VIRGINIA: Youngkin Signs Executive Orders Banning Critical Race Theory And Mask Mandates On First Day As Governor

It’s why he was elected. He made good on it.

Executive orders banning critical race theory and mask mandates on first day as governor

By Ryan King | Washington Examiner | January 15, 2022:

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin started his term with a slew of executive orders Saturday to address key campaign issues.

After being sworn in as the 74th governor of Virginia, Youngkin signed 11 executive orders, a handful of which were aimed at allowing parents to exert control over their children’s education by ordering schools to stop teaching critical race theory and implementing mask mandates in public schools.

“Parents should have a say in what is taught in school because, in Virginia, parents have a fundamental right to make decisions with regards to their child’s upbringing, education, and care,” Youngkin said in his inauguration speech Saturday. “To parents, I say we respect you. And we will empower you in the education of your children.”

Youngkin, who made education a focal point of his campaign, also issued an executive order directing officials to “investigate wrongdoing in Loudoun County.” This alluded to the scandal in which the school board was accused of covering up or failing to address multiple sexual assault allegations, one of which resulted in the conviction of a male student who identified as gender fluid.

The governor also signed two executive directives, which differ from executive orders in how the legal language is styled, aiming “to jumpstart our economy by cutting job-killing regulations by 25 percent” and “to restore individual freedoms and personal privacy by rescinding the vaccine mandate for all state employees.”

Youngkin’s predecessor, former Gov. Ralph Northam, imposed several restrictions aimed at curbing the transmission of COVID-19. Last year, for example, he signed executive orders mandating state workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and requiring students to wear masks in schools, WRIC reported.

Youngkin was inaugurated as Virginia’s first Republican governor since 2010. He was joined by fellow Republicans Winsome Sears, who became the first female black lieutenant governor, and Jason Miyares, who was elected the first Hispanic attorney general in the state’s history.

Youngkin won the election after a contentious race with Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who previously served as governor of Virginia. The election was a significant victory for Republicans in a state that had been previously dominated by Democrats.

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Penn State Professor Forces Students to Explain Why the Taliban Aren’t Terrorists

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There are so many ridiculous things being taught in American colleges and universities these days that a professor who defends the Taliban may seem staid and conservative compared to some of his colleagues, but that’s just a sign of how far American academia has fallen. Christopher Cook, a professor in the Department of International Politics at Pennsylvania State University – World Campus, is teaching a class called “Politics of Terrorism,” in which he has given the students an essay assignment: “Explain why the Taliban are not terrorists.” Imagine a professor in 1944 making his students write about how the Nazis really aren’t so bad, and you’ll understand how ridiculous and outrageous Cook’s assignment really is.

Cook’s assignment was not an example of the common pedagogical exercise in which students adopt a point of view that is not their own in order to sharpen their ability to understand and present arguments. He explained his assignment in this way: “In one page* explain why the Taliban is have [sic] not and are still not a terrorist organization. You are not allowed to answer this question in any other way. Any attempt to avoid this prompt as written; or trying to argue otherwise will result in a failing grade. If you have any questions on the pedagogy behind this assignment– please contact me.”

The warnings that students could not argue the opposite view, or avoid the question altogether made clear where Cook was coming from, and he made it even clear in several tweets (after his class assignment became widely known, he deleted his Twitter account). Cook wrote: “Do you think any of my students will see this before Sunday’s deadline? The one where I ask them to tell me why the Taliban are *not* terrorists.” And: “I am going to guess there is a Venn Diagram between the people who struggled understanding why the Taliban were not terrorists for the lat [sic] 20 years and those who think there can be justified violence against the American government.” Does Cook support Antifa? It would be surprising if he didn’t.

Penn State student Kylie Stone told “Fox & Friends”: “I was completely shocked. I had made it through my first four years of college without having anything this insane and, of course, my last semester my teacher basically says ‘you have to agree with me or I’m going to fail you.’ So it was very surprising to me….I have had assignments where they asked me to argue both sides. I love doing that kind of stuff. I think it’s so beneficial to every student to be doing that but that’s not what this assignment was.” That’s obvious. Cook, like the overwhelming majority of professors all over the country today, doesn’t want to teach his students critical thinking skills; he wants to indoctrinate them into Leftist attitudes and dogmas.

There is more. Read the rest here.

