The largest national teachers' union in the country took to social media over the weekend to reaffirm its contempt for parents and taxpayers. In a Saturday tweet, the National Education Association (NEA) suggested that the same people who advocated for stultifying school closures, masking, and the use of experimental vaccines in children "know better than anyone." The tweet was not well received.
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The NEA represents 3 million "educators," including public school teachers, staffers at colleges and universities, and aspiring indoctrinaires.
More than just a teachers' union, the NEA is a partisan force that doesn't simply seek to "advance the cause of public education," but supports abortion; amnesty for illegal aliens; gun bans; race-based admissions and hiring; LGBTQ activist-dictated pronoun use; statehood for the District of Columbia; making race the crux of all educational considerations; and BLM.
According to tax filings obtained by Fox News Digital, during the pandemic the NEA gave $200,000 to the George Soros-founded leftist group Democracy Alliance, which reportedly helps set up the Democratic agenda. It gave $100,000 to the Strategic Victory Fund, which boosted progressive candidates in battleground states.
The NEA gave $6.1 million to the New Jersey Education Association, which took out attack ads on parents who were critical of critical race and gender theories. The association also called on social media platforms to censor the speech of concerned parents online.
The NEA, whose president is a leftist partisan and a "fierce social justice warrior," knows which political causes to rally behind with taxpayers' money because it believes it knows best.
The union made that abundantly clear when its official Twitter account wrote, "Educators love their students and know better than anyone what they need to learn and to thrive."
The tweet was met with fierce criticism.
Corey A. DeAngelis, a senior fellow at American Federation for Children and executive director of the Educational Freedom Institute, replied, "They aren't your kids."
DeAngelis posted a survey posing the question, "Who knows best[?]" and respondents made clear it's not the NEA, with nearly 99% of over 4,400 respondents answering "parents."
Turning Point USA contributor Lauren Chen wrote, "Please keep telling parents that you know better how to raise their children. Seriously, keep going. School choice is getting a huge boost nationwide and I feel like we have you to thank for it."
Libs of TikTok similarly suggested that the NEA's post read like "an ad for school choice."
NEA's recent track record on helping kids 'thrive'
In spring 2020, the NEA called for all schools to be shut down, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had exempted them. The impact of these school shutdowns have been calamitous.
Recent studies have indicated that this decision by the collective of educators who "know better" has been linked to a significant spike in mental illness, suicide, and obesity, as well as to students' diminished immune systems.
"Children are still feeling the catastrophic effects of prolonged school closures all because teacher union leaders wrote the guidance that kept our schools closed," Caitland Sutherland, executive director of Americans for Public Trust, told Fox News Digital.
Politico reported that Pringle fought the Trump administration over its expressed desire to get children back into school. Pringle went so far as to call for former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' resignation for her insistence on educators getting back to the task of in-person educating.
NEA President Becky Pringle told Politico in 2020 that the NEA would mount strikes, protests, and sickouts, as well as file lawsuits against states like Florida, Iowa, and Georgia, in order to block reopening efforts.
The NEA and the American Federation of Teachers both reportedly did their best to slow-walk getting children back into school.
When kids were finally permitted to come back from isolation, the NEA issued guidelines stating that "vaccines must be pervasive to be effective" and called on state legislatures to help "minimize the numbers of unvaccinated students to those necessary."
Extra to seeking to segregate healthy unvaccinated children from classrooms, KTBC reported in August 2021 that the NEA peddled the discredited claim that vaccines had been "proven to be enormously effective in fending off infection."
Pringle told the Atlantic, "Everyone who can be vaccinated needs to be vaccinated. ... Right now, we’re partnering with the Department of Education to raise vaccination rates among our students who are 12 and up."
"We need to make sure that [the COVID-19 vaccine] is added to the list of vaccinations that are required for students to go to school," Pringle told CBS News.
TheBlaze reported over the weekend that Pfizer and Moderna will launch clinical trials to track adverse health issues stemming from the COVID-19 vaccines, such as myocarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle.
According to the CDC, cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have "especially been [reported] in adolescents and young adult males within several days after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination."
Healthy students may have been put at risk at the NEA's insistence, despite it knowing "better than anyone."
While children may not necessarily thrive on account of the NEA's recent actions, Pringle appears to be doing quite well.
Pringle, who celebrated the approval of the then-experimental Pfizer COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, pocketed $534,243 in compensation from the NEA and its affiliates between September 2020 and August 202, reported Fox News Digital.
Caitland Sutherland said that "Becky Pringle lined her pockets with over half a million dollars and peddled politics at the expense of returning to in-person learning."