My post “Chosen? … Or Targeted?” dealt with concerns related to the school system (like programs/classes in which students would “experience activism” or “learn about religion”). Here are some more examples from different schools.
8-year-olds were asked to rank themselves on “power and privilege.” (Since this happened in a math class, maybe this “ranking” is new math?) The dear children were introduced to the assignment by being told of the supposed power-hungry bad guys who caused this country’s problems. Those villains were labeled as white and Christian, among other things. It struck me as especially significant that a non-white parent (the school was heavily non-white) pushed back, enlisted other parents, and demanded that programs like this not be used in their school!
Students were to write reports on the black hero of their choice for Black History month. One kid chose a political conservative, which caused him to be called to the principal’s office and scolded.
In one school with a heavy mix of ethnicities, families say there has never been a problem as far as prejudice/racism. The kids get along, name kids of other colors as their best friends. And yet word went out that each student was going to be asked to write a report (or give a speech) on a number of “issues” like diversity, privilege, tolerance, racism, equality…
Of course, those are hot-button words. Gotta wonder whether kids will really be free to express their views or are expected to have a predetermined opinion. It almost felt like this whole idea would create problems where none exist.
Indeed, since this extra emphasis, some recent tension has been noted in this school. Like kids’ T-shirts with certain slogans seemed to invite harassment, while others didn’t. And one student reportedly got in trouble because his face mask (during COVID restrictions) was an American flag design. (What’s up with that?)
Teens were told to write to city council leaders and congressmen in support of certain issues. No, not to choose issues they each might feel strongly about, but the specific, designated issues and the “correct” view—that is, the view the teacher TOLD them to have. Though there was no legislation on deck at this time, this action would likely give leaders the idea that large numbers of their constituents (young teens are constituents?) would vote for them if…
Fortunately, some savvy parents got wind of this and raised a ruckus about the school’s trying to “turn students into lobbyists.” The school apologized and said that it’s not school board policy to distribute political paraphernalia to students.
Some schools (after the increased racial tension of 2019–20) seem to be appointing so-called diversity coordinators or equity and diversity “task forces” to deal with behavior that stirs up racism. Sounds good. But given the ways things are going, I can’t help suspecting a Trojan horse. And indeed, a school district in Texas made headlines by objecting to material they see as indoctrinating, victimizing, villainizing … Same for a school district in West Virginia. Stay tuned.
As suggested in my post referred to at the very top, please find out the true agenda beneath your school’s programs/assignments. It’s not just OK for parents to hold schools accountable; it’s imperative. But please be kind to your local teachers. Remember, something that a teacher has implemented might have been ordered from somewhere up the ladder.