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VICTORY: City of Asheville Agrees to End Discriminatory ‘Black Only’ Scholarships and Grants

The City of Asheville, North Carolina, settled our federal civil rights lawsuit after agreeing to remove all racially discriminatory provisions in a city-funded scholarship program. The city also agreed to remove racially discriminatory eligibility provisions in a related program that provides grants to educators. The City Council approved the settlement on January 11.

In October 2021, we filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of a North Carolina citizens group, WNC Citizens for Equality, Inc., whose members include high school students who were ineligible for a scholarship program only because they are not Black (WNC Citizens for Equality, Inc., v. City of Asheville et al. (No. 1:21-cv-00310)). (The Legal Insurrection Foundation partnered with us in the lawsuit.)

Here’s the background. On May 5, 2021, the City of Asheville entered into an agreement with the Asheville City Schools Foundation to establish and administer the City of Asheville Scholarship Fund. According to the agreement, the City of Asheville Scholarship is “awarded in perpetuity to Black high school students within Asheville City Schools, with special consideration given for Black students pursuing a career in education.” (In July 2020, Ashville’s City Council unanimously approved what is called a “reparations initiative,” that provided “funding to programs geared toward increasing homeownership and business and career opportunities for Black residents.”)

To settle our civil rights lawsuit, on January 11, 2022, Asheville’s City Council approved a resolution that removes the racial criteria for the scholarship:

[T]he scholarship will give preference to applicants whose household members, including parents and/or guardians have a high school education or less, these applicants representing “first generation” college students.

The City Council also removed racially discriminatory language for a scholarship program for educators and staff of Asheville City Schools.

The scholarship agreements were also amended to prohibit discrimination based on race and other categories.

Our clients, a group of Asheville residents, including high school students, courageously challenged this blatantly discriminatory and illegal scholarship program in federal court.

Thankfully, the City of Asheville did the right thing in quickly ending these indefensible race-based scholarship programs.

This federal lawsuit and the resulting remarkable settlement should serve as a wake-up call to those activists and allied politicians pushing the extremist leftist agenda to segregate and discriminate based on race.

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VIDEO: All Trails Lead to Cardona in Parents-as-Terrorist Flap

For Joe Biden, the uproar his administration caused by calling parents “domestic terrorists” has been a controversy he never could shake. Since October, when Attorney General Merrick Garland threatened to sic the FBI on moms and dads who spoke up at school board meetings, the administration has been on the losing side of a very public PR battle. Now, the optics are worse. Just how much collusion was there between the administration and the National School Board Association (NSBA) in the weeks leading up to the letter? A lot more, it turns out, than any of us were led to believe.

When the firestorm started, it didn’t take long for the NSBA to walk their letter back — revealing that a number of their leaders had no idea it had been sent in the first place. There “was no justification for some of the language included in the letter,” the group said. “We should have had a better process in place to allow for consultation on a communication of this significance.” Garland, to most people’s surprise, stood by his memo, insisting to angry Republicans in the House and Senate that the DOJ’s overreaction was perfectly justified. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, meanwhile, continued to feign ignorance.

Now, thanks to new emails just released as part of a parents’ group Freedom of Information Act request, we know that the president’s top educator had at least some knowledge of the letter beforehand. In an October 5th email, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett remembered that NSBA interim CEO Chip Slaven “told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cardona.” Slaven himself told the others that he’d been in talks “over the last several weeks with White House staff” who had “requested additional information on some of the specific threats.”

It’s a damning picture for the Biden administration, who has insisted for months that it didn’t coordinate the attack on parents. As usual, the president’s team has tried to lie itself out of the crisis, insisting as recently as the last 24 hours that Cardona had nothing to do with it. “While the Secretary did not solicit a letter from NSBA, to understand the views and concerns of stakeholders, the Department routinely engages with students, teachers, parents, district leaders and education associations,” a spokesperson said.

House Republicans don’t buy it — or, at the very least, want to hear from Cardona’s own lips. In a letter to the secretary’s office, Congresswoman Mary Miller (R-Ill.) is demanding answers to very basic questions by this Friday. For instance, “Did you speak to anyone at NSBA about the September 29 letter before it was sent?” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) piled on, calling for immediate hearings. “It is abundantly clear to me that Secretary Cardona must answer to the Education and Labor Committee, Congress on the whole, and especially the American people.”

At the end of the day, Miller said, “[Cardona needs to] testify under oath so we can find out the truth. My experience with him is he knows how to wiggle and pivot and possibly even lie… [T]his is as an outrageous claim, and we need to know from him what actually happened. I don’t think we should let this go any farther. What’s happening in our country is outrageous.”

