The most interesting information was about NEA's commitment to social justice. These are the types of injustice NEA is working to prevent, with historical examples.
- Exploitation: what one group does only benefits another group (slavery)
- Marginalization: exclusion of group from society (Indian reservations)
- Powerlessness: no access to make decisions (women's right to vote)
- Cultural Imperialism: group's culture is the norm (White Anglo Saxon Protestants in Western culture)
- Violence: random attacks against a group (burning crosses on lawns of blacks during 1960's)
One of the great things about attending these trainings is to meet and network with others from around the nation. One gal from Kansas said they had a big district, because they just opened their second high school. The lady from Nebraska teaches in a K-12 school that is it's own district! The woman from New Mexico said they are not able to sit down and negotiate salary or benefits; they are told what they will receive, and she is glad they currently have a "benevolent" superintendent. I have already corresponded with a couple of these ladies and have some ideas to use in the coming year.