The National Education Association (NEA) sent a letter to social networking companies pressuring them to remove criticism and/or comments against the imposition of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and other progressive ideologies in U.S. schools.
The NEA letter was released soon after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a controversial letter to the White House. It compared parents concerned about the imposition of CRT in schools to domestic terrorists.
The NEA wrote a similar letter addressed to the heads of major social media networks urging them to quell the “propaganda” against critical race theory that had allegedly stoked “radicalized” parents.
In the letter, NEA President Becky Pringle urged leaders of Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok to combat online “trends” that “have helped create a culture of fear and violence with educators as targets.”
For example, Pringle cites the growth of an allegedly “alarmingly violent group of radicalized adults” who she said “falsely” believe that teachings based on the controversial Critical Race Theory taught in public schools are harmful.
It also emerged this week that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona was behind the NSBA’s controversial letter written last year comparing parents protesting the curriculum to “domestic terrorists.”
Given this sum of “coincidences,” critics point out that there appears to be an actual intent on the part of the federal government to try to silence parents who are dissenting on the imposition of progressive theories in the classroom.
“This looks like a concerted effort between the federal government and outside groups like the NEA and NSBA to interfere with the First Amendment rights of parents,” Ian Prior, a parent and executive director of Fight for Schools, told Fox News Digital on Wednesday. Pointing to claims about the White House and Cardona, Prior said, “it doesn’t stretch the imagination to believe that the federal government was also involved in the NEA letter.”
On this issue, Prior placed his trust in Republican and conservative lawmakers whom he urged to “do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of the matter.”
On the other hand, Laura Zorc, executive director of Building Education for Students Together (BEST), demanded an apology from the NEA.
“The NEA owes concerned parents an apology for accusing them of being violent, ‘radicalized,’ and controlled by ‘conspiracy theories,’” Zorc told Fox News Digital. “Through BEST, I helped train more than 1,000 parent activists in 2021, and I can tell you that this is not what I saw.” BEST deals with training people interested in running for school board membership and focuses on issues such as school closings by COVID-19 and CRT.
Zorc insisted that the NEA’s message appears to be a new call for censorship, which is already being implemented on social media against conservative positions and ideals more closely tied to the traditional.
She also stressed the importance of not allowing this censorship to occur, given that social media is the only space for parents trying to oppose the “NEA’s agenda” to organize.