By Jonathon Van Maren
The National Education Association, America’s largest teacher’s union, describes itself as “more than 3 million people—educators, students, activists, workers, parents, neighbors, friends—who believe in opportunity for all students and in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society.” That is an admirably transparent description of an organization that sees public education not as a public service so much as an ideological tool with which to mold the minds of generations of Americans in their own progressive image.
The NEA has been at the center of many controversies of late as LGBT activists become more brazen in their attempts to inject their ideology into every aspect of the curriculum and parents have begun protesting in response. One of their latest moves, however, is a microcosmic example of what the NEA stands for and why it is so dangerous. The NEA published a summer reading list titled “Great Summer Reads for Educators!”, and the titles they chose to include are indicative of their agenda.
One of their top recommendations is Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe, which they describe as “about identifying outside the gender binary.” Kobabe’s book is deceitfully described as “banned,” a disingenuous reference to the fact that many parents and teachers were upset to discover that a book filled with explicit pornography was being included in school libraries where both elementary and secondary school students had access to it. Gender Queer is a graphic novel that features shocking drawings of sex scenes, including detailed depictions of homosexual oral sex accompanied by descriptions of various sex acts. Gender Queer meets every definition of porn, but is defended by the NEA and other LGBT activists as essential for kids.
Gender Queer also includes information about dildos and sexting. Again, this book is not only being recommended for educators—it is being recommended for children, and defended by the largest labor union in America (as well as plenty of school boards in Canada and elsewhere). As the New York Post observed, when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tried to show images from the books his administration was removing from public school libraries, news outlets had to cut away from the press conference because the pictures were too graphic for TV—although not too graphic for children. The NEA wants to corrupt children, and one way they do that is by describing pornographic material as a “banned book.”