEA also includes Ready Player One, a dystopian novel removed from Florida middle schools for swearing and a plotline which included a sex robot and Milo and Marcos at the End of the World by Kevin Christopher Snipes. Snipes’ novel features a young boy who believes God is “punishing him for being gay,” and portrays religious people negatively (naturally). The NEA also recommends Robin DiAngelo’s insufferable White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, in which DiAngelo unfortunately does not find it difficult at all (but has made a fortune leveraging the book into getting very expensive speaking engagements).  

It’s important to note here that the NEA, which was founded in 1857, isn’t some rogue progressive school board. Again, they are the largest teacher’s union in the United States, and they wield an enormous amount of power over what children learn in school as well as which resources shape the minds and worldviews of educators. Not insignificantly, they laughably claim to be non-partisan while donating exclusively to Democrats. Public education is not—if it ever was—a service provided by the government to its citizens. It is a system in which progressive radicals allied with the Democratic Party transmit their values to the upcoming generation. Parents should respond accordingly.  

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.