The largest labor and teachers' union has voted to spread and further the teaching of the quasi-Marxist critical race theory (CRT), which it describes as a "reasonable" and "appropriate" framework for students to understand and interpret America's past and present.
According to the plan, the NEA will share and publicize information about "what CRT is and what it is not," dedicate a "team of staffers" to assist union members who "want to learn more and fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric," and provide a study that critiques "power and oppression" in American society, including "white supremacy," "cisheteropatriarchy," and capitalism.
The union also declared that it opposes attempts to ban CRT and the New York Times' highly controversial "1619 Project," which recasts American history on the claim that the United States was founded, and remains today, a racist nation.
In addition, the measure calls for an "accurate and honest" teaching of "unpleasant aspects of American history," and affirms that CRT is an "appropriate" framework for educators to address those topics.
"The Association will further convey that in teaching these topics, it is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory," the measure reads on NEA's website.
"The research, resources, and recommendations will be shared with members through NEA's social media, an article in NEA Today, and a recorded virtual presentation/webinar," it says. The item was approved with an initial annual budget of $56,500.
"The national teachers union is funding an attack machine against me, @Gundisalvus, and our allies," Rufo wrote on Twitter in response to the NEA vote, tagging Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation. "We were born for this fight—and will show no mercy to the corrupt ideologues who are ruining American education. Swords up!"