Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Latest Frontier in the Left’s War on Academic Freedom

Since the publication of The Port Huron Statement by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1962, leftists have openly declared their plans to infiltrate college campuses and high schools to indoctrinate impressionable youths.

After nearly 60 years, a pernicious liberal bias has pervaded all facets of the education system. After a string of left-wing successes, the frontlines have moved onto elementary schools.

TownHall’s Marina Medvin reports:
 

Grade schools throughout the country are rewriting their history curriculums based on today’s leftist politics. Some Illinois, New York and New Jersey public schools are teaching a collection of New York Times leftist opinion essays known as the 1619 Project as factual objective history. This leftist propaganda project audaciously rewrites our history as a country that was started as a “slavocracy” in 1619 and attempts to prove that “nearly everything that has made America exceptional grew out of slavery.” Select Vermont, Oregon, California, and Washington state public schools will be teaching “social justice” and “institutionalized racism” in place of mathematics, because, wait for it … math is racist.

And, a growing list of private schools throughout the country are rolling out the Pollyanna curriculum, which teaches kids that “racism is a primary institution of the United States” and requires political compliance by students for “rectifying current social ills, such as learning and planning how to carry out anti-racist activism and/or social advocacy.” According to multiple parents who pay to send their children to one of these schools, conservative students are being discriminated against when they voice objection to the politics of such a curriculum. A white student was told to “go home” and “check your white privilege,” upon questioning a teacher on the suspicious similarity between “equity” and socialism, a private school parent reported to TownHall. The parent advised that this teacher was not disciplined after complaints from parents and continues to “educate” the students. Another parent reported that a conversation with administrators about concerns with the racially charged curriculum resulted in a response indicating that the complaining parent was implicitly biased, just as Pollyanna prophecies.

Race-baiting has effectively replaced history class (even math class for some). But classroom indoctrination isn’t enough. The leftist puppeteering is only effective if it transcends the bounds of schoolhouses.

Virginia public schools are now encouraging students to engage in protests — giving them an excused absence if they go. Pollyanna, for private schools, begins indoctrinating protest as a tool for the effectuation of liberal policy in the Third Grade, in a lesson that teaches 8-year-old children “how we can be agents of communal, social, political, and environmental change.” The neoliberal politician behind Virginia’s new protest policy hopes this trend will catch on. “I think we’re setting the stage for the rest of the nation with this,” he told the Washington Post. “It’s a dawning of a new day in student activism, and school systems everywhere are going to have to be responsive to it.” He tweeted that his policy was in response to a “steady rise in student activism.” Back in September, New York City public schools excused absences for kids who skipped school to protest climate change. Last year, Massachusetts private schools excused absences for gun control walkouts. CNN and other leftist media outlets encouraged a “National School Walkout” and taught kids about their “rights.” 

Continue reading at TownHall.

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