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There is a very dangerous (and I do mean dangerous) trend happening right now in America’s school systems. If you have children in school, take the time to read what they are being taught. It is very upsetting the things I have discovered recently. If nothing else, this update is one long argument for homeschooling, charter schools and/or a need to be HEAVILY involved in the local PTA.
The Gateway Pundit steered me to Critical Race Theory watchdog Christopher F. Rufo and his latest findings and boy, was my mind blown by what people are teaching our kids. Case in point, according to Rufo, “The principal of East Side Community School in New York sent white parents this “tool for action,” which tells them they must become “white traitors” and then advocate for full “white abolition.” Here are some of the class materials promoting this.
But wait, there’s more.
The SFUSD Arts Department is changing its name from “VAPA” — an acronym for visual and performing arts — because they say that “acronyms are a symptom of white supremacy culture,” according to a report by ABC 7 News.
“We are prioritizing antiracist arts instruction in our work,” said the director of the Art Department. Therefore, the department will dump the acronym VAPA and adopt the name SFUSD Arts Department.
“It is a very simple step we can take to just be referred to as the SFUSD Arts Department for families to better understand who we are,” said Sam Bass, Director of the SFUSD Arts Department.
In a letter, Bass explains why they believe acronyms are a “symptom of white supremacy culture.”
“The use of so many acronyms within the educational field often tends to alienate those who may not speak English to understand the acronym,” he said.
Part of the toolkit includes a list of ways “white supremacy culture” allegedly “infiltrates math classrooms.” Those include “the focus is on getting the ‘right’ answer,” students being “required to ‘show their work,'” and other alleged manifestations.
“The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so,” the document for the “Equitable Math” toolkit reads. “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”
A gay father was denied a spot on the San Francisco School Board’s Parent Advisory Council due to his race during a Feb. 9 meeting.
Seth Brenzel was unanimously endorsed by the sitting members of the Parent Advisory Council for one of the council’s four open seats. The Advisory Council specifically noted that it was lacking representation from “LGBTQ+ families, and those with experience with foster youth.”
Brenzel and his husband are adoptive fathers.
Before the school board began even considering Brenzel’s appointment, however, Commissioner Matt Alexander expressed concern about “creating [a] space that over-represent[s] white parents.”
When I see stuff like this, something in my stomach turns. Racism was not right in the Civil Rights era and its not right today; no matter who seeks to inflict it. Any day now, I expect to hear calls for cancelling Martin Luther King, Jr. because he once said,
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
I’m not the only one who thinks so. In an interview with Breitbart News Daily on Martin Luther King Day, Star Parker, president and CEO of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, discussed how the Left will approach race in the Biden Administration and why Martin Luther King would be canceled today. Listen to it here.
But, I digress. My concerns about the public schools system go beyond teaching our children to see racism everywhere. It also extends to a lack of thought diversity. For instance,the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is set to vote on new “culturally responsive” teaching standards that would force educators to “embrace and encourage progressive viewpoints.” To quote the Daily Wire:
On Feb. 16, the ISBE will decide whether to implement the new K-12 teaching standards titled, “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading.” According to a copy of the proposed legislation obtained by The Daily Wire, teachers will be forced to embrace left-wing social policies as part of the school curriculum.
The proposed legislation calls on teachers and leaders to be “culturally responsive,” which is defined over six pages of requirements.
First, the “culturally responsive” teacher must actively work to reform the institutions in which they work to become more tolerant and anti-racist. Teachers are required to “assess how their biases and perceptions affect their teaching practice and how they access tools to mitigate their own behaviors” This includes, but is not limited to, racism, sexism, homophobia, unearned privilege, and Eurocentrism.
The language of that legislation assumes 1) the teachers are already racist and need to repent, 2) teachers undoubtedly treat their students unfairly as any racist would and 3) teachers must realize how racist they are then, actively change their behavior based on the administration’s guidelines. Critical race theory rears its ugly head again. But besides all of that, could anyone wanting to teach in a non-political way prosper in that school system? Doubtful. Here’s another quote from that article.
Advocates from the Illinois Pro-Family Alliance told The Daily Herald that they are fearful that these new requirements will silence teachers and students with diverse viewpoints and indoctrinate students.
“This requirement will create potential conflicts with the deeply held religious convictions of teachers, parents, and students,” the organization said. “Not all teachers would be able to comply with the new standards without violating their consciences.”
When you judge people based on skin color and force teachers (who want to keep their jobs) to teach that way, what else can you do to make a bad situation more volatile? Well, you could add a Black Lives Matter agenda to the K-12 Curriculum and when they grow up to be teenagers and young adults, they will riot with a fervor we have yet to witness since… the “mostly peaceful” George Floyd protests. Why? Well, I speculate it will be because they will be taught to hate America as an irredeemably racist country controlled by white oppressors who are born that way. In that case, the only logical step is to destroy everything and rebuild it all from scratch. Sigh. I recommend this article from American Thinker. I quote:
February is Black History Month, and the push to inject Black Lives Matter curriculum into America’s K-12 schools is in high gear. In the fight for racial justice, the slogan “black lives matter” is a reasonable mantra that focusses on equality; creating a fair and inclusive society is indeed a very worthy goal.
But “Black Lives Matter” the activist organization with a registered political action committee is a different matter entirely. And it’s Black Lives Matter the political organization that is pushing an agenda-driven curriculum into America’s K-12 schools, an agenda that at times is not only racially polarizing, but one that calls for defunding police; disrupting the nuclear family; and replacing individualism and capitalism with an irresponsible brand of socialist globalism.
Further in the article it discusses how, according to BLM, black teachers are being forced out of the public school system which is VERY untrue. Check out the graph below from the 2017 Minority Teacher Recruitment Report.
In reference to “dissatisfied with administration” shown on the graph above, this quote from the article “Why are there so few black male teachers?” is applicable:
But the working conditions in many high-poverty, urban schools are not conducive to long, fulfilling careers — for anyone.
Kyle Boyer quit his job at one of those schools. He says teachers were given little autonomy to run their classrooms the way they thought best. And there was lots of pressure to raise test scores.
“When you’re constantly under the pressures of data and assessment [and there’s no] freedom and trust to innovate, I think it leads folks to not really be happy with their jobs,” he said.
On surveys, 50 percent of teachers of color who leave their jobs cite job dissatisfaction.
I happen to know that the pressure to raise test scores in poorly performing schools is very real. We here in Atlanta are very sensitive to that fact. Despite that, what you may notice from the chart I cited above is that racism was not on the list as a reason why black teachers quit their jobs. In fact, some people, lots of people are going out of their way to recruit them. So when BLM’s “School Week of Action Starter Kit” says…
The elimination of Black teachers is an aggressive push towards homogenizing education in America, creating the School to Prison Pipeline, and honoring the pervasive system of racism from which our country gains its roots… Our Black Teachers need our support and deserve to no longer be abandoned.
It is simply not true.
I am glad that I do not have school age children. My heart goes out to those who do. To those who are homeschooling, I salute you and your sacrifice to raise your children away from the PC madness. To those with children in public school, I implore you to get more involved with what your child is learning. A passive approach today, may very well result in a riot tomorrow. To those of you who are diligent, involved and caring parents, thank you, on behalf of the American citizens who will not suffer later because you are being responsible today.
That’s it. Nothing witty to add here. More tomorrow.