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JOHN M . ASHBROOK
17th Congressional District, Ohio
NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
Politics, Power First • • Basic Educ...
THE NEW YORK TIMES, WEDNESDAYJUNE 30;1976
N.E.A. Chief Predicts More Strikes by Teachers
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  • 1. by JOHN M . ASHBROOK 17th Congressional District, Ohio NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION Politics, Power First • • Basic Education Last The SPEAKER . pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentle- man from Ohio (Mr. Asasaoox) is rec- ognized for 60 minutes. . Mr. ASHBROOK. Mr. Speaker, the re- cent endorsement of the liberal Demo- cratic slate of Carter-Mondale by the Na- tional Education Association-NEA- comes as no surprise to me . As an ob- server of this organization over the years, it is obvious that their thrust is political, not educational, and their goals are con- sistent with that endorsement. The NEA does not represent the average classroom teacher. It is possible that the more radi- cal teacher elements in the big cities find the NEA union type tactics to their liking but not in our areas and, I feel, most areas of the country. Like most other organizations, their image is one thing and their substance is something else. The image of the American teacher is good, the substance of the NEA is any- thing but that, for it is at the forefront of virtually every organized liberal effort ranging from gun control and one-world thinking to budget-busting and deficit- creating new spending programs . Its leaders hurl ephithets and threats at those who stand in their way as did President Ryor in recently assailing teachers in my own State, calling them scabs. The NEA is accumulating a giant war chest for campaigns and` will rank-as- -• the chief provider of political funds for liberal-left candidates in this country . It has none of the- professional, dedicated qualities of the teachers we all remem- ber. An Ollie Mae Parker, Willis Adams, or Pearl Danback would me an anachro- nism to these new power hungry advo- cates of strikes, political activity and Federal control . School boards fit that same mold so they must go, too. Again let me point out that the Na- SUMMARY OF NEA'S GOALS FOR EDUCATION • forced busing of students strikes, unionization • more federal controls • take away local control of schools • less emphasis on basics • more bureaucracy, more programs • one-world teaching • increase taxes and spending • no federal funds for private education • take away local control • involvement in the home . . . ALL OF THIS PLUS • strong gun control legislation • coalition with liberal-radical groups • leading source of political funds for liberal-left candidates • bail out New York City violate no-strike laws At this critical moment no one can say with certainty whether we are at the brink of a colossal disaster or whether this is indeed mankind's shining hour. But it is certain that dramatic changes in the way we will raise our children in the year 2000 are indicated, particular- ly in teens of schooling, and that these changes will require new . ways of thinking . Let the propose three. First, we will help all of our people understand that school is a concept and not a place . We will not confuse "schooli ) g" with "education.' The school will be the community; the com- munity, the school. Students, parents, and teachers will make certain that John Dewey's sound advice about If you read nothing else, study closely this article by former NEA presi- dent. It tells the real goals. While most _parents want more basics taught; the NEA knows best and will opt for education which "raps with the kids" rather than teaches them what they really need to know . Also note the not too subtle threat of change ---,on the liberal's terms! tional Education Association Is not the teachers of America. Indeed, it misrepre- sents the teachers of America . Most teachers are still free enterprise oriented, still believe in the basic traditions and values of our country and do not want strikes, guerrilla warfare, name calling and political power tactics . The NEA leaders would move the teachers in a direction of being just like dock workers rather than the professionally oriented solid citizen like Willis Adams and Ollie Parker we knew and revered . Some will argue that the NEA started its leftward trend because of the pressure of the more radical American Federa- tion of Teachers, a bona fide union which is strong in New York City and other big cities but of limited strength In the other areas of our country. There can be no doubt that President Ryor is always look- ing over his shoulder at Albert Shanker galloping up on his union charger but the NEA Is basically what it has been for many years, just more open about it. How well I recall 10 years ago when NEA lead- ers would talk of strikes but never use the word "strike." Then they talked about sanctions . Their liberalism and distrust of local education has always been there, it s s just now coming out in