Asked if she was surprised that Biden’s administration was targeting everyday Americans, Miller said, “Yes… but I’d like to return the surprise to them. I want Americans to wake up and fight back and quit being passive. Get off the sidelines. The schools belong to us. We fund them. Those are our children and the schools are accountable to us. We want transparency in the curriculum. We want accountability. We don’t want D.C. elites telling us how to raise our children and how to live.”

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1619 Project Author Gets Historical Facts Wrong

Nikole Hannah-Jones is the New York Times Magazine reporter who wrote the 1619 Project which is being used in many schools across the country. The 1619 Project postulates that America began in 1619, when the first black slaves were brought here—not 1776, when the founders declared independence.

Hannah-Jones made an historical faux pas in a tweet the other day, in which she said that the U.S. Civil War began in 1865. She later apologized, claiming that her tweet was just “poorly worded.” She said she knows the conflict that ultimately ended slavery in America began in 1861 and ended in 1865.

We all make mistakes, but I can’t help but feel her historical error reveals her lack of a true grasp of our history. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but we’re not entitled to our own facts.

Hannah-Jones coincidentally doesn’t have a firm grasp on the concept of parental rights, either. She recently told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “I don’t really understand this idea that parents should decide what’s being taught. I’m not a professional educator. I don’t have a degree in social studies or science….I think we should leave that to the educators.”

Gary Bauer, former Under Secretary of Education for President Reagan, reacts to her remarks: “She admits that she’s not a professional educator. She’s right about that. She’s a professional left-wing agitator.”

Bauer adds, “Parents, policymakers and state legislators are right to ban the 1619 Project. It’s garbage! Numerous professional historians have thoroughly debunked it. It has no business in our schools. But she thinks banning her radical screed is a sign of oppression.”

Dr. Carol M. Swain is a prominent black scholar who has taught at Vanderbilt Law School and at Princeton. I spoke with her on my radio show about the ongoing battle over American history.

She told me the 1619 Project presents a “revisionist history. [It postulates that] the country is racist to the core. Black people built the country. Racism defines who we are as a nation.” Swain would remind us: “When slavery was introduced into America, we were British colonists.”

When I asked her about the idea of America being “systemically racist” today, she said that the passage of the Civil Rights laws in the 1960s, “really ended systemic racism under the law. And any racism that continues is not because of our national structure.”

It pains her to see the distortion of our history which is propagandizing whole new generations against America. She said, “I care about America. And I care about race relations, and anything [the Left] pushes takes us backwards.”

Swain also notes that this America-is-and-always-was-racist message has a “crippling” effect to underprivileged children because “they give up before they ever get started.” What a tragedy.

Nonetheless, the “historian” peddling this false narrative of American history is feted today by the left. Fox News notes that Hannah-Jones “was named to TIME’s list of the ‘100 most influential people’ in 2021.” That is scary since she peddles this false narrative that America began because of slavery.

America became America despite the evil practice of slavery. The American founders created the framework whereby slavery could one day be uprooted. And it was—at the cost of about 700,000 lives.

Civil rights leader Bob Woodson of the Woodson Center created the group 1776 Unites, which aims to address our history in an accurate way. He has recently compiled a book entitled, Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers.

I’ve interviewed Woodson on a couple of occasions. He told me in reference to the 1619 Project, “There are all kinds of historical inaccuracies. We at the Woodson center organized 23-plus scholars and activists to confront this 1619. We called ourselves the 1776 Unites.” Many of these scholars are African-American.

There is a battle over history today. But there are a few historical resources that I would point people to. I have a set of The Annals of America, which is a series of volumes put together by the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1976. The first three volumes in this 20-or so book set focus on the settling and the founding eras of America. It provides the text (and context) of the leading documents in American history. God and the Christian faith can be found all over in many of these original sources.

Meanwhile, Yale University has put such key documents on-line as part of their Avalon Project. This is much more trustworthy—since it’s the original sources—than revisionist claptrap sold to us today by the likes of Nikole Hannah-Jones.

There’s a battle over history in our time. And this battle has big implications as to what our nation was, is, and ever will be.

©Jerry Newcombe. All rights reserved.

Class Warfare: States Head into 2022 Fighting Curriculum

While school districts are fighting to over when students should come back to school, other leaders are trying to make sure critical race theory isn’t there when they do. State legislatures are gearing up to kick off their 2022 sessions, and a slew of conservatives have one goal in mind: shut down CRT and other radical curriculum in the classroom. And Democrats are concerned their side isn’t taking the threat seriously enough.

