Alright, he goofed. But now we hear this:
In a written statement, NEA President Reg Weaver said, "It is morally repugnant to equate those who teach America's children with terrorists. NEA is 2.7 million teachers and educators who are fighting for children and public education. Yet this is the kind of rhetoric we have come to expect from this administration whenever one challenges its world view."Oh really. Are the NEA 2.7 million teachers and educators who always oppose Republicans with or without provocation?
Maybe Weaver ought to go back to school himself, until he figures out that there's a difference between the NEA and those 2.7 million teachers. The fact is that the NEA has a set of interests distinct from that of teachers and often acts at odds with them, and that is what Paige was referring to. And has the NEA ever come up with a solution that didn't involve more dues-paying members having control of more money?
They oppose higher standards for teachers. They oppose uniform yardsticks for measuring student performance. They oppose competition for obviously failing public schools. They defend incompetent teachers to the point that it's almost impossible to get rid of them. They play partisan politics flagrantly all the time, then have the cojones to claim that they don't spend any money on politics on their tax filings.
With so much to complain about, who needs to call them terrorists too?