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Virginia Mandates “Slavery Lessons” . . . For Kindergarteners

Virginia Mandates “Slavery Lessons” . . . For Kindergarteners

“Sugarcoating or ignoring slavery until later grades makes students more upset by or even resistant to true stories about American history”

Here at LI, we have long covered the Marxist takeover of college education and its devolution into the crazed, self-righteous cancel culture cult that has taken over the leftstream media, Hollywood, and major corporations.  Campus culture has become American culture in many disturbing and alarming ways, and as Andrew Breitbart famously noted “politics is downstream from culture.”

The radical left, while housed in and focused mainly on college campuses, has long been eyeing K-12 education as the next great front in their war against America, capitalism, the “rich,” and white people.

Having won—at least for now—the college campus war, they are increasingly shifting focus to our elementary schools.  The younger, the better appears to be the philosophy of those wishing to replace traditional, useful education with identity indoctrination.

We saw this broadly with the New York Times‘ 1619 project, a ridiculously inaccurate mishmash of history and fiction that ignores everything positive about America while hammering missteps and making up out of whole cloth damning narratives intended to instill anti-American, anti-capitalist sentiment among American schoolchildren.  And make no mistake, this travesty is being taught in K-12 schools across the country as if it were fact and not revolutionary fantasy.

With every victory the left claims, they dig into the K-12 classroom.  Remember when all the left cared about were their gazillion genders?  Remember how they had elementary school children coloring “gender identity” unicorns?

The next “big” thing was “white privilege,” so K-12 schools were teaching children that if they are white, they are born racist.  Period. The end. It’s over for you, little child, you are an awful person because you were born white.  Children came home in tears, telling their parents, “I’m a bad person.”

The latest “big” thing for the radical loons who apparently want children programmed for life is a the mandate in Virginia that all children in kindergarten be indoctrinated with slavery lessons.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Virginia kindergarten students will learn about institutional racism alongside the alphabet, according to a new curriculum created for the upcoming school year.

Loudoun County is adding “social justice” to the mission of teaching elementary school students reading, writing, and arithmetic. The Washington, D.C., suburb—the richest county in the country—has teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) education arm Teaching Tolerance to develop its new curriculum. The proposed lesson plan will restructure history and social studies classes to emphasize slavery as fundamental to American society for students from kindergarten to the fifth grade.

“Sugarcoating or ignoring slavery until later grades makes students more upset by or even resistant to true stories about American history,” the curriculum reads. “Long before we teach algebra, we teach its component parts. We should structure history instruction the same way.”

The ten levels of destructive crazy here are mind-boggling.  In kindergarten, kids should be enjoying story time with their favorite transvestite learning the alphabet, finger-painting, and taking naps not learning about slavery.

But the giveaway, of course, is the fact that not teaching children who can’t yet be depended upon to go potty by themselves the left’s anti-American hatred makes them “resistant to true stories about American history.”

Ah yes, there’s the rub.  Children who don’t learn about how much America sucks by the time they are seven tend to be resistant to the idea that America sucks.

Apparently, the idea is to eschew crazy lessons like reading, writing, and arithmetic, and to focus instead on creating miniature social justice warriors.

The Washington Free Beacon continues:

“The state Board of Education approves content standards and curriculum frameworks for history and social studies,” a state education department spokesman said. “Local school boards are responsible for developing or adopting curriculum aligned with the state standards and framework.” Loudoun County’s school board did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The guide encourages educators to create opportunities for kindergarten, first, and second grade students to learn about “activism and action civics.”

“Students should study examples of role models from the past and present, and ask themselves, ‘how can I make a difference?'” the guide says. “These conversations [about slavery] should lead into discussions about current injustices—particularly those that continue to disenfranchise and oppress the descendants of enslaved people—and possibilities for activism and reform.”

There is some pushback from parents and teachers, however.

The Washington Free Beacon continues:

Not every Loudoun County educator is on board with the administration’s direction. A longtime elementary school teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said that the school system had always taught students about the reality of slavery—lessons that typically begin in the fourth grade. She said the administrative focus to push racial politics on students who do not yet know how to read is motivated by politics, rather than education.

“I teach lower grades in elementary school.… [Never before] did I have to teach about slavery,” the teacher said. “Our standards were always [to] teach about famous Americans, George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., people like that. But, it was all very general and the bigger picture, we highlighted their accomplishments.”

The new Teaching Tolerance kindergarten curriculum requires teachers to explain social justice theories to five-year-olds. The Loudoun County elementary school teacher believes this curriculum will prove divisive for children who lack the maturity to deal with the subject.