The lay of the land since Republican Glenn Youngkin won the governorship in Virginia has changed — and even the media can feel it. With foreboding, they’re reporting about the avalanche of legislation set to be considered in the next few months — most of which takes aim at the Democrats’ golden calf: public school indoctrination. Politico details all of the states getting ready for a big push on priorities like parents’ rights, CRT, radical sex education, and more. “There is a huge red wave coming,” Missouri State Rep. Brian Seitz (R), a pastor and business owner, says. “Virginia is just a microcosm of the rest of the United States.”

His state, alongside South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and a half-dozen more are primed and ready to take on the teachers’ unions, school boards, and extreme Left. So far, the Democrats’ only response, blowing off parents or dismissing the trends as make believe, has been a huge misfire. In a lot of regions, like Virginia, it’s only managed to motivate citizens more. The Brookings Institution’s Rashawn Ray insists, “We have hit an ideological civil war that has spilled over into the classrooms for our kids. It’s the fight for the democratic future of America that’s going to control future elections.” And so far, parents are winning.

Indiana State Rep. J.D. Prescott, one of countless legislators making education a top priority, said on “Washington Watch” Thursday that “more parents are paying attention to what’s going on inside the classrooms” and, as a result, they’re becoming “more and more concerned.” “And I want to be careful, [because] I don’t think this is in every classroom or every teacher is presenting this. But it only takes a small percentage of teachers to be presenting these divisive concepts and other obscene material to really cause damage within our school system and really push a liberal propaganda narrative, to be quite frank.”

His bill, Indiana’s HB 1040, puts CRT and explicit material in the bullseye. “It’s a very comprehensive bill,” Prescott explained. “First off, we define what divisive concepts are and ban them within the classroom. We also ban anti-American ideology from being taught and promoted within the classroom. We create a complaint process that goes through the local school [boards] or through the Department of Education and with overall review through the attorney general’s office in Indiana. And the enforcement mechanism is really key to making sure that the law that we pass here is actually a productive law that… can really accomplish our goals of keeping this material out of the classroom.”

The driving factor, Prescott says, is the number of parents who contacted him. And talking to his colleagues around the state, he isn’t the only one. “It’s not just parents from one portion of the state [that are] having these issues. This is really all over the state. So I just want to make sure that’s being addressed as well.”

One of the things that’s helped the GOP get so much traction is the coordination between chambers. Voters have been so engaged that people on both sides of the Indiana statehouse have started drafting multiple bills. Tag-teaming with state senators, the Hoosier conservatives are attacking education from every angle. A proposal in the state Senate, SB 167, would demand a curriculum review committee of parents, teachers, and community members. If it passes, all educational material will have to be posted online with an option for parents to opt out. It also limits how much counseling schools can offer students without informing the parent, so that dangerous ideas like transgenderism or abortion wouldn’t be condoned without parents’ knowledge.

Taking a cue from Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia, where there’s been such an uprising over school library material, SB 167’s sponsor, Republican State Sen. Scott Baldwin tries to weed out those problems too. “Blatantly harmful material deemed illegal on the street corner shouldn’t be considered legal in a school library,” he argued. “I am simply seeking to even the playing field so that materials illegal outside a school are also illegal inside a school.”

It’s time to empower parents, not sideline them. If you want to help, Prescott says it’s simple. “Reach out to your state representatives, state senators, let them know that you say this is an issue that we need to be addressing during this session of the General Assembly.” Chances are, your state will be in some form or fashion. Let those leaders know they have your support!

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Mark Levin: Critical Race Theory ‘is Louis Farrakhan Dressed up as Scholarship’

At the opening of his radio show on Sunday, conservative talk host Mark Levin blasted Critical Race Theory (CRT), which he said was a symptom of a bigger problem Democrats and other left-leaning entities using the American education system to promote a political philosophy, calling it “Louis Farrakhan dressed up as scholarship.”

“They want to rule over us,” he said. “That’s what the Democrat Party is all about. That’s an insurrection. That is an insurrection that undermines our constitutional system and our revolution. What else are they doing? Their teachers’ unions — don’t get me wrong here. The teachers union of the Democratic Party are tied at the hip. Their teachers’ unions are at war with our children. They are using our children as pawns. They are using them to threaten us if we don’t give them what they want; the teachers’ unions are pushing Critical Race Theory, a Marxist racist theory on our kids, brainwashing them day in and day out…

“One hundred and thirty billion dollars to assist school districts with the COVID pandemic, right? $130 billion,” Levin continued. “In Chicago, they won’t go to school. In Maryland, they won’t go to school, and other parts of the blue state America, they won’t go to school. Much of the money being used to what? To push indoctrination, to push Marxism and Critical Race Theory. Critical Race Theory is Louis Farrakhan dressed up as scholarship. It is racism. It is segregation. It is the death knell of this country — this magnificent, wonderful country that believes in individuals, that any individual can succeed who dares to work and try.”

