2009 VIDEO: Lawyer for NEA Teacher Union Says It’s Not About Children or Education, It’s About Power
“Despite what some among us would like to believe”
America is at a real turning point with teacher unions. Parents are starting to realize that maybe their child’s education is not the first priority in public education.
This line from a 2009 speech by Bob Chanin, a lawyer for the National Education Association (NEA), is rather enlightening.
Here’s the exact quote, via the CATO Institute:
And that brings me to my final, and most important point. Which is why, at least in my opinion, NEA and its affiliates are such effective advocates. Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children. And it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.
James Lindsay recently posted the video to Twitter. Watch:
NEA teachers union's lawyer Bob Chanin at 2009 NEA national convention: “It is not because we care about children; and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child…The NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have POWER.” pic.twitter.com/TyLg1ufxOY
— James Lindsay, Pretty hot Dude (@ConceptualJames) December 11, 2021
Note the standing ovation at the end. It speaks volumes.
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