“What they’re really trying to do is divide people as early as they can, starting now with kindergarteners. They’re really going to be inciting hate,” the teacher said. “They’re pointing out that there’s ‘whiteness’ and ‘blackness’ and that’s crazy. We never taught about that in school…. We learn about how to get along with one another and be kind and respect others. But now, with this new curriculum that they’re adding, it’s going to do the total opposite.”

I used to do a thing on Twitter where I would tweet stories about the horrors of K-12 education with a tag line that consisted of randomly hit numbers and the same refrain:  “Reason 915,587 to home school.”  I think this move by Virginia easily moves the number up to seven figures.


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Best to start indoctrination at the youngest age possible

I just had my first professional encounter with this nonsense yesterday. I am being “trained” in a set of science standards in order to be eligible for a grant to get some lab equipment. Apparently, it is now very important to discuss ways science and engineering can lead to racial justice in my community.

    Who needs reeducation camps when every workplace is a wokeplace?


      Like the ChiComs, modern American Marxists have learned to love and embrace big corporations. They are a perfect vehicle for implementing their socialist social and economic engineering schemes. With an added bonus. If the corporation fails the Marxists can blame the greedy corporation. Their socialist social engineering expertiments are always free from blame.

      If only the Soviets had discovered this arrangement the Soviet Union might still be around. The ChiComs are all in on it.

      What do the Big Corps get out of the deal? They are declared too big to fail. The socialists will always bail them out. Small corps are weeded out this way, too. Eventually there will only be Big Corps. And they will essentially be extensions of the socialist government. Behind the scenes the Big Corp bureaucrats are protected by “can’t fire” policies. What more could a Big Corp bureaucrat want?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Dathurtz. | July 21, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Does the grant money require a predetermined result?

      Are there grants that don’t?

      Not as far as I can tell. All I know is my boss told me that I have to do this training in order for a charity group to pay for an analytical balance, a small incubator, and some various other materials. If there are other strings attached, then I don’t know about them.

        Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Dathurtz. | July 21, 2020 at 10:06 am

        Oh, you’ll find out about all those “other requirements” right after your receive your new analytical balance, incubator, and other materials from this “charity group”. And by that time, it’ll be far to late to withdraw from the deal.

          Then I will get the pleasure of telling them to go pound sand of they want me to do anything besides provide effective education about scientific principles and scientific reasoning.

          Luckily, I am in an extremely conservative area so a group being extra SJW isn’t very likely.

        Hollymon in reply to Dathurtz. | July 22, 2020 at 10:58 am

        Politely decline the offer and make due.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Dathurtz. | July 21, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Did you explain to them the engineering of how a traitor’s firing squad in the traitor”s noose works?

    Hollymon in reply to Dathurtz. | July 22, 2020 at 10:55 am

    No, it isn’t.

Slavery is an economic system that works when there’s no free market or state protection of property rights. Enslave your defeated enemies instead of killing them, a win/win.

The free market and protection of property rights makes a slave contribute more to society working in his own interest than as a slave, and the system no longer worked.

The necessary free market ideas were a Western invention.

Sugarcoating or ignoring slavery

They’re right. Slavery should be abolished. What a novel idea.

I would hope that they would teach slavery as it exists in the 20th and 21st centuries. There are still nations with slavery. There was the enslavement of millions by the Nazis and Japanese in World War II.

It would not be a misuse of the word to claim that the North Koreans have enslaved people. I hope that we can spare the kindergardeners the human trafficing aspect of slavery.

What are the specific provisions adopted by the State Board of Education?

    Well, for this to matter, the BLM and assorted Marxists would have to actually care about slavery. They do not. Pointing out that slavery still exists on this planet, that our eradication of it over a hundred years ago is an anomaly, falls on deaf ears.

    This is a political, ideological, anti-American, anti-capitalist movement USING racism and slavery to further its cause. We cannot defeat them by pointing out that slavery exists in the world today because they simply don’t give a damn about slavery, per se. Indeed, modern-day slavery doesn’t bother them one bit, so we know they are not acting in good conscience. The key is figuring out how to counter them effectively while understanding that what they claim to hate is what they are.

      randian in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 21, 2020 at 9:54 am

      That’s because they don’t merely not care about slavery, they want to actively practice it, with America’s European-heritage population as the slaves.

      Modern Marxists have replaced the oppressed proletariat with assorted non-while, non-male identity groups. These are the new oppressed.