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Critical Race Theory

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Founded by the late Derrick Bell, critical race theory is an academic discipline which maintains that society is divided along racial lines into (white) oppressors and (black) victims, similar to the way Marxism frames the oppressor/victim dichotomy along class lines. Critical race theory contends that America is permanently racist to its core, and that consequently the nation’s legal structures are, by definition, racist and invalid. As Emory University professor Dorothy Brown puts it, critical race theory “seeks to highlight the ways in which the law is not neutral and objective but designed to support white supremacy and the subordination of people of color.”

To learn more about Critical Race Theory (CRT), click here.

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High School Teacher Locks COVID-Positive Child in Car Trunk

And you’re still sending your children to government schools? If so, you’re unfit to be a parent.

High school teacher charged after locking COVID-positive 13-year-old child in trunk to ‘quarantine’

Sarah Beam, a high school teacher, has been charged with endangering a child after she locked her child in the trunk of her car to quarantine them.

By: The Post Millennial, January 8, 202:

A Texas mother has been charged with child endangerment after she locked her 13-year-old child in the trunk of her car after the child tested positive for COVID-19.

Sarah Beam was charged with endangering a child by the Cypress-Fairbanks Police Department. A warrant has been issued for her arrest, according to NBC 2.

Beam reportedly pulled into a drive-thru COVID testing site in Harris County, Texas, when an officer heard a noise coming from her trunk.

When Beam opened the trunk, her 13-year-old child was found inside.

The mom explained that the had child tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore had to be quarantined, officials said.

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District confirmed that Beam had worked for the school district since 2011. Beam had most recently worked as a Cypress Falls High School teacher. She is now on administrative leave.

“CFPD was alerted that a child was in the trunk of a car at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site earlier this week. Law enforcement conducted a full investigation, resulting in a warrant for arrest. Thankfully, the child was not harmed,” the district said in a statement, according to NBC….

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DESANTIS CALLS OUT BIDEN: For failing to ‘shut down the virus’, importing it from across the border & trying to mask young kids.

If our election laws are not overhauled, Governor DeSantis will route President Biden in 2024. And DeSantis would wreck Biden in the debates. It would not be pretty. It would be the political version of Tyson vs Spinks.

DESANTIS DESTROYS BIDEN: ‘His Solution is to Force Kindergarteners to Wear Masks’

By the First, January 4, 2022

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has had enough of the Biden Administration singling out Floridians over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis unloaded on the President and his administration during a press conference today —excerpts below.

“Joe Biden has taken to himself to single out Florida over COVID. This is a guy who ran for President saying he was going to “shut down the virus.” And what has he done? He’s imported more virus from around the world by having a wide-open southern border. You have hundreds of thousands of people pouring across every month.”

“And it’s not just from Mexico – in fact it’s rarely from Mexico. You have over one hundred different countries where people are pouring through – not only are they letting them through, they’re then farming them out all across our communities across this country…putting them on planes…putting them on buses. You think they are worried about COVID for that? Of course not. So he’s facilitating. Who knows what new variants are out there but I can tell you whatever variants are around the world, they’re coming across that southern border.”

“And what is his big solution? His solution…he wants to have the government force kindergarteners to wear masks in school. He doesn’t believe the parents should have a say in that. He thinks that should be a decision for the government. Well I can tell ya in Florida, parents are going to be the ones in charge of that decision.”

Watch the full clip.

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STRIKE! Chicago Teachers Unions Votes Not To Return To Schools, Abandons Children

At the last minute, leaving parents and the district in a bind. Teachers insist they will only teach remotely, putting students last (Chalkboard Review). From another story: Mayor Lori Lightfoot said teachers who do not come into work tomorrow will be put on no pay status (Twitter).

I have one word for parents – HOMESCHOOL. Government schools have destroyed our children.

