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Union-Linked Coalition Scripts ‘Messaging’ To Counter Parental Pushback Against Critical Race Theory

Union-Linked Coalition Scripts ‘Messaging’ To Counter Parental Pushback Against Critical Race Theory

Attacks on parents and groups opposing CRT in K-12 follow closely the messaging scripts and tactics prepared by the 300-group Future of Learning coalition CRT Messaging Guide. And deep in the mix was the largest teachers union in the nation, the National Education Association.

For the past several weeks, mainstream media and K-12 school and teachers union officials have been in a frenzy asserting that Critical Race Theory (CRT) does not really exist outside of legal and higher ed academia, that CRT is not taught in K-12, that parents protesting against CRT are billionaire-backed astroturf, and that opponents can’t even define what CRT is.

The opposition to CRT, we’ve been told, seeks to bar teaching historical truths and even “banning conversations about racism.” The messaging has been remarkably consistent, and erupted in the media in mid-June 2021, as we documented in two posts:

Was this media and activist frenzy organic, or itself astroturf?

Maybe it’s just coincidence, but shortly before the mid-June frenzy, a large coalition of over 300 progressive educational and union groups, over a dozen major left-leaning foundations and a parade of affiliated “influencers,” rolled out a CRT Messaging Guide with talking points identical to those repeated almost daily by teachers unions, in major newspapers, on MSNBC and CNN, and in digital media.

Whether the Message Guide was a script being read from, or simply reflected a coalescing of tactics and talking points, its appearance reflects how organized the messaging against parents has become.

Read the Messaging Guide below. It will all sound very, very, familiar.

NEA Comes Out Openly For CRT

No discussion about the ongoing targeting of parents opposed to CRT would be complete without mentioning The National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers union in the country. NEA has a budget in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and has been firmly behind the push to teach CRT to children in K-12. Those of us who have followed the attacks on parents speaking out against CRT in K-12 know of deep union involvement — we saw it in the attacks on Nicole Solas in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, by the local NEA affiliate.

But now it’s all out in the open. NEA has come out for CRT.

First, last week NEA’s Representative Assembly passed a resolution requiring NEA to research groups opposed to CRT.  NEA was doing that already, but the resolution was important because it signaled that NEA members in your school districts are on board with investigating opponents of CRT. Second, that same Representative Assembly passed two resolution requiring NEA to promote CRT in schools nationwide and to protect programs already in place.

So CRT apparently is sufficiently defined and sufficiently taught in K-12 that NEA is coming to its rescue and promotion. The claims that CRT is not a thing in K-12 were a fraud.

So why have we been inundated with messaging to the contrary, trying to make parent protesters seem like they have invented CRT teaching out of thin air? The answer lies, in significant part, on message scripting reflected in a Message Guide produced by a massive coalition of educational groups funded in part by NEA, which has members on the group’s Steering Committee.

The Partnership For The Future Of Learning

The Partnership For The Future Of Learning (“Future Learning”) is a network of 300 organizations and 20 foundations that work together, as this self-description reflects;

The Partnership for the Future of Learning is a network of 300 organizations and 20 foundations that protects, strengthens, and advances education equity and meaningful learning—and supports the policies and practices that get us there.

This graphic tweeted by the group in Febuary 2021 describes the tremendous reach of the coalition:

The Future Learning website further adds: “The Partnership for the Future of Learning is housed and supported by the National Public Education Support Fund.” That group itself is funded in part by NEA, which has representation on the Steering Committee.

The list of Future Learning Funders includes major foundations supporting left-wing causes, including NEA itself.

NEA also is represented on the Future Learning Steering Committee.

The list of Partners is extensive:

The group also has an extensive list of speakers and “influencers” it uses:

The following partners are spokespeople, scholars, influencers, and storytellers who you can request for public-facing opportunities such as media inquiries, interviews, speeches, panels, and written pieces.