      Similarly, they’ve replace the bourgeoisie as the oppressors with racist sexist whites. In particular racist sexist white males. Especially older racist sexist white males. Racist sexist dead white males were the worst oppressors of all. Let’s tear down all their statues. And, for obvious reasons, Trump cannot be hated enough.

      For now the new Robber Baron capitalists (Bezos, Gates, Zuckerberg, et al.) get a pass as long as they go along to get along with the modern Marxists.

    Joe-dallas in reply to lawgrad. | July 21, 2020 at 7:47 am

    various forms of Slavery exists through out the muslim world – you know the religious culture the left isnt at war with.

    buck61 in reply to lawgrad. | July 21, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I’ll wager big money that they don’t talk about those Nike shoes that are being made by modern day slaves. School systems have a long history of taking Nike money and product.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to lawgrad. | July 21, 2020 at 10:14 am

    What are the specific provisions adopted by the State Board of Education?

    I would suspect the usual BLM, white hating nonsense. You know white people bad, black people good and the like.

freespeechfanatic | July 21, 2020 at 7:51 am

If the democrats win big in November, within six months to a year this country will be the de facto United States of Communist China. Yes, it will be that swift.

    This is truth. We all need to do our part, actively, to ensure this doesn’t happen. Who is working locally to register GOP voters? Who is working locally for President Trump? It’s all hands on deck time, get active, don’t just sit around griping, support the GOP in both the House and Senate because Trump NEEDS them should he win. Be smart. Stop worrying about litmus and purity tests, and start worrying about our country. We don’t have time or room for crazy, let’s just get ‘er done (Trump in the White House, and both Houses in GOP hands). Trump is useless without Congress, so . . . .

      zennyfan in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 21, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      As much as I’d like to agree, that scenario didn’t work out in 2016, with Republicans in Congress actively subverting Trump. Still haven’t scheduled any Senate recesses without pro-forma sessions to block Trump from making recess appointments, have you Mitch?

      henrybowman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 22, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      Yeah, if only voting for GOP candidates would fix this, instead of just drawing it our for a new years. The GOP is the Maginot Line of US politics.

They think sex ed should start then, too, and it should not be limited to puppies and guppies.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 21, 2020 at 8:14 am

I still wonder what the gentleman in the background is thinking. “Oh, brother!”?

Concepts are introduced at certain grade levels to reflect cognitive development. Kinders learn their numbers – yes, many kids come to school not knowing these – but do not do linear equations. For a reason. Social Studies for Kinder covers me, my community, social manners (probably to include burning things in Virginia now), and the like. Educators know this. Introducing slavery, and as a commenter above rightly questioned, is only to indoctrinate as anything having to do with slavery, historically, currently, or economically, will be beyond the cognitive understanding of a child of Kinder age. Kids at this age can be taught to fear and hate.

2smartforlibs | July 21, 2020 at 9:29 am

The worst part about these divided states is the outliers don’t have enough population to change anything so the knuckle draggers in the cities make the calls on all this crap.

    Music Man in reply to 2smartforlibs. | July 21, 2020 at 9:49 am

    I think the outliers are going to exercise some “choice” in education and pull their kids out. With the schools dithering about in-person classes and the non-educational demands of teachers’ unions, people are fed up. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when school districts realize much too late that they have far fewer students enrolled than anticipated and have to begin furloughing teachers. Grab the popcorn folks.

      “You really think that the teachers are the ones that are going to be furloughed? Nope, it’s going to be the support staff. The cafeteria workers, the teacher’s aides, the secretaries, the guidance counselors, the school nurse, the janitors and maintenance people. They’ll all go first.”

      I strongly doubt it. For one thing, taxes will be sent soaring to cover the shortfall. This is the usual Communist response to any crisis (real or imagined).

      For another, escape hatches such as private schools and homeschooling will be closed by the Biden administration. Already I hear talk among Communist “educators” and politicians about requiring homeschool parents to be government-certified teachers using a government-approved curriculum, with some very public prosecutions of parents who defy authority. This would effectively end homeschooling. Private schools, particular Christian and Jewish schools, can expect massive Federal intrusion in the form of laws and daily oversight aimed at making it so expensive and complicated to comply that they will forced to shut their doors.

