Commentary and Criticism about the National Education Association (NEA)
Has political correctness gone mad? Teachers are now ITFSLs (Individuals Tasked with the Facilitation of Student Learning)
Note: No offense to any ESP is intended in this blog post. Nothing that I am saying takes away from the job that these individuals perform in the schools around our country. My issue is with the politically correct culture that the NEA is cultivating by perpetuating the idea that more "acceptable" titles to standard jobs changes their nature. It doesn't.
I have an idea. Let’s call teachers Individuals Tasked with the Facilitation of Student Learning (ITFSLs).
How does that sound to my fellow educators?
So I started getting these tweets today about National ESP day. Several questions came to mind: Why is the NEA talking about extra sensory perception? Is this a new educational trend that I missed? Common core gone mad?
It turns out that ESP day has nothing to do with any of this. Instead, it is a day to support Educational Support Professionals.
I honestly had never heard this term before so I went to the NEA page to get some information.
While there was no article directly referring to this event on the NEA website, I clicked on American Education Week 2017 Focuses on Public Schools for All by Celeste Busser. This article then led me to a booklet entitled A Guide to Celebrate National Education Support Professionals Day.
Yes, that’s right. The NEA put out a 32-page booklet to help members celebrate their Educational Support Professionals.
So what exactly ARE Educational Support Professionals?
Most teachers are familiar with these individuals because we interact with them on a daily basis. We just don’t know them as ESPs.
So for the Educational Support Professional-Challenged teacher, here is a list provided by the NEA.
Next to the official NEA name I have included a possible translation:
Food Services – Lunch Ladies
Clerical Services - Secretaries
Transportation Services – Bus Drivers
Health and Student Services - Nurses
Skilled Trades – Plumbers & Electricians
Technical Services – Computer Geeks
Custodian and Maintenance Services – Janitors
Paraeducators – Classroom Aides
Security Services – Mall Cop (sorry, security guard)
None of my translations are meant to belittle these people in any way. I am just sick of the trend in modern society to rename things so that we don’t hurt people’s feelings.
Political correctness has to go.