As can be seen from above, Future Learning is not some small activist group. It is a well-funded, highly-organized central hub for hundreds of activist groups, unions, foundations, “influencers,” and others enaged in progressive educational policy. NEA, which now is openly pushing CRT, is a funder and has representation on the Steering Committee.

The media frenzy demonizing opponents of CRT just happened to erupt not long after Future Learning rolled out its CRT Messaging Guide.

The Future Learning Messaging Guide

No later than early June 2021, Future Learning published a Messaging Guide specifically addressing Critical Race Theory and opposition to it in K-12.

The introduction provides that the Guide is for use by “District leaders and legislators” to “change the narrative” about the forms of CRT taught in schools:

When it comes to race and politics in education spaces, there have been varying levels of pushback over the years. Recently, these efforts have become more concerted, resulting in state level policy moves against Critical Race Theory (CRT) in curriculum, propaganda around “divisive concepts,” attacks on local districts, and scapegoating of individual educators. This new level of aggression is part of a culture war that is playing out at a national and global scale. District leaders and legislators can change the narrative with attention to racial equity, culturally responsive curriculum, and meaningful learning.

The Messaging Guide then has “Top 5 Messages” that will sound very familiar (emphasis added):

Top 5 Messages

  1. Truth in our classrooms propels young people towards a more united, inclusive, and just future.
  2. Trust students to talk about what’s happening in the world around them.
  3. Coordinated efforts to control curriculum come from aggressive right-wing instigators who want to stop educators and districts from working toward racial equity.
  4. When educators teach the truth, students start to see themselves as part of a bigger story.
  5. Banning conversations about racism in schools is a form of censorship. A shared, honest understanding of the past bridges divides.

The Messaging Guide suggests the use of the term “Culturally Responsive Education” and provides “5 Talking Points”:

5 Talking Points About Culturally Responsive Education:

  • Our [state/district’s] goal is to make sure every student has equal opportunities to succeed in school and has access to accurate, comprehensive, and relevant curriculum.
  • There is a long and painful history of race and education in [our state]. Students are ready for systems and institutions to change. Creating a just and equitable learning environment that embraces the history and experiences of its learners is not only good for students, but also for our communities and our shared future.
  • We cannot pretend to be race-neutral or “colorblind” if we are ever going to address and account for the inequalities that students of color face.
  • Many districts around the country have already incorporated culturally responsive curricula in classrooms. The result is that students of color are affirmed and validated by having their unique histories and experiences elevated among their teachers and peers.
  • Research shows that students who see positive representations of themselves in their curriculum have improved educational outcomes. For students of color as well as white students, CRE decreases dropout rates and suspensions, increases student participation, confidence, academic achievement and graduation rates.

Linked ASO Communications Messaging Guide

The Resources listed in the Future Learning Messaging Guide also link to a related “Honesty In Education” Messaging Guidance. That guidance indicates preparation by ASO Communications, which touts its founder’s “original approach through priming experiments, task-based testing and online dial surveys has led to progressive electoral and policy victories across the globe.” As with the Future Learning Messaging Guide, these appear to be tested messaging points created by professionals.

The ASO Communications guidance includes some familiar themes (emphasis added)

KEY DIRECTIVES

  1. Seize the moral high ground and engage on our terms. With attention on education, let’s talk about the teaching and curricula we support and desire.
  2. Ascribe motivations to the opposition. Instead of unwittingly repeating the opposition in order to dispel their claims (e.g. “we are not teaching grade schoolers about XYZ”), talk about why they’re attacking curricula and teachers.
  3. Bring this back – always – to what we want as opposed to leaving us on defense against their attacks. Don’t volunteer the term “critical race theory,” an academic concept the right has co-opted as an all-purpose dog whistle, but when asked directly about it, define critical race theory on our terms as the honest, up-to-date education students deserve. 

