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NEA President’s Unhinged Speech Creates Online Uproar

If you needed a reason not to trust teachers' unions, look no further than NEA President Becky Pringle's unhinged speech.

Over the weekend, NEA President Becky Pringle delivered what can only be described as an unhinged tirade that echoed the absurd theatrics of Dwight Schrute from “The Office,” complete with podium banging and wild gesticulations. Her rant at the NEA’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia wasn’t just a spectacle; it was a disturbing insight into the radical agenda infecting our educational institutions. 

Pringle’s speech was a call to arms for what she describes as a transformative social justice change in the education system, aimed at morphing it into a racially and socially just and equitable system. Such language is coded for embedding far-left ideologies deeper into our schools, not improving educational standards or outcomes for students. Her claim that the education system should be “something it was never designed to be” reveals a stark departure from educational fundamentals, pivoting instead to political indoctrination.

The real horror in Pringle’s theatrical outburst was her repeated scream, “All the things! All the things!” This wasn’t just a cry for educational resources; it was a battle cry for all-encompassing control over what children learn, pushing a narrative that undermines parental rights and traditional American values. Critics have rightly pointed out how this kind of leadership in teachers’ unions reveals a deep-seated contempt for parental authority, portraying these unions as cult-like entities that prioritize ideological conquest over genuine educational advancement.

Pringle’s performance—drawing disturbing parallels to historical demagogues—should alarm any parent or citizen who believes in a balanced and apolitical education system. Her radical stance and the NEA’s alignment with such views only fuel the argument for school choice, providing a stark example of why many parents are desperate to rescue their children from the clutches of a politicized educational framework that values indoctrination over learning.

This episode should serve as a wake-up call. It’s a glaring example that leaders like Pringle are not the custodians of educational enhancement but the architects of its demise. It’s high time we rethink our support for such institutions and consider alternatives that place educational power back in the hands of parents and students, rather than leaving it to those who would use their platform to push a divisive and destructive agenda.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.