Dear Board of Education,
I know that Greenwich Education Association (GEA) is part of NEA.
So what are the vital issues impacting education and the new policies according to the NEA?
NEA held a special three-day session on racial and social justice. A number of resources were included for educators on the subject, including a collection of White Supremacy Culture Resources with links to books like “White Fragility” by Robin D’Angelo — the book that Superintendent Toni Jones passed out to Greenwich educators a couple summers ago — and the Peggy McIntosh White Privilege Survey, which was also administered to Greenwich students a couple years ago.
NEA provided extensive LGBTQ+ information, tools, and resources “to support transgender and non-binary students, to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ history in their classrooms, and to stop LGBTQ+ bias and intolerance in public schools.” One of the recommendations includes discarding the words “mother” and “father” in order to be more inclusive.
You may recall that a teacher at Glenville Elementary School already tried to replace "Mother's Day" and "Father's Day" with "Important Persons Day'' earlier this year, but her effort failed after backlash from parents.
NEA offered information on what to know about transgender laws with a special focus on sports and gender-affirming health care. By the way, NEA specifically asserts that, "Republican lawmakers in state legislatures across the country are attacking transgender youth in order to divide us.” Is the NEA composed of only democrats?
Additionally, NEA partners with the controversial group, GLSEN, which seems to be the touchpoint for getting the transgender activist agenda into schools. If you recall, GLSEN also provided a "free" Rainbow Library with highly sexualized books to Greenwich Schools. The GHS librarian even made a "shrine" out of the Rainbow Library.
Other topics at the conference included nationwide mandatory masking and mandatory COVID vaccines, taking aim at Florida’s anti-grooming bill, addressing “climate justice” and “environmental racism”, posting US representatives' and senators’ positions on NEA-supported gun laws, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the presence of systemic “homophobia” and “transphobia” in schools, and alleged “right wing attacks” on school board members.
That sounds like quite a politically-motivated conference.
But it leaves me wondering why this divisive, left-wing political organization is allowed to operate inside our schools. Especially when most parents I know want nothing more than to depoliticize schools, and focus on academics and learning loss due to Covid.
Can you please explain to me why you allow such a blatant political activist organization to drive policy inside our schools? Will Greenwich Schools be adopting any of the radical, politically-biased suggestions detailed by NEA?
Parents have a right to know.
Especially since Superintendent Toni Jones has previously implemented the NEA's recommendations without question.
For example, Jones promoted critical race theory-inspired materials, including White Fragility and the Peggy McIntosh Survey, both of which were (and still are) recommended by the NEA. What's to stop her from implementing more of this radical agenda?
She has already implemented controversial social emotional learning (SEL) programs without Board approval, in direct violation of Connecticut Education law and your own Policies and Procedures. SEL was another NEA agenda item.
When did the unions take over education policy anyway? Isn't that your job?
Parents are sick and tired of seeing schools politicized like this. We want our schools to focus on academics instead of social justice and cultural Marxism.
This divisive political agenda will destroy our schools.