It also provides Sample scenarios to use, including tying opposition to CRT to the “Big Lie” about the 2020 election:

Sample Narrative 3: Connecting to the Big Lie

No matter our color or background, most of us believe in handling challenges with integrity, focusing on solutions, and reckoning with our past so we can create a better future. But certain politicians are trying to teach our kids to confront problems the only way they know how: lying about it. The same grifters who have peddled lies about our election want to force our teachers to peddle lies about our history, hoping to keep us divided and distracted so they can take away our freedom to vote and deny us the resources our schools, families and communities actually need. By joining together, we can make this a country where every child has an honest education that sets them up for success and every one of us has a say about the leaders we elect to make key decisions that affect our lives.

The 5 Tenets of CRT in Education

The Future Learning guide then provides further guidance on CRT, which provides in part:

For an accessible breakdown of CRT, see: bit.ly/CRTbreakdown Google Doc

Critical Race Theory shows how racial inequity is baked into all of our social structures, and our social and political structures reproduce racism in ways that go far beyond interpersonal dynamics. Repairing a society that is divided by racism requires understanding of how the past relates to the present and how the structures that shape our lives affect people differently based on race.

Included in the Future Messaging Guide was a link to a Google Doc titled CRT Breakdown, which serves as a demonstration of how groups supporting CRT in Education see it playing  in practice. The Messaging Guidance provide 5 principles taught in school that they acknowledge are CRT:

The 5 Tenets of CRT in Education (Solórzano, 1998)

1) Racism is entrenched in the fabric of American society and is intersectional (compounded by class, gender, sexuality, etc.)
2) Dominant narratives in education such as objectivity, meritocracy, color blindness, and equal opportunity need to be challenged.
3) The experiential knowledge of people of color is legitimate and crucial to understanding racial inequality (i.e. ‘counterstorytelling’)
4) Race and racism must be analyzed across many different disciplines (eg. psychology, sociology, history, science, literature, the humanities, the arts, etc.) as well as historically and currently.
5) CRT is committed to social justice and eliminating racism.

If you are looking for a list of CRT-related concepts that may not be called CRT, this is a good list to start with.

Reframing The Issue

The Future Learning Message Guide has a section on how to “Reframe The Issue”

Reframing the Issue

“WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH TEACHING THE STORY OF EVERYBODY? IT’S NOT ABOUT BLAMING SOMEONE, IT’S ABOUT UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER.” – HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN OREGON References: FrameWorks Institute’s Talking About Racial Equity in EducationMaking the Case for Equitable and Just Public EducationQuickstart Guide to Changing the Narrative on Public EducationModels of Education ThinkingCommunicating about History: Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Recommendations; We Make the Future Messaging Guide

  1. DO Advance a positive vision of educational opportunity that centers race. (Example Recommendation). Include solutions when talking about problems and disparities.
  2. DO lead with an aspirational appeal to shared values, not a stark negative evaluation of the status quo. Explain “how it happens” before talking about “who it happens to more often”.
  3. DO invoke common values (especially interdependence, shared fate, pragmatism, and ingenuity) that apply to all at the top of a communications, and subsequently explain how these values are derailed by racial bias and inequity.
  4. DO remind people of our common belief that everyone deserves to be in an educational environment in which they can succeed and how failures in the system hurt everyone.
  5. DON’T focus on the triumphant individual or other mechanisms that exceptionalize or engage in a rhetorical debate around victims vs victors.
  6. DON’T use edu-speak and policy jargon.

Attacking The Opposition

A key component of the Future Learning Message Guide is attacking the objecting parents as being part of “right wing” groups.

Who is really behind the attacks on CRT?

  • Foundations and institutes like Koch, Heritage, and Fordham are associated with individuals pushing against CRT from various perspectives
  • Parents Defending Education is sourcing stories that target teachers and districts for a map in order to push against CRT or anti-racism in schools
  • 1776 Report / 1776 Unites & Commission
  • America-first, Back to Basics, “foundational history,” “Love America Again” curriculum (also see Turning Point Academy)

We have seen this play out in Rhode Island, where Parents Defending Education has been falsely and maliciously attacked, as has local mom Nicole Solas, as we documented in these posts:

The Role of NEA In Driving Substantive Curriculum

As demonstrated above, the attacks on parents and groups opposing CRT in K-12 follow closely the messaging scripts and tactics prepared by the massive Future Learning coalition. Sometimes word-for-word. If we want to talk about astroturf, a better argument can be made that those falsely accusing parent protesters of being astroturf are in fact guilty of that charge.

