Are NEA and AFT Unions Leading to the Demise of Education?  

According to well-known author Cal Thomas, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers unions are to blame for the deterioration of the quality of education in the United States.  

The editorial “Back to what type of school?” by Cal Thomas highlights the fact that mastering grammar, arithmetic, and science are not the primary goals of education or the source of its greatest conflicts. 

Thomas cites the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to show that U.S. students have experienced setbacks in math and reading and blames the pandemic and the teacher union political agendas for the deficient student performances.  

The NEA adopted two amendments supporting “reproductive rights” for women. “Forced motherhood is female enslavement” read a second amendment. This is appropriate for prepubescent children, or students of any age? The delegates continue to favor the LGBTQ-plus agenda, which professes to advocate for sexual and gender equality under the law. They also approved a measure supporting “asylum for all.” 

How is any of this preparing children to compete with China and other nations in math, reading, and science? 

It is not. The New York Times reported last October: “U.S. students in most states and across almost all demographic groups have experienced troubling setbacks in both math and reading. … In math, the results were especially devastating, representing the steepest declines ever recorded on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the nation’s report card, which tests a broad sampling of fourth and eighth graders and dates to the early 1990s.”i 

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iThomas, Cal. “Column: Back to What Type of School?” The Oakland Press, 18 Aug. 2023,