BREAKING: Chicago Teachers Union Begins Strike Over in-Person Learning

By: Chalkboard Review, January 4, 2022:

As many schools across the country resume in-person learning after the holiday break, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) finds itself in turmoil.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted to refuse anything but a return to remote learning. CTU vice president Stacey Davis Gates told CNN that they will not return to work unless the city meets union demands for more testing, on-site vaccination clinics, and ventilation. Thus far, both Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Pedro Martinez have remained committed to in-person learning.

Martinez has said previously that if the union goes on strike, classes will be canceled, but families will still be able to make use of CPS buildings.

“I will have to cancel classes tomorrow,” Martinez lamented. “It doesn’t mean that the schools will be closed. The schools will be open, but I will have to cancel classes tomorrow because I can’t… I have to be responsible in knowing who’s going to be showing up to the buildings. And then, we will have a plan specifically for parents that will come out tomorrow in a very timely fashion about what the path forward is.”

This is not the first time CTU has stalled the resumption of in-person learning. In December 2020, the union published a laundry list of demands that the city had to meet before the union would agree to return to in-person work. These included strict testing protocols, enforceable mask mandates, cleaning, health screening, ventilation, equitable vaccine distribution, and automatic closures if the citywide test positivity rate exceeded 3%. At the time, Chicago’s test positivity rate exceeded 13%.

Experts around the world have expressed deep concern about the lingering effects of past school closures as well as the possible effects of any future closures. Even the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has warned that the negative effects of school closures include (but are not limited to) interrupted learning, an increase in dropout rates, and the cessation of essential programs that keep poor kids healthy.

In addition, studies from around the world — including Japanthe United Kingdom, and a global meta-analysis — have found that not only do school closures not diminish the spread of COVID-19, they may increase it, as COVID-19 spreads more efficiently in households than it does in the workplace.

Nevertheless, the CTU is holding firm. After all, more than 80% of CTU members are unwilling to work in CPS schools in-person at this time. Hopefully, at the end of all this, the consequences will not be foisted upon Chicago’s children.

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100 Reasons to Homeschool Your Kids

From fostering creativity and freedom to providing impressive educational outcomes, homeschooling is an increasingly appealing option.


This is my 100th article at FEE.org, so here are 100 reasons to homeschool your kids!