It’s not just one group that produced the Messaging Guide, it’s a highly organized coalition of hundreds of activist and union groups, backed by an extensive network of funders, consultants, influencers, and public relations professionals, all part of the coalition that produced the Messaging Guide. And deep in the mix is NEA, which now is throwing its own massive funds and membership to push CRT into schools nationwide.

NEA has gone far beyond negotiating the terms and conditions of its members’ employment. At some point school districts and local and state governments are going to have to address why NEA now is trying to dictate substantive curriculum, and bullying parents who object.

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | July 5, 2021 at 9:12 pm

The unions need to be broken.

    nordic_prince in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | July 5, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Abolished.

    It’s nearly unbelievable how the teachers are attacking the parents of students whose minds they are trying to destroy.

    But then, we’ve witnessed a coup in our nation, and a Junta now runs it. Nothing is off the table.

      alohahola in reply to TheFineReport.com. | July 6, 2021 at 8:29 pm

      Parents have let these phonies control the classroom for DECADES.

      Now that they’re being REALLY found out, they’ll do anything to NOT let go of a single bit of that control.

    broomhandle in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | July 6, 2021 at 12:35 am

    That is a great idea, but the problem with all this is that at least half of the people in this country support really bad ideas. Winning elections and slowly turning the battleship in the right direction has become an obsolete endeavor given this level of division. I fear the only way to defend ourselves is literally to leave. I think what is coming is a mass migration away from bad states to good states that will not participate in things like CRT. This simply cannot be tolerated.

      henrybowman in reply to broomhandle. | July 6, 2021 at 12:53 am

      “the problem with all this is that at least half of the people in this country support really bad ideas.”

      More accurately, at least half of the people in this country will support anything a glowing screen tells them to support.

      And put your damn mask on.

      Hollymon in reply to broomhandle. | July 6, 2021 at 10:43 am

      Leaving one state for another is not a real solution. What we are experiencing is a kind of civil “cold war.” Nobody’s pulled out the real hardware yet and we don’t want them to. If this view of America is successfully adopted by and then taught in our public schools, it is over, period. The country will be lost, the Great Experiment over.

      Don’t leave; stand up and fight. Go to every school committee meeting and demand answers. Organize. Push back on this madness, everywhere, every time. Make a fuss. This is the hill we must hold if we are to save the nation. We must not lose the schools.

        gibbie in reply to Hollymon. | July 6, 2021 at 7:48 pm

        Having children taught by a government monopoly bureaucracy is a bad, unamerican idea no matter whose ideology is taught.

      Robin in reply to broomhandle. | July 6, 2021 at 11:14 am

      The referencing of ‘really bad ideas’ makes it important to point out that much of the above is drawn from the also well-connected Frameworks Institute. Their Strategic Frame Analysis actually is grounded in what the Marxists would have called accurately ‘dialectics’. The purpose is to come up and then prescribe via education learning standards and accompanying curricula experiences the categories of thought students are to use until they become Habits of Mind. http://invisibleserfscollar.com/gaining-access-to-and-then-guiding-each-students-subjective-perception-of-reality-to-change-the-here-and-now/ explains how frames work.

      It is important to recognize just how crucial creating a ‘shared consciousness’ that guides perception and relies on common images and the cultivation of emotions rather than logical thought grounded in facts is for anyone hoping for fundamental social transformation. This goal absolutely permeates K-12 now and what is intended in the name of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

      ConradCA in reply to broomhandle. | July 6, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      The problem is that this evil has infected teachers. unless the good states refuse to recognize degrees from schools that embrace this evil teachers will teach it to students anyway. Maybe the good states could make teaching CRT a crime and parents could prime their children to reject CRT and report it to their parents.