the open be- cause the climate of opinion is such in our country today that virtually anything goes. Military, activism are appropriate now. The NEA, like so many other unions, associations, and organizations, has a good case of Washingtonitis . It forgets those whom it would represent and fash- ions its policies on the shoals of the bureaucratic scrap heap here in the Cap- ital. Too many liberal groups follow this course. They become a part of the Wash- ington bureaucracy and sometimes it is difficult to distinguish them from the spender the regulators, and the social planners. They have forgotten, if they do not abhor, those squares, the old fashioned teachers back home . School will be a concept, not a place...basic skills taught for only one-qudrter of the day. Catharine Barrett schooling the whole child is not con- fused with nonsense about the school's providing the child's whole education . We will need to recognize that the so-called "basic skills," which currently represent nearly the total effort in ele- mentary schools, will be taught in one quarter of the present school day . The remaining time will be devoted to what is truly fundamental and basic-time for academic inquiry, time for students to develop their own interests, time for a dialogue between students and teach- era . When this happens-and it's near -the teacher can rise to his true call- ing. More than a dispenser of informa- tion, the teacher will be a conveyor of values, a philosopher . Students will learn to write love letters and Lab notes . We will help each child build his own rocket to his own moon . Finally, if our children are to be human beings who think clearly, feel deeply, and act wisely, we will answer definitely the question "Who should make what decisions?" Teachers no longer will be victims of change ; we will be agents of change . 0 Catharine Barrett is president of the National Education Association . The NEA and the Health. *Education and Welfare bureaucrats are a virtual tweedledum and tweedledee . There is no appreciable difference. The NEA's big lie in the original debate over Federal aid to education was that there would be Federal money but no Federal con- trol. Now the NEA advocates those very controls most teachers do not support and is in front of the advocates of forced busing, withholding of funds for racial balance reasons and would use Federal funds to force a type of education on tax- payers back home that neither they nor their local boards of education want. In short, the NEA has become a bureau- cratic agency-of, by and for the bureau- crats rather than for the teachers, tax- payers and children . It is the adversary of local education and the advocate of a changed educational system which would be disastrous. There is an almost incestuous rela- tionship between NEA, the U .S. Office of Education, the various foundations and the National Science Foundation, Grants of taxpayers' money by the mil- lions go to these same educational bu- reaucrats who study subjects like the dis- location .of black eighth graders in met- ropolitan cities. Millions go down these ratholes which should be going to our schools. Millions are siphoned off at the top by thousands of grants and projects of meaningless value . NSA GOES POLITICAL The National Education Association is gearing up for a massive political effort in the 1976 elections. This effort will be directed at both the Federal and the State level. The goal will be to elect its friends and purge those who disagree with the legislative objectives of the organization. For the first time a major push will be made in the race for President . Over- turning its previous policy, the NEA has decided to endorse and actively support a
  • 2. THE NEW YORK TIMES, WEDNESDAYJUNE 30;1976 N.E.A. Chief Predicts More Strikes by Teachers log number of strikes-by teach en was a reflection of "the mo- rass of broken promises, the Supreme Core massive layoffs, threats of fur- _ ~~ Inse reductions and the Insecurity I -• ' VIX nUForceMal .M 1 P o s. IItIC al in political punch anon the Association a growing views . through O hio amen ric" trip whirlwind NEA President during a Teachers plan ;no be pasQSbA sident •J am $3 million f or as 'at, through wind trip or political races " issaid there e By ATRIA L. HARM be , ~ Micalkin national „a'ea~,a°for teacher strikesand its affiliates will pump lI millioe R this year, NEA President John a stet yor ii6 10-4 'y. By Casey Banas lions. and setting up machineri speaking at a Phoenix press cooler" time Edtrcatlo•n edlto, solve impasses during am, Ryor said the I ion- Eh i only 3g `• association plaits to endorse a prestden- m senses tribune Pre ;s service fish candidate "for the first time in our 'the MIAMI REACH-The r°~ lliyear history." of 21.1 teaeh- ,tit . NFJt committee Vol l•' •" '- for ~f Urg Y Id AE oO Suprt hhoo NN '~ itsPI.N tin with tt pining o of co ntinually 1 acts in response is. OF position . legislatve efforts A organ semblY a in oppo f the state PT ntative As ment coal'Iflon activities o member pEA Repress Manage PTA and encourage lion. C o mmittee A with other Executive OEA alternativ es".