Assume the responsibility for improving education and take on the role of Educator-in-Chief. We know what conditions are needed for good teaching. It's time to put our effort, our money, and our mouths where our hearts are: demand what has already been proven best for the children of the next generation by demanding the training, induction, and working conditions that allows good teaching to flourish. Do it on OUR terms, from the position of Effective Teaching, not a corporate manual. The plan has already been outlined in the Commission report Transforming Teaching.
Her post prompted me to think about why I've never joined the NEA or it's local chapter. First, I've never been shown how the NEA can benefit me. Second, I've never been shown how the NEA can benefit students. In my years of teaching, I've come to view the NEA as well-intentioned but largely inconsequential.
Can anyone tell me why I should belong to the NEA? That's an honest question. I don't have a negative opinion toward it, I just haven't seen the fruits of their labor.