Chinese American Group Calls On Parents and Students To Opt Out Of “Totalitarian Social Emotional Surveys” In NY Schools
“We know school districts need to extract certain kinds of answers from our kids, to justify their Critical Race Theory (CRT) and associated identity pedagogies. For all these reasons, don’t consent to the surveys!”
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY) released a statement on October 19 advising parents of students in New York City schools to “immediately opt out of new invasive and totalitarian Social Emotional Surveys designed as re-education for children.” CACAGNY notes that parents from totalitarian states should recognize these surveys as “the language of re-education and thought control.”
🚨 CACAGNY advises NYC parents to immediately opt out of new invasive and totalitarian Social Emotional Surveys designed as re-education for children. See our statement below: pic.twitter.com/KF5cT8SOam
— Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater NY (@CACAGNY) October 21, 2021
CACAGNY warns in the letter:
Under “social emotional learning” (SEL) programs that include “screenings,” school staff performs what amounts to psychiatric evaluation and therapy. SEL hands over to school staff powerful mental health techniques that, even for adult patients, are rife with risks of misuse, manipulation, and abuse–and they want to put vulnerable kids at such risks! Worse, school staff are not licenses mental health professionals, so if they abuse our kids, there is no professional oversight to prevent, monitor, or discipline them! Quite the opposite: some some states are preemptively proposing to give SEL school staff qualified immunity from malpractice claims – something NYC denies to even the police. Finally, we know school districts need to extract certain kinds of answers from our kids, to justify their Critical Race Theory (CRT) and associated identity pedagogies. For all these reasons, don’t consent to the surveys!
CACAGNY advises parents to utilize the opt-out process, included in small print at the bottom of the survey.
This may sound over the top to some, but for those who have paid attention to the radicalization of public schools as early as kindergarten, this sounds very familiar. Indeed, CACAGY says, the first survey tells the kids “schools are now officially in charge of their social and emotional assessment,” and if they don’t please the schools, “the schools can bludgeon them with the giant club of ‘mental illness,’ then ‘help’ them until they ‘recover.'” [emphasis added]
It’s very important to understand the language used. Proponents of CRT use innocent sounding terms to make it seem as if a need for equity exists. Social Emotional Learning has become a popular tool in radical new school lessons that introduces concepts of CRT into everyday curriculum. Often paired with climate surveys designed to produce disparate results among different racial cohorts, these methods too often presuppose a conclusion that demonstrates the need for such things as culturally responsive learning to close so-called equity gaps. Equity gaps seem easy to prove, but ultimately are a logical fallacy–the old correlation not being causation problem.
CACAGNY has sounded the alarm several times over CRT in New York schools:
CACAGNY Denounces Critical Race Theory as Hateful Fraud
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud.
CRT appears in our workplaces under the cover of implicit bias/sensitivity training. It infiltrates our schools pretending to be culturally/ethnically responsive pedagogy, with curricula such as the New York Times’ 1619 Project and Seattle’s ethnomathematics. Hate groups, with allies in politics, the press and education, pass CRT off as anti-racism and diversity, equity and inclusion, but CRT is exactly the opposite. From its very roots, CRT is racist, repressive, discriminatory, and divisive.
What is CRT?
Heavily influenced by such hate promoters as Marx, Lenin, Gramsci, Schmitt, Marcuse, Foucault and Freire, but with race struggle replacing class struggle, CRT’s main ideological dogmas are:
You are not a person. You are only your race, and by your race alone you will be judged.
Justice is about equal rights, but Social Justice, or equity, is about equal outcomes. Only Social Justice matters; Justice does not. To achieve equal outcomes, forget equal rights.
All unequal outcomes by race — inequity for short — are the result of racial oppression.
All Blacks are oppressed and all Whites are oppressors. This is systemic:never ask whether oppression occurred, only how it occurred. Everyone and everything White is complicit.
If you are White and won’t admit you are racist, you are racist by implicit bias. To reduce implicit bias, you must self-criticize, confess to privilege, apologize to the oppressed race.
Whiteness is belief in, among others: achievement, delayed gratification, progress, schedules and deadlines, meritocracy, race-blindness, the written word, facts and objectivity (they deny lived experience), logic and reason (they deny empathy), mathematics and science (until they are de-colonized and humanized).
CRT suppresses dissent with cancel culture: publications withdrawn, college admissions rescinded, online presence wiped out, business relationships ended, jobs terminated.
Earlier in October, CACAGNY held a rally in protest of Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s decision to end Gifted and Talented programs in NYC schools over equity concerns:
CACAGNY's October 12th, 2021 Keep Gifted and Talented Protest & Rally in front of Tweed Hall pic.twitter.com/1MOzcAMiDM
— Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater NY (@CACAGNY) October 13, 2021
CACAGNY's statement denouncing mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to eliminate NYC's Gifted and Talented program to dumb down children for 'equity.' pic.twitter.com/5yfqb7NUbF
— Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater NY (@CACAGNY) October 10, 2021
Instead of returning to tried and true methods of teaching that used to produce positive results, equity-minded school teachers and administrators have created an environment in which a student’s failure and the dismal proficiency scores in core subjects must necessarily derive from systemic racism. SEL, climate surveys, and other such contrivances assume the problem, provide correlative statistics, and present the grand solution in one neat, tidy package.
On top of that, as CACAGNY points out, more and more schools are handing the keys to students’ mental health over to equity-minded bureaucrats.
Jeff Reynolds is the author of the book, “Behind the Curtain: Inside the Network of Progressive Billionaires and Their Campaign to Undermine Democracy,” available at www.WhoOwnsTheDems.com. Jeff hosts a podcast at anchor.fm/BehindTheCurtain. You can follow him on Twitter @ChargerJeff, on Parler at @RealJeffReynolds, and on Gab at @RealJeffReynolds.DONATE
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