^t of PT F orce are Et nF.A Local that Task Abbott, N . n izations• ar orga from vp a cDonal with assistance velop President William C . M hould de grun RObe, mort-Conley. 1 e motion' s A lint Olga R a°"t, to local lea, each PT . _ t me Anoth By GENE L MAEROFF ee •rtaitetaewe°T,* S w MIAMI BEACH. June 29- Terry E. Herndon, .th e executive director of the National Educa- tion Association, said today that the number of •---' strikes its •*- 0 L"tv"` •, v local schools received 7.900 of their funds r J,, from Federal sources This View that figure w# nd change under the Congress-passed Education Appropriations bill LETS NOT SLIP BACKWARD Ia .1 Typical NEA poster sent to U.S. schools Presidential candidate in the upcoming election. Of course, only one ticket for them-Carter-Mondale . According to former NEA President Helen Wise, "It is our intent to translate our successes in the congressional elec- tions of 1974 into a mandate'to elect a friend of education to the -White House in 1976." NEA also plans an active role in con- gressional contests . Target categories have been established for 1976 House and Senate races. Top priority will be given to reelecting incumbents with good NEA voting records in marginal districts and defeating incumbents with bad NEA vot- ing records. NEA-PAC The growth in NEA's political activism Moody's, and one of .the main late collective h •---' ' targets of their wrath at thisitracte convention is the United St - er record year seen NEA President James A . Harris was on the Scene to give encouragement to to ticket line in front of a champion school . Is a relatively recent development . It was not until 1972 that it formed a political action committee-NEA-PAC . In that year's elections, NEA claims that 141 out of 184 House candidates and 12 out of 19 Senate candidates receiving teacher sup- port were elected to office . NEA followed up its success in the 1974 elections . NEA-supported candi- dates won 229 out of 282 House races and 21 out of 28 Senate contests . Overall, in 1974 NEA-PAC made finan- cial contributions totaling almost $225,- 000 . And this was only the tip of the iceberg . State and local association polit- ical action groups contributed $2 .5 mil- lion to Federal, State and local races . I think it is revealing to look at who the NEA supported . The December 1974 issue of the NEA Reporter shows the House and Senate candidates endorsed by NEA-PAC, including thdte who .re- ceived financial contributions. Our of the 323 candidates listed as receiving NEA support, 283 were Demo- crats . 'Only 40 were Republicans . That works out to a 7 to 1 ratio of Democrats over Republicans . In California, for example, only 2 out of 33 were Republicans . In Indiana, 0 out of 10 . In my home State of Ohio, only 1 out of 12 was a Republican . Most of NEA's financial support went to liberal democrats. Such disproportionate levels of sup- port call into question the nonpartisan claim of the NEA . Inasmuch as an NEA membership poll showed that 37 percent considered themselves Democrats and 37 percent Republicans and the rest in- dependents, it also casts doubt on whether the NEA leadership is repre- senting the views of the members . LEGISLATIVE GOALS One of NEA President Ryor's cam- paign promises was to work hard for continued development of the Coalition of American Public Employees . CAPE is an amalgamation of the NEA, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the National Treasury Employees Union, the Ameri- can Nurses Association, the Physicians National Housestaff Association and the National Association of Social Workers. A major goal of CAPE and the NEA Is the passage of a Federal collective bar- gaining statute for public employees. This legislation would give public em- ployees the right to organize and strike. In testifying before a subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Com- mittee, Ryor testified that the strike "provides the most effective basis for dealing with the question of bargaining impasses." The bill would also open the door for compulsory union membership in Federal, State, municipal and local public employee groups, as well as teachers . Public employee unions would be a disaster for our Nation. Essential gov- ernment functions such as schools, sanitation departments and police and fire departments would be in the hands of private organizations unaccountable to the public . Areas of vital concern to the taxpayer could be closed without re- gard to duly elected public officials . Local governments and public institu- tions no longer would be controlled by the people through their elected repre- sentatives . Instead, a clique of union bosses would determine the direction of government and the tax burden. . Public sector labor unions are not the only unwise legislative goal of the NEA . Another priority is strict gun control legislation . According to a recent NEA resolution, the NEA "shall take immedi- ate action to support and lobby for strict gun control legislation that limits the The NEA has also