  1. Homeschoolers perform well academically.
  2. Your kids may be happier.
  3. Issues like ADHD might disappear or become less problematic.
  4. It doesn’t matter if they fidget.
  5. YOU may be happier! All that time spent on your kids’ homework can now be used more productively for family learning and living.
  6. You can still work and homeschool.
  7. And even grow a successful business while homeschooling your kids.
  8. Your kids can also build successful businesses, as many grown unschoolers become entrepreneurs.
  9. You can be a single parent and homeschool your kids.
  10. Your kids can be little for longer. Early school enrollment has been linked by Harvard researchers with troubling rates of ADHD diagnosis. A year can make a big difference in early childhood development.
  11. Some of us are just late bloomers. We don’t all need to be on “America’s early-blooming conveyor belt.”
  12. Then again, homeschooling can help those kids who might be early bloomers and graduate from college at 16.
  13. Whether early, late, or somewhere in the middle, homeschooling allows all children to move at their own pace.
  14. You can choose from a panoply of curriculum options based on your children’s needs and your family’s educational philosophy.
  15. Or you can focus on unschooling, a self-directed education approach tied to a child’s interests.
  16. Homeschooling gives your kids plenty of time to play! In a culture where childhood free play is disappearing, preserving play is crucial to a child’s health and well-being.
  17. They can have more recess and less homework.
  18. You can take advantage of weekly homeschool park days, field trips, classes, and other gatherings offered through a homeschooling group near you.
  19. Homeschooling co-ops are growing, so you can find support and resources.
  20. Homeschooling learning centers are sprouting worldwide, prioritizing self-directed education and allowing more flexibility to more families who want to homeschool.
  21. Parks, beaches, libraries, and museums are often less crowded during school hours, and many offer programming specifically for homeschoolers.
  22. You’re not alone. Nearly two million US children are homeschooled, and the homeschooling population is increasingly reflective of America’s diversity. In fact, the number of black homeschoolers doubled between 2007 and 2011.
  23. One-quarter of today’s homeschoolers are Hispanic-Americans who want to preserve bilingualism and family culture.
  24. Some families of color are choosing homeschooling to escape what they see as poor academic outcomes in schools, a curriculum that ignores their cultural heritage, institutional racism, and disciplinary approaches that disproportionately target children of color.
  25. More military families are choosing homeschooling to provide stability and consistency through frequent relocations and deployments.
  26. While the majority of homeschoolers are Christians, many Muslim families are choosing to homeschool, as are atheists.
  27. Homeschooling has wide bipartisan appeal.
  28. More urban parents are choosing to homeschool, prioritizing family and individualized learning.
  29. Religious freedom may be important to many homeschooling families, but it is not the primary reason they choose to homeschool. “Concern about the school environment, such as safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure” is the top motivator according to federal data.
  30. Fear of school shootings and widespread bullying are other concerns that are prompting more families to consider the homeschooling option.
  31. Some parents choose homeschooling because they are frustrated by Common Core curriculum frameworks and frequent testing in public schools.
  32. Adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicide decline during the summer, but Vanderbilt University researchers found that suicidal tendencies spike at back-to-school time. (This is a pattern opposite to that of adults, who experience more suicidal thoughts and acts in the summertime.) Homeschooling your kids may reduce these school-induced mental health issues.
  33. It will also prevent schools from surreptitiously collecting and tracking data on your child’s mental health.
  34. Your kids’ summertime can be fully self-directed, as can the rest of their year.
  35. That’s because kids thrive under self-directed education.
  36. Some kids are asking to be homeschooled.
  37. And they may even thank you for it.
  38. Today’s teens aren’t working in part-time or summer jobs like they used to. Homeschooling can offer time for valuable teen work experience.
  39. It can also provide the opportunity to cultivate teen entrepreneurial skills.
  40. Your kids don’t have to wait for adulthood to pursue their passions.
  41. By forming authentic connections with community members, homeschoolers can take advantage of teen apprenticeship programs.
  42. Some apprenticeship programs have a great track record on helping homeschoolers build important career skills and get great jobs.
  43. Self-directed learning centers for teen homeschoolers can provide a launchpad for community college classes and jobs while offering peer connection and adult mentoring.
  44. With homeschooling, you can inspire your kids to love reading.
  45. Maybe that’s because they will actually read books, something one-quarter of Americans reported not doing in 2014.
  46. Your kids might even choose to voluntarily read financial statements or do worksheets.
  47. You can preserve their natural childhood creativity.
  48. Schools kill creativity, as Sir Ken Robinson proclaims in his TED Talk, the most-watched one ever.
  49. Homeschooling might even help your kids use their creativity in remarkable ways, as other well-known homeschoolers have done.
  50. With homeschooling, learning happens all the time, all year round. There are no arbitrary starts and stops.
  51. You can take vacations at any time of the year without needing permission from the principal.
  52. Or you can go world-schooling, spending extended periods of time traveling the world together as a family or letting your teens travel the world without you.
  53. Your kids can have healthier lunches than they would at school.
  54. And you can actually enjoy lunch with them rather than being banned from the school cafeteria.
  55. Your kids don’t have to walk through metal detectors, past armed police officers, and into locked classrooms in order to learn.
  56. You can avoid bathroom wars and let your kids go to the bathroom wherever and whenever they want—without raising their hand to ask for permission.
  57. Research shows that teen homeschoolers get more sleep than their schooled peers.
  58. Technological innovations make self-education through homeschooling not only possible but also preferable.
  59. Free, online learning programs like Khan AcademyDuolingoScratchProdigy Math, and MIT OpenCourseWare complement learning in an array of topics, while others, like Lynda.com and Mango, may be available for free through your local public library.
  60. Schooling was for the Industrial Age, but unschooling is for the future.
  61. With robots doing more of our work, we need to rely more on our distinctly human qualities, like curiosity and ingenuity, to thrive in the Innovation Era.
  62. Homeschooling could be the “smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century,” according to Business Insider.
  63. Teen homeschoolers can enroll in an online high school program to earn a high school diploma if they choose.
  64. But young people don’t need a high school diploma in order to go to college.
  65. Many teen homeschoolers take community college classes and transfer into four-year universities with significant credits and cost-savings. Research suggests that community college transfers also do better than their non-transfer peers.
  66. Homeschooling may be the new path to Harvard.
  67. Many colleges openly recruit and welcome homeschoolers because they tend to be “innovative thinkers.”
  68. But college doesn’t need to be the only pathway to a meaningful adult life and livelihood. Many lucrative jobs don’t require a college degree, and companies like Google and Apple have dropped their degree requirements.
  69. In fact, more homeschooling families from the tech community in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are choosing to homeschool their kids.
  70. Hybrid homeschooling models are popping up everywhere, allowing more families access to this educational option.
  71. Some of these hybrid homeschool programs are public charter schools that are free to attend and actually give families access to funds for homeschooling.
  72. Other education choice mechanisms, like Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) and tax-credit scholarship programs, are expanding to include homeschoolers, offering financial assistance to those families who need and want it.
  73. Some states allow homeschoolers to fully participate in their local school sports teams and extracurricular activities.
  74. Homeschooling may be particularly helpful for children with disabilities, like dyslexia, as the personalized learning model allows for more flexibility and customization.
  75. Homeschooling is growing in popularity worldwide, especially in IndiaAustralia, the United KingdomIsrael, and even in China, where it’s illegal.
  76. Homeschooling grants children remarkable freedom and autonomy, particularly self-directed approaches like unschooling, but it’s definitely not the Lord of the Flies.
  77. Homeschooling allows for much more authentic, purposeful learning tied to interests and everyday interactions in the community rather than contrived assignments at school.
  78. Throughout the American colonial and revolutionary eras, homeschooling was the norm, educating leaders like George Washington and Abigail Adams.
  79. In fact, many famous people were homeschooled.
  80. And many famous people homeschool their own kids.
  81. Your homeschooled kids will probably be able to name at least one right protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, something 37 percent of adults who participated in a recent University of Pennsylvania survey couldn’t do.
  82. Homeschooling can be preferable to school because it’s a totally different learning environment. As homeschooling pioneer John Holt wrote in Teach Your Own: “What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children’s growth in the world is not that it is a better school than the schools but that it isn’t a school at all.”
  83. Immersed in their larger community and engaged in genuine, multi-generational activities, homeschoolers tend to be better socialized than their schooled peers. Newer studies suggest the same.
  84. Homeschoolers interact daily with an assortment of people in their community in pursuit of common interests, not in an age-segregated classroom with a handful of teachers.
  85. Research suggests that homeschoolers are more politically tolerant than others.
  86. They can dig deeper into emerging passions, becoming highly proficient.
  87. They also have the freedom to quit.
  88. They can spend abundant time outside and in nature.
  89. Homeschooling can create strong sibling relationships and tight family bonds.
  90. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 US states and has been since 1993, but regulations vary widely by state.
  91. In spite of ongoing efforts to regulate homeschoolers, US homeschooling is becoming less regulated.
  92. That’s because homeschooling parents are powerful defenders of education freedom.
  93. Parents can focus family learning around their own values, not someone else’s.
  94. Homeschooling is one way to get around regressive compulsory schooling laws and put parents back in charge of their child’s education.
  95. It can free children from coercive, test-driven schooling.
  96. It is one education option among many to consider as more parents opt-out of mass schooling.
  97. Homeschooling is the ultimate school choice.
  98. It is inspiring education entrepreneurship to disrupt the schooling status quo.
  99. And it’s encouraging frustrated educators to leave the classroom and launch their own alternatives to school.
  100. Homeschooling is all about having the liberty to learn.

