“inappropriate for elementary school kids under any circumstances”
A father of kids in a public school in Newton, MA named Jonathan Levin objects to a social justice program being offered to his child.
He writes at Substack:
A Response to The “7-Day Anti-Racism Challenge” being offered to Newton Public Schools elementary school kids
I went on Nextdoor and posted my objection to the Principal of my kids’ elementary school in Newton, MA, endorsing the “7-Day Anti-Racism Challenge” posted by Brandeis’s Heller school. I called it “100% ideological, ahistorical and immoral” and said “[t]his has no place in our schools.” I later referred to “lies” and another poster asked for examples before saying I was “unable” to provide examples. I created this substack because my response is too long for Nextdoor.
Here it is:
First of all, this “7-Day Anti-Racism Challenge” is inappropriate for elementary school kids under any circumstances; it appears to have been developed by Brandeis for or with some consultants who do corporate work. 6-11 year-old kids don’t have the facts (as discussed below) to contest assertions or the experience to evaluate the logic or implications of what they are being told and reach their own conclusions. This is one reason I consider this transparent indoctrination – the organizers don’t want kids reaching their own conclusions, but instead want them to just accept what they are told uncritically.
The introduction page to the challenge includes the following:
• Race is a social construct with real world consequences.
• The concept of race was invented by Europeans in the 14th-16th centuries.
The European intellectualization of race as embedding meaningful content about individuals of a race is historically relevant. Europeans relied on intellectualized racism to rationalize terrible violence against and oppression of non-Europeans, including slavery, even while developing the philosophy that culminated, for Americans, in the idea that all men are created equal. 19th C. German philosophy and its intellectualized racism led directly to the Holocaust.
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