worked against strong antibusing legislation . The June 1, 1974 Congressional Quarterly reports that Stanley McFarland, director of NEA's Government relations depart- ment, was "flatly opposed to the House antibusing amendment." According to Congressional Quarterly : McFarland's staff considers Congress' con- tinuing debate over anti-busing legislation to be one of its major legislative' disappoint- ments . NEA policy "recognizes that accept- able desegregation plans will include a va- riety of devices such as geographic realign- ment, pairing of schools, grade pairing and satellite schools. These arrangements may require that some students be bused ." The primary long-range legislative ob-' jective of NEA.is to obtain more Federal funding of education . Presently,, the Federal share is about 8 percent. NEA would like to raise that figure to at least one-third . Legislation has been intro- duced to achieve that goal. • Such a level of Federal funding is un- realistic as well as undesirable. The NEA bill would result- in an additional $20 billion in Federal spending for educa- tion. Inasmuch as this year's budget def- icit is already running in the $70 to $80 billion range, we can hardly afford to add billions more to that amount. Perhaps even more important, one third Federal funding would almost cer- tainly lead to greater Federal Involve- ment in local education matters. This would be extremely unfortunate. As I have repeatedly warned my col- leagues in the House, Federal aid means Federal control. We have already seen this in such diverse instances as forced
  • 3. busing, the title IX' sex discrimination ,;regulat*ons and the mandatory record- keeping requirements on school disci- pline. Washington, D.C., bureaucrats and the Congress ;view the giving of Federal dol. lairs to' s local school district' as a first step toward Federal rule of the school system.',Consequently the more the fi- nancing'' of education is moved to the Federal level the lees control local com- munlties-will have over the education of, their'children. The traditional local con- trol of schools will ')e replaced by Federal dictate "'° ' This Is not the only budget-busting , proposal advocated by the NEA. In addi- tion, the NBA backs what it calls "a ma- ior bill to;provide comprehensive cradle- to-gray# national health insurance." Bush a"program could cost anywhere from $80 to $100 billion. This would , match, the entire estimated budget defi- cit for fiscal year 1976. It is ridiculous for the Government to 'spend billions more when it cannot afford the programs that it already has . It Is ridiculous to add another new and costly social program on to the backs of the American taxpayer. It can only mean higher taxes and increased inflation. The NEA also supports passage of the Child and Family Services Act. This leg- islation would establish a comprehensive child development program run by the Federal Government. A new breaucracy would be set up-the Office of Child and Family Services--which would designate prime sponsors and administer the pro- gram. I have opposed this bill since it first came up in 1971 . It would authorize fur- ther Federal involvement in areas deal- ing with the family, particularly the parent-child relationship . This is an in- appropriate.area for the Federal Govern- ment. SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE? What should be the direction of edu- cation in the United States? Catherine Barrett. a past president of the National Education Association, has given us her vision of the future . Think about this "vision"in light of her statement that "we are determined to control the course of education.'.' According to Barrett : We will need to recognize that the so-called "basic skills," which currently represent nearly the total effort in elementary schools, will be taught in one quarter of the present school day. The remaining time will be de- voted to what is truly fundamental and basic-time for academic inquiry, time for students to develop their own interests, time for a dialogue between students and teachers . When this happens-and it's near-the teacher can rise to his true calling. More than a dispenser of information, the teacher will be a conveyor of values, a philosopher . Students will learn to write love letters and lab notes . We will help each child build his own rocket to his own moon." Frankly, this is absurd . To deempha- size basic skills would be disastrous for our children and our Nation . If any- NEA LOBBIESRoss onsi'dmb, Ross Ross ∎ ∎ Gw Control (HR 11193) . The House Judiciary Committee has reported a compromise gun control bill which bans the domestic manufacture, importation, and limits commercial sale of cheap, easily concealable handguns ("Saturday night specials") . But the bill would permit private possession and transfer of such weapons and use factoring criteria employed by the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to, judge whether or not a handgun has a "sporting purpose ." Under this system, guns are judged on a point system which considers such items as