      From the Communist point of view, the ideal situation is to take preschool children from their parents as soon as possible to be raised by the State until they are adults. This situation existed to a certain extent in Kampuchea and China, with heavy reliance on boarding schools and children’s communes. But that will take some time to implement here.

or even resistant to true stories about American history

This is what it’s really about. Tell them lies now so they won’t reject the bigger lies later.

    rscalzo in reply to randian. | July 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    It should be part of history. In high school… or middle school. But teach all the truth and not just the part the liberals push. Let them know who ran the trade at the source. Teach the slave trade all over the world.

      henrybowman in reply to rscalzo. | July 22, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      Where I grew up, in the very backyard of LI Foundation, the biggest grocery store in town had a gigantic cartoon mural on one wall illustrating the “Triangle Trade” for which the area was famous. Ships ran molasses from the Caribbean to New England to be turned into rum. Then those ships ran the rum to Africa, to be traded for slaves. Finally, the ships ran the slaves back to the Caribbean for the “payday leg” of the trip, and used part of that money to stock up on cheap molasses for the next turn of the wheel. Two facts that impressed me as a child was that those slaves never touched American soil, and that the black tribal leaders sold their countrymen for cheap booze.

Lucifer Morningstar | July 21, 2020 at 10:25 am

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when school districts realize much too late that they have far fewer students enrolled than anticipated and have to begin furloughing teachers.

You really think that the teachers are the ones that are going to be furloughed? Nope, it’s going to be the support staff. The cafeteria workers, the teacher’s aides, the secretaries, the guidance counselors, the school nurse, the janitors and maintenance people. They’ll all go first. And then maybe, just maybe, some low level yearly contract teachers. But the teachers with continuing contracts and union protection? Hell, no. They’ll still be around being paid no matter how few students are enrolled.

    Been through one of these before and they do furlough teachers. They will cut support staff, but the teachers will be shocked to see their positions cut as well. Too many of them believe their own propaganda and think that parents really can’t choose how their children will be educated.

The Bride has a nephew whose four children could carry on an adult level conversation before they were officially in their teens. They were crowded around me when I topped off the refrigerant charge in one of their cars a couple of years ago, asking very good questions and getting a course in basic physics, complete with first hand illustration on the relationship between pressure and temperature. In a few seconds they understood the refrigeration cycle. I’m no expert on the topic so they soon exhausted my knowledge – then they started doing internet searches.

What a shock, they’re home schooled!

Will the little dears be taught to able to identify which man in the photo is their Governor — the one in blackface or the one wearing a KKK hood and robes?

[George] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, & murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.
– unabridged Declaration of Indepdendence

The full truth, or will they speak truth to facts as is their custom? Lose your religion, stop exercising liberal license to indulge diversity (e.g. racism, sexism) and other classes of bigotry.

Brave Sir Robbin | July 21, 2020 at 11:06 am

I’m more worried about the guy in the foreground, frankly.

Also, I resent being lectured to about the evils or racism and slavery by guy who dressed up in black face well into his adult life.

If they did not have double standards, they would have no standards at all.

The Constitution, less the Twilight Amendment (i.e. establishment of the Progressive Church and Pro-Choice religion), never indulged diversity (e.g. racism, sexism), but the [political] myths have progressed and found sanctuary in liberal institutions, notably the diversity racket, academia, and popular culture. The revolution was a stand against diversity, slavery, minority regimes, and redistributive change. Unfortunately, the original compromise was made in order to avoid a conflict that was born with globalist and leftist intent, fueled by a progressive African market for slaves.

Will the governor start the lesson in blackface or a white robe?

Interesting, in my little corner of Silicon Valley our school district had to throw away all of the history/social studies texts because of COVID19 contamination. Funny how English and math textbooks are still OK. I wonder what will be the replacement? Curious.

Teaching the kiddies about white racial inferiority.

I would hope that the instruction would include art – what combination of water paints / crayola crayons would produce the same blackface effect that the Governor achieved in his racist depictions of slaves in med school.

WatchingAndWaiting | July 22, 2020 at 12:43 pm

It is a tad hard to comprehend why he knee jerk opposition here to teaching kids the history of slavery in this country … It is not as though it is a fantasy tale. That said, having regularly read comments on this site, it is not difficult to understand that oppo!

I’m all for teaching them about slavery as long as part of that curriculum includes teaching that BLACK PEOPLE IN AFRICA SOLD OTHER BLACK PEOPLE IN AFRICA TO WHITE PEOPLE FROM MANY PLACES, NOT JUST NORTH AMERICA. Also that democrats started the KKK, were responsible for Jim Crow laws, segregation, and black family disintegration in the inner cities of the east coast…and still are.

Should I hold my breath?

More and more in my town are fed up with school costs and low proformance. Time to cut costs and start privitizung and starting more charter schools.

henrybowman | July 22, 2020 at 6:07 pm

“Children who don’t learn about how much America sucks by the time they are seven tend to be resistant to the idea that America sucks.”

I certainly don’t see sufficient evidence of this premise.