NEA President’s Speech Sparks Comparisons to ‘The Office’ Character

Over Independence Day weekend, the NEA president received a lot of backlash for her completely “unhinged” speech, which many have compared to a comedic sketch from the hit American TV series “The Office.”

The (NEA) National Education Association’s president, Becky Pringle, pounded the podium, wildly waved her hands, and shouted over and over again regarding gaining “all the things” during the RA and Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Reviewers on social media drew parallels between the speech and a legendary one starring Dwight Schrute.

Pringle demanded radical social justice reform in the classroom for the sake of equality during the rant. 

As she flung her arms around and moved her head back and forth, Pringle said the NEA aimed to bring the nation together and prioritize public education as a vital part of democracy, with a focus on promoting social and racial justice. Despite their best efforts to break free from a challenging era of a dishonest, oppressive, and corrupt White House, they continue to face the lasting consequences of that difficult period.  She maniacally yelled that the students were counting on them to win “All the things!” She repeated, “All the things!!!” several times. 

Corey DeAngelis, a strong supporter of school choice, criticized her speech as chaotic and likened it to an episode from “The Office.”

She said that these individuals with a strong desire for control believe they have authority over everyone’s children. They belong to a group that reveres the government and strongly dislikes parents.  Pringle acted in a similar manner to Dwight Schrute. She seemed to be quite unhinged and determined to exert influence over the thoughts of children who weren’t her own.

The creators of Dwight’s speech drew inspiration from the speeches of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini to create his over-the-top performance.

“The Office” is an American television sitcom starring Rainn Wilson as Dwight Kurt Schrute III. At Dunder Mifflin, a paper distribution firm, Dwight works as Michael Scott’s assistant and salesperson until he is promoted.

Similar screechy phrases and mannerisms were said to be present in Pringle’s speech. Social justice reform in education was Pringle’s recommended solution.

According to Jason Bedrick, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Pringle’s vehemently political outburst was like an ad for school choice.