size, caliber, weight, and safety features . Under policy adopted by the Representative Assembly. NEA has worked with the National Coalition to Ban Handguns in efforts to secure a strong law limiting the ownership of handguns. As part of NEA's coalition with liberal-radical groups, a strong anti-gun position emerged on its top priority agenda for legislation! This excerpt from their recent newspaper indicates NEA is lobbying FOR teachers in advancing this radical bill . Most teachers in the 17th District ARE NOT in favor of registration, confiscation . thing, greater stress should be placed on developing basic reading, writing and mathematical skills . Colleges and universities are being swamped with students who cannot write coherent sentences or handle simple math. More and more they have had to establish remedial programs to make up for student deficiencies. According to a recent article, . place- ment'tests administered to freshmen at Ohio State University show that 26 per- cent have not mastered high school mathematics and 30 percent cannot write on an acceptable college level . Conse- quently both the English and mathe- matics departments are preparing full- scale remedial programs. It is ridiculous to have our institu- tions of higher education teaching skills that should have been learned yearn earlier. This is a waste of money and a waste of talent . Our children do not need philosophers, they need teachers . Barrett has more to say : Finally, if our children are to be human beings who think clearly, feel deeply, and act wisely, we will answer definitely the question "Who should make what decisions?" Teachers no longer will be victims of change: we will be agents of change. This is hard to believe. Teachers sup- posedly are in the business of fostering the intellectual development of the child and instilling tkevalues'of the com- munity and the Nation. Barrett, however, would make the teacher an "agent of change ." But a change to what? And why should the teacher or the NEA be the ones to decide rather than the parents of the child? It is really the job of the teacher to mod- ify the child in order to change our so- ciety? I think hot. It is not the purpose of education to use the classroom as a ve- hicle for modifying the child and chang- ing our society . Most teachers I know would agree . FOOD STAMPS FOR TEACHERS The NEA in 1975 urged teachers to ap- ply for Federal food stamps. In a bulle- tion mailed to its State and local leaders, the NEA said: Many working teachers are checking . . . and discovering that their income after ex- penses qualities them to join the 17 million Americana now buying the stamps to stretch their grocery budgets. The NEA went on to say, No stigma should be attached to taking advantage of this program funded by the Nation's taxpayers . HUMAN RELATIONS DAY The NEA recommends that January 15 be proclaimed as Human Relations Day in memory of Martin Luther King. Ac= cording to an NEA circular, King was "a minister, philosopher, Nobel Peace Prize winner, author of five books, warrior against barriers to human rights, and leader in the unending struggle for bet- ter human relations." As part of the "suggested classroom activities" for that day, teachers are en- couraged.to "have a Martin Luther King display," "ask students to dramatize Dr . King winning the Nobel Prize," ask stu- Mother-daughter teas banned U.S.: no one sex school socials Title resviatiom 'WASBWC70N - It b a viol, ° " `"- Use of laws prohibiting sex dis- crimination for public schools to rtawn~ „r v- duration and Fatter son and motber.daugb spossor tatter-son or mother- APRIL I. 1976 events "are an.. ir^---' a,~h ~ N6 NdW YORlI TIi MES. SUNDAY SUNDA . -- " - choirs• a was rwpotiditw in CRICAGOISFACllG s l'^'`~ Bars O U .S . 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Aprd have not Yet tna lode, den discctmtnattp° ~ tat held n tie said the µban weu.a.eamna d a with their ;d°&-,W "eaue•ana~a this baru~8 u no w fire from the lost over as, million mile rd°y sash flog °g° the apartment ruled rs d " w hat h°ppan° vents ttet .l in this Case avy 's that ••tba fee" another threat overt'meDt for dlscnm1°° and motherdangbter t dacrimi" a law and MGM it ab 4 the ~~_~ s ,,d city now Federal funds, a150 mil • it, is Girls. is in the De ;slots • Aria• . ac g Irlatt°1w lanes, have onne Vvw m sedoots. (J[pce of Civil Rtab , asp Wel• you d with ur °y° s musk did t Realm t Health, "C° tjtth and natorY' y e ruUDg snsPEAMW HEW bid it It~tevk a ° PON at s maw la advaaeugand uon of ri°„- mo rusen t weHare rejaoted nartmen law chin vin Ford ordered „ns„dme the vie didn't w .. „ --,~a ,l saw. +w .l^an°ttOA My files are full of NEA's statements, pamphlets, etc• which categorically stated that there would be no control of local education if federal aid to education were passed. One of their pamphlets attacked friends of local education like myself who told ev- eryone there WOULD BE CONTROLS . Now NEA works hand-in-glove with bureau- crats for forced busing and for regulations and directives which will bring local edu- cation under THEIR CONTROL!