        ConradCA in reply to ConradCA. | July 6, 2021 at 12:45 pm

        Teach your children to judge people by tithe content of their character not the color of their skin. That before blaming others for their failures people should look at their own actions first.

    Massinsanity in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | July 6, 2021 at 9:06 am

    They aren’t really unions anymore. They are far left Democrat indoctrination centers + PACs supporting Democrat political candidates. They could care less about true education and are focused on creating new generations of SJWs who will vote in lockstep with radical Dems in the rapid move toward a socialist America. The have no desire to create a generation or engineers or scientists or mathematicians well positioned to lead America in a globals science and tech based on economy. The goal is create a generation of activists and agitators in support of a corrupt central, federal authority that will run every aspect of your life to conform to their agenda.

nordic_prince | July 5, 2021 at 9:26 pm

CRT must be pretty important to them the way they’re devoting so much time & resources to defend it and obfuscate what it’s really about.

Throw a stone into a pack of dogs and you can always tell which one got hit by all the yelping.

    CRT is important because it creates the desired perception, as explained above, that make broader social, economic, and political change essentially mandatory. This Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide from the Annie E, Casey Foundation makes the broader aims perfectly clear. https://assets.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/AECF_EmbracingEquity7Steps-2014.pdf

    As it notes, “all of our work must strive to achieve racial equity, a state in which all children have the same opportunity to reach the potential we know they have.” That requires that broader change noted above and rather ubiquitously in much of the work the philanthropies listed above like Ford or Kellogg are involved in.

      alaskabob in reply to Robin. | July 6, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      “Racial equity” to have same “opportunity”…. that is trying to change the definition of opportunity which has always been associated with equality not their outcome. based equity.

      Half yes, half no. Critical Race Theory (n.e. Marxism with a coat of racist paint) teaches that certain racial groups are oppressors and certain other racial groups are oppressed, and no matter how much the oppressors bow and scrape with ‘mea culpa, mea maxima culpa’ to the oppressed, they can never get the stain of their racist ancestors off their skin.

      The NEA is all about power. They want the power to teach students that the NEA is a good, loving organization that only cares about them, and that all the teachers in the NEA deserve more money. What the higher-ups in the NEA don’t realize is that CRT is a poison pill to their goals, because well over half of the teachers in the NEA are ‘oppressors’ while the other subset are ‘oppressed’ which in the end pits their membership against each other and most of their students against the NEA. Meanwhile, the CRT ‘Wokeists’ outside of the NEA get to dictate just how the NEA operates, who they hire, where their money goes, etc… The NEA frog has embraced the scorpion, and we all know how that turns out.

      The NEA thinks they can use CRT to gain more power. They don’t realize just how poorly that decision will treat them in the end.

    ConradCA in reply to nordic_prince. | July 6, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Before destroying our country the progressive fascists must create political support based on the lie that our society is evil. The USA doesn’t have an oppressed majority like Russia in 1917 and China in the 1940s so the progressive fascists want to use their control of the educational system to create one.

Gosh! I got everything in life from the “Whites Only” store

Speaking truth to facts in diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment) under Critical Racists’ Theory breeds adversity, past, present, and progressive. Lose your Pro-Choice Religion. Stop denying the dignity and agency of women and men, girls and boys. Baby Lives Matter

Nothing to see here.
It’s only the Socialist-Progressives attempting to overthrow the United States of America.
Move along now.

    glissmeister in reply to paracelsus. | July 6, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Yes. The SI (Socialist International) and it’s 5th Column in the United States, the DSA (Democratic Socialists of America). The international unions are the intersectionality of the shock troops. The internationalists are at war with America and are actively engaged in wide scale deconstruction of our institutions and history.

    Consider the 19 listed Funders. They appear as corporations but employees do the conspiring. The executives and fiduciaries allow and direct what they are doing. What is the political intersectionality responsible for the group think and what may yet be reasonably and properly seen as a conspiracy of seditious aggressors seeking to subvert the American nation and its people?

    But do note the most fatal flaw of CRT.

