Using children to promote your agenda is reprehensible and when are we going to realize that WE are the adults and THEY are the children?
Today I saw a commercial made by the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) elevating its agenda to demean Governor Sandoval and inflate taxes on big business. I was stunned, offended and livid recognizing that my hard earned money was being utilized to manipulate five year old children to express a viewpoint they are not capable of or mature enough to even discuss.
The commercial commences with a small boy pitifully saying, “Governor Sandoval, why are you destroying our schools?” This is a child that may or may not be competent to tie his shoes accusing the chief of Nevada of obliterating our schools. Truth be told, it is the Teachers Associations that have executed more destruction than any other entity with their social curriculums taking precedence over academics.
Two ensuing children then expressed their poignant, knowledgeable view of, “Why are you more concerned with firing my teacher… than making sure we have textbooks.” Now this made absolutely NO sense, considering the governors desires to dismiss teachers is designed for schools to be capable of purchasing textbooks. I totally believe the Governor’s plea to remove teacher tenure is the surest mode to devastate education, for this will generate teacher evaluations to nothing further than a personality contest. With that said, I do not require a five year old to address the governor for me anymore than I desire for that same five year old to manipulate my income or my significance as a teacher. When are we going to realize that WE are the adults and THEY are the children; adults guide our youth not the other way around.
Next, a little girl emerges and declares, “We could save education if big businesses paid just a little more.” A child that perhaps even now needs help in getting dressed comprehends how to save education and the amount of money big businesses needs to disburse in taxes to revive education. I think not! I CAN tell you this, money will not save education – respecting teachers, student discipline and concentrating on academics will. And if we achieve this, in reality we will require MUCH less money.
Indisputably the most disconcerting feature in this ad was this adorable, sweet, loveable three year old following each of the other children’s inquiries with a pathetically sad, “Yeah why?” And then he inquired in an even more heartbreaking…why did you shoot my mom way, “Did we do sumping wrong?”
This might not be described as child abuse, but it is definitely close. The little girl in the ad also inquired “Is it politics?” She asked it as though the governor had a particular political agenda to damage education while the reality is this complete ad was nothing other than politics, all the while misusing little children to accomplish the NSEA’s political scheme.
Look, we do not require additional money from big business and we do not necessitate the elimination of teacher tenure to repair education. However, we certainly do not want to misuse our children in this way and getting the message across not a justification. If the NSEA actually had high regard for children, they should not have asked themselves whether or not they COULD do this; they should have asked themselves whether or not they SHOULD do this.
Teacher/Author “Teachers… It Ain’t Your Fault.”