Video Excerpts from “Inside the Woke Indoctrination Machine”
My WSJ op-ed with Andrew Gutmann “Inside the Woke Indoctrination Machine” has generated enormous attention. Watch excerpts from the training sessions cited in the article, with a lot more to come as part of the project I have launched at Legal Insurrection.
On February 12, 2022, the Wall Street Journal published Inside the Woke Indoctrination Machine, an op-ed I wrote with Andrew Gutmann exposing the DEI playbook for indoctrination of children, revealed in virtual teacher training sessions at the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference (PoCC).
Here is an excerpt from the Op-Ed:
Last spring we exposed how two elite independent schools in New York had become corrupted by a divisive obsession with race, helping start the national movement against critical race theory. Schools apply this theory under the guise of diversity, equity and inclusion programming. Until now, however, neither of us fully grasped the dangers of this ideology or the true motives of its practitioners. The goal of DEI isn’t only to teach students about slavery or encourage courageous conversations about race, it is to transform schools totally and reshape society radically.
Over the past month we have watched nearly 100 hours of leaked videos from 108 workshops held virtually last year for the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference. The NAIS sets standards for more than 1,600 independent schools in the U.S., driving their missions and influencing many school policies. The conference is NAIS’s flagship annual event for disseminating DEI practices, and more than 6,000 DEI practitioners, educators and administrators attended this year. Intended as professional development and not meant for the public, these workshops are honest, transparent and unfiltered—very different from how private schools typically communicate DEI initiatives. These leaked videos act as a Rosetta Stone for deciphering the DEI playbook.
The path to remake schools begins with the word “diversity,” which means much more than simply increasing the number of students and faculty of color—referred to in these workshops as “Bipoc,” which stands for “black, indigenous and people of color.” DEI experts urge schools to classify people by identities such as race, convince them that they are being harmed by their environment, and turn them into fervent advocates for institutional change. (read more)
The article has generated enormous attention, shared widely on social media and approaching 2000 comments on the WSJ site, as of this writing. Here are a few responses from readers.
The response to our piece has been overwhelming. Many parents and even fellow teachers have also emailed to express gratitude for bringing this to light. Others shared their own stories that reflect the downstream effects of these types of training sessions, as they are implemented by administrators and teachers in their private schools.
Some on Twitter, however, have questioned the accuracy of our reporting.
— James Stevenson (@JamesSharpsteen) February 13, 2022
In response, I wanted to share receipts in the form of video excerpts from the sessions we referenced, so that readers can make up their own minds about our citations. Since our op-ed was limited by space, I also want to expand on the ideas animating the content of these sessions, and the damaging effects of these ideas when applied to students in the classroom. We will also be publishing more clips in the upcoming weeks. There’s more. Much more.
“Let’s Talk About It! Anti-Oppressive Unit and Lesson Plan Design”
In this clip, we learn that, among many other things, “omitting queer history from the curriculum,” “teaching gender without examining the effects of toxic masculinity”, and “failing to explore the intersection of STEM and social justice,” are examples of “curriculum violence”. In addition to equating speech acts with “literal violence”, the presenter also stresses the importance of “impact over intent”–an essential moral value broadly applied in independent NAIS schools. While the maxims “impact over intent” and “speech can be violence” are directed at teachers here, they become more damaging when applied in combination as expectations for students in the classroom, and particularly harmful to viewpoint diversity. Students inculcated in these precepts 1) learn to anticipate that the value of their utterances are entirely subject to the judgment of a roomful of recipients, any one of whom could object, and furthermore that no generosity will be extended to them with regards to motive. Also, that 2) the full extent of potential harm claimed by either the listener or a bystander could rise to the level of physical violence. Given that the potential consequences for speaking their thoughts freely have now been ratcheted up to astronomical levels, students are understandably loath to deviate from accepted views in class discussion. I witnessed this stifling of discussion in my own classes, as students trained by my colleagues struggled to honor these established norms.
Small Activists, Big Impact—Cultivating Anti-Racists and Activists in Kindergarten
The clip is a prime example of how sophisticated social justice indoctrinators “build upon the mindset of a kindergartener” by exploiting the child’s innate sense of fairness and reciprocation, “in order to do fabulous things in the social justice realm”. The presenter lays out how her lessons are informed by the “Six Elements of Social Justice” framework of Dr. Bree Picower, a Professor at Montclair State University in the College of Education and Human Development, and a highly influential scholar in the field. Picower’s book “Practice What You Teach: Social Justice Education in the Classroom and the Streets” encourages teacher activism in their classrooms. This speaker recommends establishing a strong sense of “self-love and knowledge”, then “we’re going to move, we’re gonna slowly move” leveraging the budding empathy of the children to awareness of social issues with a specific political bent, “to get the results that we want for them”.
Post-PoCC Return to PWI* Normal
This clip is one instance of an overall preoccupation throughout the conference with “whiteness” and “white supremacy”. References to Tema Okun and Kenneth Jones’ auto-ethnographic scholarship (loosely defined) on “White Supremacy Culture” are common across the sessions. As Alcid’s fellow presenter gushes here, “those two slides amongst themselves can just be a workshop by themselves.” Matthew Yglesias wrote a deep dive into the “White Supremacy Culture” framework, which is sadly familiar to many students (and parents) at NAIS schools. Watching it pushed on children in a whites-only segregated meeting was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me at my school, which led to my ouster. It even appeared in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in our nation’s capitol, and was withdrawn only after public outcry. In addition many of the most scholarly presentations at PoCC were also preoccupied with the overarching project of “deconstructing, dismantling, and disrupting” everything from capitalism to “colonialism” (often vaguely and broadly defined as a “mindset” as well as an ongoing reality), and “Western thought”.
