Greetings, NDU!

I hope yours was a terrific and safe Independence Day holiday with those you love.

Today, I want to share a few things with you:

  • The NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA) was held virtually last Thursday and Friday, with several meetings occurring in the week prior to the actual RA. Due to the nature of the RA, there were no New Business Items considered and we did the essential business of the NEA, like presenting a budget and hearing from candidates for NEA offices. The results of the election will not be known until August, as the 8,000 or so delegates have to vote by mail. Thanks to our NDU delegates for their dedication and especially to PAC captains Toni Gumeringer and Alicia Bata for helping us to surpass our $200/delegate contribution to the NEA Fund for Children and Education.
  • On July 3, at an event at Mt. Rushmore, President Trump said, “Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes but that were villains.” As someone who know teachers across this state, I can assure President Trump that his statement is utterly mistaken. Parents, not teachers, have the largest impact on the political views their children adopt. A 2005 Gallup Poll showed that 71 percent of young people shared their parents’ political inclinations. Teachers teach the students they love important critical thinking skills. They teach students to be productive citizens. They do not indoctrinate them into ideologies, be they liberal or conservative.
  • Data from the ND Department of Health show that our rates of infection from COVID-19 are on the rise. This is not good news for any of us as increasing infection rates may well jeopardize the regular reopening of schools, public workspaces, and our university campuses. At least a few businesses are requiring customers and staff to wear masks, and I, for one, will continue to do so. If even 60 percent of the population wore masks that were 60 percent effective, we could end this insidious virus and reclaim a sense of normalcy.

That’s it for this week. Here’s to a great week. Stay safe!

Nick Archuleta

ND United President