  • 4. dents to write and share in class an essay on "How I Learned About; Prejudice," and "discuss 'freedom fighters' of all races." Unfortunately this is pure `propaganda . King was an advocate of violence and lawlessness . He preached an anti-Ameri- can line that amounted to little more than radical drivel. To now portray him as a freedom fighter working for peace, human rights, and better human rela- tions is to rewrite history. A DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE The NEA has come up with a program entitled "A Declaration of Interdepend- ence : Education for a Global Commu- nity." Although supposedly designed to commemorate the Nation's Bicentennial the program makes a mockery of the meaning of the American Revolution, The NEA booklet opens with the lines : We hold these truths to be self-evident : That 200 years After declaring our inde- pentence, the American Peoplg are entering a new era. That today we must acknowledge the inter- dependence of all peoples. That education can be a vehicle through which peace and the principles of the Ameri- can Revolution-life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness-may become the guidelines 'for human relationships on our planet. That educators around the world are in a unique position to help bring about a har- moniously interdependent global community based on the principles of peace and justice . That toward the end, the National Educa- tion Association can pursue a series of pro- grams to prepare for major reform in educe tion. I find it ironic that as our country cele- brates its 200th year of independence the NEA is proclaiming world interdepend- ence. Most Americans cherish their in- dependence. The internationalism es- poused by the NEA is out of step with the thinking of the American people . Most parents or taxpayers back home- indeed, most of the fine teachers I know who are professional and completely pa- triotic-don't see the radical nature of these social planning bureaucrats .in the NEA and Its network in the foundations and Government agencies . MACOS, the controversial textbook promoted by these Washington schemers, is about the ulti- mate in unconventional teaching . It tells of genocide, murder, adultery and virtu- ally every mind-boggling situation . I have outlined this teaching monstrosity and will supply a full review of it on re- quest. Consider this treatment of the politically controversial idea that the Nation ultimately will move to control population by increasing deaths or re- ducing births : As the population crunch becomes more severe and as more is learned about the genetic basis of particular human traits, it is likely that there will be Increasing ad- vocacy of various sorts of eugenic measures (manipulation of genes] . It will be proposed . . . that society identify what are thought to be the most beneficial and most harmful existing genes, and that policies then be instituted to promote wide- spread reproduction of the former, while the latter are systematically culled out . Such policies could be enforced with the aid of various types of, coercion, ranging from propaganda and tax incentives to govern- ment licensing of the right to reproduce . The suggestion is clearly there that while these ideas are too controversial now, the discussion should begin ' with the idea that in several decades the stu- dents will be able to identify and ma- nipulate all human gene traits. No won- der basics are not so important. NEA work hand in glove with many nationwide liberal-left coalition groups . In no area is this more obvious than their involvement in the so-called peace move- ment and with one world socialists . As a Bicentennial project NEA has empha- sized the teaching of peace in the schools from kindergarten on up . A study of the radical material they have used, how- ever, shows this is a ruse and really an attempt to change the values of the chil- dren, make them hostile to nationalism and Americanism and identify them with radical pacifists and antiwar leaders in this country. One of the books promoted by the NEA is "Learning Peace" which is,pub- lished by the radical leftist group, Jane Addams Peace Association, Philadelphia . It is intended to be used In grades 7-12 to teach "about" and "for" peace. The au- thors ask the students to choose "cour- agous spokesmen for peace" and tell how they helped promote peace and under- . standing. Such representative people as Joan Baez, Daniel Ellsberg, Linus Paul- ing, Benjamin Spook and Ro forth are their idols. Take this assignment the young scholar would get : Thoreau once said: "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer." A. Investigate and assess the types of ac- tions engaged .in by the following individ- uals: (a) Albert Bigelow . American Friends Service Committee, sailed into Pacific bomb- test area . • (b) Dr. Benjamin Spock, pediatrician and famous author, counseled resistance to draft. (c) Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr . coun- seled draft resistance. (d) The Berrigan brothers and Sister Mc- Alister burned draft records . (e) Joan Baez withheld taxes used for war. (J) Scott Herrick, American Friends Serv- ice Committee, exchanged