Being An Elementary Education Major The National Education

1140 WordsMar 21, 20175 Pages
Being an Elementary Education Major the National Education Association or the NEA seemed to be a great organization to research, and possibly join in the future when I become an educator. When I finish my studies at the University of Alabama I plan to stay in the state of Alabama and teach. In 1857, a total of forty-three educators met in the state of Philadelphia. They came together to answer a national call to unite and talk about the cause of education in the United States. During that time learning to read and write was a treat for almost student. For African American students it was sometimes even a crime. Around 150 years later, the voice of the spreading Association had risen to almost 2.7 million educators, and what was once a…show more content…
Lawsuits for sexual harassment, physical abuse, and racial discrimination have grown steadily in the last few decades and can threaten a teacher 's job and reputation. Another benefit is defense against harsh treatment fom board members with petty criticisms through the local collective negotiating. Unfortunately, both are necessities in the education business. These teachers also feel that the NEA is their best hope for obtaining higher salaries and a voice in the administration of their schools. The other group joins because they have to, their school district has agreed to allow a closed shop to exist, where all teachers must pay some level of union dues. Few teachers join because they wholeheartedly believe in the political and social agenda of the NEA. The union is often far left of its membership on many issues. One thing that can be agreed on by everyone is that the NEA is very large, very wealthy, and very powerful. Recently surpassing the Teamsters in size, the NEA has over 2 million members, making it the largest union in America. Past Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander once said that, "After the post office, schools are the most unionized activity in America. The uniqueness of the National Education Association is found in the fact that it is a near monopoly supplier of teachers to a government enforced monopoly consumer, the public schools. As the NEA has grown in power politically, it has also been able to govern the destiny of this
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