The 73rd Annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday was ultimately reduced to three stubborn kids. The finalists all had different backgrounds and interests, and came from different parts of the country. But all three did have one striking thing in common:

They were home schoolers. And with the home-schooled population growing so fast (there are at least 1.7 million in America, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association), it's become really hard to find opponents of home education who will openly criticize the movement.

Except, that is, for the National Education Association.

In section B-67 of their 1999-2000 Official Resolutions, the NEA repeated the same bullshit that they've been relying on for the past two decades:

"National Education Association believes that home schooling programs cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience... Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used. The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities in the public school system."

What a progressive organization that is, eh? Thanks, NEA, for single-handedly screwing up three entire generations of kids. So far . . .