    One doesn’t cure racism by inculcating others with Racialism or by engendering or pandering to obsessions about skin tone being the defining difference between human individuals.

    The real dog whistle is the word “racism.”

    We need more discussion about segregation. We need more discussion about the economics of self-imposed segregation and cult formation and cult inculcation.

    The problem is Racialism is a thought disorder. To inculcate children with a thought disorder is cruel and self-evident child abuse; a war on children and the liberty of their individuality.

    More odd than the aggressive pursuit of inculcation is the incessant segregation based on skin tone and the cult like “we” and “us” segregationist identity movement based upon skin tone, dress, gesture and style of speech.

    The world is full of dark skinned humans. All humans have varying degrees of melatonin. This is normal variation in Homo Sapiens sapiens, who all come in various shades of pink, tan and brown, from very light to very dark.

    The economics and politics of segregating people and determining the comparative worth and being of an individual by their skin tone should be abhorrent to any reasonable person.

    This modern version of inculcated Racialism is a dangerous today as it was during The Third Reich, when the socialists of the day in that movement championed Racialism as both Science and a basis for achieving higher social justice, purity and equity for the people.

    It doesn’t take a village. It takes a cult. It takes a well funded and well organized cohort of True Believers and a slippery and somewhat insane criminal deviant class behind the curtain engineering and marshaling the deconstruction assault on the targeted society.

    This time it’s us.

    The predators are the usual suspects. That same old crowd is back again. Like slavery, tyranny and feudalism, Socialism is just one among the many forms of Authoritarianism that has plagued the history of the human person.

    The worse the personality disorder, the more desperate the need to mask it. The more aggressive the authoritarian impulse; the more cruel and destructive the behavior. History teaches again and again the tragedies and the horrors committed willingly on a grand scale by authoritarians nursing a severe personality disorder. In their distemper there is no crime they will not justify, no suffering they will not willingly perpetrate upon another.

    We should be frightened. Look at the magnitude of human organization and institutional usurpation, the diversion and conversion of funding that has been organized to this mass conspiracy to inculcate our children and our society with Racialism by an internationalized 5th Column funding and orchestrating a veritable army of useful idiots.

    History repeats itself. If you are not afraid you should be. The momentum has been orchestrated and infiltrated for decades and some of us think it’s beginning to crest.

Big mistake on the Union’s part. CRT could only be successful if it remained in the shadows. Up until recently few had even heard of it, and its advocates were free to infect the public schools with their rhetoric.

But now? More and more people are becoming aware, and this forces the CRT zealots to either 1) defend their propaganda openly or 2) deny it exists and continue to push it behind the scenes.

They’d chosen #2, but by doing this they’re forced to defend it… and it’s utterly indefensible. The more everyday parents discover, the more outraged they become by it.

    Agree.
    They can try to tweak the language, but we can still recognize it.
    We must all continue to stand against this divisive propaganda.

    gibbie in reply to Evil Otto. | July 6, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Unfortunately, the unions may be able to rely on parents’ addiction to free child warehousing.

As many parents as possible need to leave the public school system. Then and only then will things change. If private schools are too full or too expensive, homeschooling is exploding and there is a lot of support.

    If I had school age children, I would absolutely homeschool or send to a private school.
    But be vigilant. Many private schools are all CRT too.
    We also must not be complacent about what happens in public schools. Those students will end up as adults in our society too. We have to be involved at the school board and local levels to stop indoctrination.

      gibbie in reply to lc. | July 6, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      We also have to be careful to prevent leftists from using vouchers to impose their agenda on private schools. Eternal vigilance required.

They are a plague of Locusts, destroy anything and everything in their path……or, are we in a Stephen King story, and the Langoliers are coming….chomp chomp chomp!

