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How Effective is Affective Education?

By Angela Wittman

I recently read an article concerning the National Education Association and the policy changes that have been and are taking place at the National Leadership. It seems that the largest and most powerful teacher’s union is concerned with more than retirement funds, salary scales, and contracts.

The article, ‘Homosexual agenda promoted by NEA?’ written by Julie Foster only confirmed what I had suspected from my knowledge of the National Education Association and our public schools while serving on a public school board in the mid to late 1990’s. Public education has shifted from learning the three R’s to conditioning young minds and promoting “values” that have many parents up in arms. This is referred to as affective education. One has only to watch the local news to see the effect it is having on our youth and the culture.

What is affective education? It deals with feelings, attitudes and beliefs. The emphasis is no longer on academics or educational skills. Affective education teaches that the student’s feelings are more important than what they are learning. You can see this in the inspirational slogans and posters hanging in your local public school halls and gymnasiums. Here are some examples of the message that is being promoted to young impressionable minds:

Ø Believe In Yourself!
Ø You Can Do It!
Ø It Takes A Village To Raise a Child
Ø You Can Do Anything!

While these slogans and others may at first glance seem harmless and even good to some parents, they are in effect shifting the Christian child’s view from an Almighty, Sovereign God to a humanistic, worldview that is centered on themselves and what makes them feel good. Gone is the respect for parents and their beliefs; in place of that you have the educational establishment’s beliefs that are influenced by ungodly philosophies that are based upon the religion of humanism.

As a young mother with two sons in my local public school, I thought I would run for school board and help reform our education system. This was in 1995 when the Goals 2000 agenda was being promoted by the educrats and parents were being caught by surprise by the liberal left activists. I ran on a Conservative Christian platform and was elected, but instead of appreciating a concerned parents help, I found that I was resented and ridiculed for my “outdated’ beliefs by the administration, faculty and fellow board members. Needless to say, I watched as time and time again my colleagues voted for socialization of the students over sound curriculum.

Now we have the NEA promoting and condoning homosexual behavior. This is in their proposed B-7, B-9 and C-27 resolution:

The National Education Association recognizes that the complex and diverse needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender families and their children require the development of programs that promote a safe and inclusive environment.

The article goes on to state that the association believes in efforts that provide for:

Ø Development of curriculum and instructional materials and programs designed to meet the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students
Ø Involvement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender educators in developing educational materials used in classroom instruction
Ø Dissemination of programs that support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students and address the high drop-out rate, suicide rate, and health risk behaviors
Ø Recognition of the importance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender education employees as role models
Ø Accurate portrayal of the roles and contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people throughout history
Ø Dissemination of programs and information that include the contributions, heritage, culture, history, health and care of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.

Perhaps your child’s school officials are not aware of this militant agenda by the homosexual movement. You may think as I once did, that you would try to work with your local school and warn them about these dangers. Don’t be surprised if your good will is met with anger and hatred. The local school board is not in control of local education. It has become federalized. Our only recourse is to remove our children from this ungodly influence, abolish the Department of Education and dismantle the legislation that has been passed which is dictating curriculum.

Sources used:

· Homosexual Agenda Promoted By NEA? By Julie Foster, published June 21,2001,
· “Mom and Dads School Survival Guide” By Family Research Council“Not With My Child You Don’t”, A Citizens’ Guide to Eradicating OBE and Restoring Education, By Robert Holland

This article was originally published in August of 2001.


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