children's art with children of Cuba; walked from San Francisco to Moscow ; boarded a Polaris sub- marine. (g) Jane Fonda presented anti-war shows to servicemen. (h) Students and Buddhist monks set fire to themselves as a war protest . (f) Dick Gregory said he would fast until peace came in Vietnam . The course calls for acting or "role- playing" in promoting one of these spokesmen for peace. You guessed it, never a mention of the Russian bear or any Communist assaults on peace. It only comes from America. The same tie can be shown between NEA and the 'psychological testing cull which would pry into the private live: of the student and ask such question ; as "Are you ashamed of your father's job?" or "Do your mother and father argue?" These brainpicking tests have also been analyzed in depth in previous speeches I have -made. My files run into the dozens of drawers on the NEA lobby which I have followed closely for the past decade. Only a few excerpts are given here . POLITICAL JUGGERNAUT NEA leaders are optipiistic about the future. They envision even more politi- cal clout in the years ahegd . According to Stanley McFarland, di- rector of NEA government relations: Sometime in this decade the NEA is go- ing to have more political resources, includ- ing volunteers and other campaign con- tributions, than any other single union- even more than the AFL-CIO . We may even do it by 1976. Despite these resources, NEA's lead- ers may find that their effort to put a "friend of education" in the White House and more "friends of education" in the Congress backfires . I firmly be- lieve that the American people, includ- ing most teachers, want elected leaders who are more than mere puppets for the NFA. In the name of celebrating the nation's 200 years of political independence, the National .Education Association is promoting books such as these, published by the liberal-left Jane Addams Peace Association, which are intended to weaken school children's devo- tion to the independence whose declaration the bicentennial is meant to commemorate . In no area does the NEA show its revolutionary zeal as clearly as in its em- phasis on textbook revision, curriculum development and zooming in on the home . NEA feels that liberal visionaries can rewrite history, develop correct thinking (that means changing all current values), change social patterns and reform the "ills" of society by taking over the whole child . Parents and local boards of education must step aside because NEA bureaucrats know best! CONCLUSION We have seen a decade of decline in our education . Not just In results but In the esteem that parents and taxpayers formerly had for their schools and for , their teachers. The liberalism of the 1960's changed many things both in high school and college. The anti-war activ- ists, drug culture faddists and street gang terrorists have virtually reconstituted the big city schools . I could recite In depth the recent report of a commission on violence in schools. It is shocking. While this phenomenon is largely one of our big city schools and not areas like my own Ohio District, the hand- writing is on the wall. Unfortunately, the AFT and the NEA have been willing agents of this demise in the city, not antagonists of declining standards . We are reaping the whirlwind . Parents know it. Most good teachers I know are aware of it. Civil rights goals have all to often resulted in lowered standards. Col- leges are now In the backlash of this whirlwind. Policies of eased admissions, lower standards, fewer mandatory courses, no foreign language study and relaxed graduation requirements have taken hold around the country. High schools are next . You can be sure that NEA would not be fighting for the old values. Former NEA President James A. Harris put It this way : Unfortunately, many of those who advocate a traditional education are also advocating the kind of education that equates . . . good citizenship with blind super-patriotism, and education itself with indoctrination to a rigid and racist system of thought that seeks to insulate the student from any new, per- haps unsettling, Idea. . . . Well, I advocate a traditional educa- tion and make no bones about It . The NEA liberals may think that their brand of educational perversion is just what the country needs but most Parents, tax- payers and teachers will never agree. Drugs, abortions, free love indolence, anarchy-all these can be justified under the euphemism of "differing life styles,' a term the liberal education bureaucrats here love to bandy about. Most Ameri- cans want to call a halt to this NEA drivel and get back to education with a purpose. NEA bureaucrats think they know best and if they get their hands on the Federal tax dollars they want, local education will simply crumble be- fore their phalanx of controls and modi- fied curriculums, There Is a battle going on, right now, in this country over who shall control the schools . I believe the public, not the NEA, should control the schools . Tax- payers and teachers will have to get busy, however, lest the bureaucrats in Wash- ington win and by bureaucrats I mean both the NEA hierarchy and the govern- ment bureaucrats.