According to psychologists there are five major components to every person’s emotional makeup/personality. The number one predictor of success is IQ and the number two predictor of success is conscientiousness. I find it curious that those characteristics that rate highly in those high in the conscientiousness trait (e.g., punctuality, respect for rules and others, strong work ethic) are characteristics that are labeled by CRT as being racist. Similar issues concerning IQ/intelligence (e.g., speaking and writing grammatically correctly, studying, seeking the right answer) are likewise branded as racist. It is as though they are training our children to be, at best, mediocre and, more likely, failures.

    DSHornet in reply to Cleetus. | July 6, 2021 at 11:14 am

    As in “Brave New World.” Aldous Huxley was a prophet.
    .

    nordic_prince in reply to Cleetus. | July 6, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    They’re not interested in education – they’re interested in indoctrination and brainwashing. No better way to control people.

bullhubbard | July 6, 2021 at 10:10 am

Everyone seems to have forgotten that the teachers in the public schools are public servants, in effect employees of the state who are supposed to be working on behalf of the citizens: schoolchildren and their parents.

In creating a monopoly on education the public schools and the teachers’ unions have become a monolith unresponsive to the needs and desires of the communities they allegedly “serve.”

Fuck these people. any parent with the resources and the inclination has a moral duty now to remove their children from places where this political indoctrination is taking place.

Shame on us, especially those who dismissed (and in some cases continue to dismiss) it as typical academic woolgathering when this evil neo-racist agenda was being hatched in colleges across the US.

The hog is in the tunnel. It’s going to get even uglier, I’m afraid.

    Hollymon in reply to bullhubbard. | July 6, 2021 at 10:58 am

    And when you do evacuate the field of battle leaving those who simply cannot make your choice behind in your rotor wash, don’t forget to shout “Screw you, Jack. I got mine.”

    All American children need to be taught the truth about our national history, warts and all Don’t abandon them. Fight for them.

      gibbie in reply to Hollymon. | July 6, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      This is a vile slander. Shame on you.

        CommoChief in reply to gibbie. | July 6, 2021 at 9:09 pm

        So leave some kids behind?

        How about stripping the taxpayer dollars from public schools in favor of simply allowing the funding to follow the student to the school which works best for that child? Private, parochial, homeschool, pod, online, blend… hell even another public school if that gets it done for that child.

          gibbie in reply to CommoChief. | July 7, 2021 at 12:53 am

          CC, If you’ve read any of my comments you know I’m in favor of all of those things. I’m also in favor of churches helping parents get their kids out.

          CommoChief in reply to CommoChief. | July 7, 2021 at 5:58 pm

          gibbie,

          I’m glad that you do. A tenacious voice for advancing true school choice: with funding attached to the student, is always welcome.

          The question though is if you favor leaving some kids behind in horrible public schools?

          Every parent or guardian of a child needs to evaluate the situation and do what’s in the best interest of their child within the financial constraints they face.

          That said, pulling your child out of a bad public school does in fact leave others behind. Unless and until the funding follows the student to allow everyone the same basic choices that fact won’t change.

    Rick in reply to bullhubbard. | July 6, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    “public servants”?

If only they worked this hard on teaching math and reading. . .

Both of my parents were Elementary school teachers and I have a degree in social work, but am employed in a different field being that social work as a profession has lost its mind. So as you can imagine I’m not especially conservative and neither are my parents. All three of us started hearing about CRT, which they didn’t remember at all from their college days and I remember (I graduated in 2010) as a very small amount of people who were annoying to listen to if you engaged them on their theories, but they had no power and were just seen as Marxists by another name.
I too though the Fox News stories about CRT taking over anywhere were much like the

Sorry hit send too early. I thought this was a right wing talking point and nonsense.
After reading the curriculum my parents and I are deeply afraid that teaching this sort of race based scapegoating could wipe out all of the gains made starting with Dr. King’s dream. Other teachers I know and others in social science jobs know this is a terrible idea but we seem to have a second pandemic, that of cowardice, in white collar professions. The one trick the CRT zealots gave is that saying no to terrible ideas means you’re A racist, alt right, Etc. Stop letting this tactic work! If you get called a racist oh well. Everyone needs to do this and this illiberal insanity will quickly fold. Be brave!

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