On Saturday, I mailed off a resignation letter to the California Teachers Association. I had previously mailed an application to the Association of American Educators (www.aaeteachers.org), which is a professional organization for teachers that provides legal representation and insurance but doesn't spend any of my dues on left-wing politics (or any politics for that matter) like the NEA/CTA does.
Every year, I have read articles about how the NEA and CTA spend their money, and about the stupid resolutions that are passed at their yearly conventions; resolutions that have noting to do with education (minimum wage, gay marriage, the Iraq War, etc.). I couldn't stand it anymore.
There is a famous quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson. He said, "To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical." As long as I was a member of the Teachers Union, I was being compelled to furnish money for beliefs which I do not share or support. That is now coming to an end. From now on, the CTA will be required - by law - to return to me all of the dues I pay that would have gone to political activism on their part. With that returned money, I can easily pay my $150-per-year dues to the AAE. Not a bad deal.
For more information about Teachers and the role of the Unions in their profession, visit the site for the California Teachers Empowerment Network (CTEN) located on my blogroll at left.
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