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This Edition: July 2023

Fearless: Moms for Liberty Hold Annual Summit

Former president and current 2024 presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, headed a list of prominent speakers at the Moms for Liberty “Joyful Warriors” National Summit held June 29 through July 2 in Philadelphia. Trump thanked the group’s leaders Tiffany Justice, Tina Descovich, and Marie Rogerson, and commended them for “the amazing job they’ve done building the organization into a grassroots juggernaut with 120,000 members in 45 states and growing every single day.” Trump observed that “people are inspired [by your work] and you have a lot of people who are very much in support.” He praised the crowd “of activists and citizen leaders” for attending the summit, saying: “You have to be an activist nowadays because we are dealing with crazy people.”

Of moms in general, Trump said, “you have proven there is no earthly force more powerful than the love of a mother for her children; so true. In school board races, PTA meetings, and town halls across the nation, you have taught the radical Marxists and communists a lesson they will never forget — don’t mess with America’s moms.” He added: “As we gather today, our beloved nation is teetering on the edge of tyranny; our enemies are waging war on freedom and faith, on science and religion, on history and tradition, on law, on our children, on the family, on America itself.” But, he contended, “the people in this room” and fellow lovers of liberty will never let that happen “because we love our nation, we love our children, and we love our freedom.”


War on Unborn and Parental Rights in Ohio

An op-ed written by attorney Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, and published by The, sheds light on a ballot initiative in Ohio which, if passed, will close the door on parental rights and set a dangerous precedent across the country. At issue is a pro-abortion amendment to the Ohio constitution that opponents say “would outlaw virtually any restrictions on abortion and all other procedures, including sex-change surgeries, that touch on reproduction, for both adults and minors. It would cancel out not only parental-consent laws but also mere parental notification for minors’ abortions or sex-change surgeries....”

Martin points out that the Biden Administration “is leading the charge” in the ideological campaign “to push parents out of fundamental decisions involving their children and thus to destroy parental rights,” citing Biden’s familiar quote: “There is no such thing as someone else’s child. Our nation’s children are all our children.” He noted that similar references have been made by Vice President Harris and White House Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre that “American children are our children. They belong to all of us.”


The Costly Failure of Public Schools

The failed U.S. public schools are more than 200 percent more expensive to operate today than they were in 1970, according to the most recent figures published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). These numbers include costs for “instruction, support services, food services, and enterprise operations.”

New York is the most expensive state for K-12 education, with a whopping annual per-pupil price tag of $29,597 in 2020 “in constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis.” In 1970, the same per-pupil cost for New York public school students was $9,905.


NEA Convention 2023: Same Liberal Snoozefest, Same Liberal Lies

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the NEA’s annual Representative Assembly (RA) over the July 4 holiday was that the union actually held the meeting in Orlando, Florida, despite its aversion to the state’s governor and the pro-parent education laws enacted by the legislature. In her keynote address, NEA President Becky Pringle labeled Florida “our nation’s Ground Zero for shameful, racist, homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic rhetoric and dangerous actions.” The union staged its own protest on July 5, using the laughable themes of “Freedom to Learn” and “Teach Truth,” which prompted some observers to question whether the NEA is capable of grasping the meaning of either.

According to Mike Antonucci’s Education Intelligence Agency (EIA), which makes a valiant annual effort to penetrate the wall of secrecy surrounding the RA and report on its proceedings, this year’s event was no less scripted and “stage-managed” to ensure that “no shadows were cast across its self-image as the progressive defender of democracy.”


Teen Eagles Release Final Worldview Video: Secular Humanism

The St. Louis Teen Eagles (TE) have released the final video in their three-part series explaining the major worldviews. This video tackles the Secular Humanism worldview. Last month’s installment featured the Marxism-Leninism worldview.

Secular Humanism attaches prime importance to human beings, rejecting any concept of the divine or supernatural, and accepts that humans are capable of morality and self-fulfillment without a belief in God. The theology of Secular Humanism can be summed up by its founder, Paul Kurtz, who said: “Humanism cannot, in any fair sense of the word, apply to one who still believes in God as the source and creator of the universe.” This worldview rejects the truth of man’s sinful nature and instead believes humans are perfectible and that we should strive to perfect every human person.


Book Review

Brutal Minds: The Dark World of Left-Wing Brainwashing in our Universities

By Stanley K. Ridgley, Ph.D.,
Humanix Books, 2023


  • The duly elected Francis Howell School Board members in St. Charles County, Missouri, voted 5-2 on July 20 to revoke a resolution allegedly against racism that is in itself racist.
  • Louisiana has become the 20th state to safeguard children from life-altering transgender surgeries, overriding Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto of the Stop Harming Our Kids Act (HB 648).

  • The Minnesota Department of Education has a new “LGBTQ education specialist who called for teachers to discuss nonbinary identities with preschoolers” as far back as 2019, when he was the LGBTQ program director for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).

  • Homeschooling families persuaded Minnesota lawmakers to strike new standardized testing requirements from both the House and Senate versions of a bill.
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Be Our Guest:
Contributing Author Essays

Fabian Permeation and Capture of the NEA: The People, Processes and Purpose

Editor’s Note: The May and June issues of Education Reporter featured parts one and two of a series by Dr. Mary Byrne, Ed.D., on how the National Education Association (NEA) is molding the future of American education. The May article demonstrated that, before the NEA could succeed in this effort, it first had to be remolded itself. In June, we explored the history of the Progressive Education Association (PEA). This month, Education Reporter publishes part three, the final portion of this fascinating exposé.

When Teachers College, Columbia University’s George Counts approached the National Education Association (NEA) with his social reconstructionist ideas, the NEA had already been primed for transforming the role of schools from education to preparation as social change agents. In 1913, the NEA published bulletin 41 that proposed to redefine the duties of citizenship. An excerpt of bulletin 41 as cited in the Reece Committee report follows:

by Dr. Mary Byrne



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