*Note: ‘PWI’ = predominantly white institution
More to come
I hope these excerpts from the conferences give a sense of what we witnessed, and I encourage you to read our op-ed for yourself over at WSJ Opinion. There is so much more to reference and discuss, to shed light on what is happening to our “independent” schools, and their relationship to the NAIS.
Tips arrived from many sources after this project launched early this week at Legal Insurrection. So please stay with me in the coming days and weeks as I continue to investigate and share what I find with readers. Contact me at [email protected]
Paul Rossi is a high school mathematics teacher, tutor, and writer. In April 2021, he went public about the impact of Critical Race Theory and pedagogy on his students at Grace Church School, where he had taught since 2012. He is currently an advisor to the Educational Liberty Alliance and a co-host of Chalkboard Heresy (launching soon) Please send tips and stories to [email protected] or DM on Twitter at @pauldrossi.
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Just like the struggle sessions and public shaming that dictators have run for decades, crap like this is not designed to CONVINCE anybody of any actual facts.
It’s designed for one thing – to impress upon people that they better keep their mouths shut or they’ll be removed.
This article is an important expose of the Marxist propaganda that is metastasizing in public and private schools
Welcome to the Baseless Brotherhood, Prof.
It’s a big club, and now you’re in it. Next round’s on you.
“deconstructing, dismantling, and disrupting”
Goes both ways.
“Also, that 2) the full extent of potential harm claimed by either the listener or a bystander could rise to the level of physical violence.”
Well, we certainly have seen this one overused in spades.
“So-and-so giving a speech on our campus directly threatens my well-being as it is a call to violence against people like me.”
Administrators no longer have the testosterone nor the incentive to issue the proper response, which is: “Blow it our your ass, Henny Penny.”
You hit the nail on the head with that one Henry. You’ve got a heavy hammer.
Western Civilization is under attack. This is one of the battlegrounds. It permeates the schools, Universities , the media and now large corporations.
Even the military has bought into the DEI crap. Which is just code for: white people and their culture are bad.
This “stuff” they are implementing not only is dangerous it’s out and out CRAZY.
I HONESTLY cannot understand how anyone – in their right mind – could even listen to a minute of it without their head exploding. There has got to be a literal plague of idiocy or downright insanity in these people who are going along with this vile, wicked, diabolical CRAP.
The real question is: What is wrong with these people??!!!
“Expanding our understanding”…….
In other words, redefining to our liking!
“American courage that conquers all evil”. Well, that phrase is now foolishly labeled ‘white supremacy’ or racism by college-educated underachievers, and the media pushes that narrative to make money and divide Americans.
A segment from a recent Dave Chappelle show tells it like it is, no offense to Earth’s snowflakes:
“To what degree do I have to participate in another person’s self-image?”
I am seriously confused by the formalized characterization of White Supremacy Culture. The 14 points are not neccessarilly or empirically characteristics of any racial, ethnic, religious,, etc., group. What is described are essentially well known and documented deficiencies in many efforts at collective decision-making and action. The pernicious aspect of this indoctrination is the unsupported claim that these behaviors characterize a particular racial group as opposed to almost all groups, namely, White Supremacy. For example, you can find examples of each of these behaviors in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. It is like claiming the lying, cheating and stealing only occur under Capitalism and such behavior does not exist under socialism.
As Carl Sagan, wisely noted, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. I am open to being proven wrong, but I doubt that there are any organizations, regardless of ethnicity or background, that are not subject to each and every deficiency described by Okun and Jones. Imagining that it could be different is not difficult, actually generating behaviors that reflect these ideals is very difficult regardless of intentions.
I can think of one fictional and readily accessible example that illustrates the kind of decision-making and problem-solving behavior I believe Okun and Jones are suggesting: Henry Fonda’s behavior in “12 Angry Men”. The behavior that Fonda generates, IMO, is far rarer than 1 in 12. Based on my years a management consultant and observer of group behavior, I doubt 1 in 100 people are capable of generating this behavior on a consistent basis and out of our current nearly 1000 National Political figures I see perhaps 1 or 2.
She was able to turn her theory into a PhD thesis, available here: http://nonprofitinclusiveness.org/files/Okun_Emperor_Has_No_Clothes.pdf
Truly the Emperor has No Clothes.
This article is an important expose of the Marxist propaganda that is metastasizing in public and private schools
It’s shining a light on a New Colonization, which intends to seize control of and exploit western civilization – through shaming and intense bullying – to attain control of everyone’s thought processes through Maoist indoctrination and struggle sessions which their cadres will control.
As they already do in many aspects of liberal Western democracies. They’re simply parasites, and need extensive calling out and public rebuttals, which our suborned ‘public media’ are a long way away from doing.
The three brief videos effectively illustrate the comfort — joy — the diversity, inclusion, equity ideology provides its faithful adherents. There’s no dislodging or defeating it by reason or evidence. It will have to be overpowered, psychologically by mocking and economically by cutting its funding.
I cannot see a way to save public schools, in that would require purging all woke administrators and teachers. Also, getting rid of the union would be to remove students.