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Kerry McDonald is a Senior Education Fellow at FEE and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom (Chicago Review Press, 2019). She is also an adjunct scholar at The Cato Institute and a regular Forbes contributor. Kerry has a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed. in education policy from Harvard University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and four children. You can sign up for her weekly newsletter on parenting and education here.

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The Dumbing Down of America Started Here

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, while I was teaching, I noticed a significant change in the goal of education. I usually didn’t care what the curricula or text said; I wanted my students to learn what I learned in school, which helped me make great choices throughout my life. I was teaching my students skills so they could make the best choices for their lives.

It was during this time I noticed that instead of teaching knowledge and skills, the teacher’s manual changed. We were now to focus on feelings and common thought. As a math teacher asking, “how do you feel about 2+2=4?” did not compute. How does that help you balance a checkbook, work a profit-loss statement? So I never asked those questions. The new world order has us focusing on the group, not the individual.

Individual excellence was not as important as the achievement and success of the group. The group got a name, and the group achievement got stars on the wall instead of naming individual students and showing their achievement. Students were given group assignments, and the fast learners were discouraged from finishing so fast. The others had to catch up. The dumbing down of everyone had begun.

This evolution took the entire 22 years I taught, until one term when we came back to school, and there was no more old text for me to use. Everything was now to be done the John Dewey, Modern Education way. That year marked the end of my teaching career.

I attended the John Dewey New School for Social Research, Greenwich Village, NYC. It was there I learned that all subject matter was to be integrated with the same message. Hollywood, the media were all to carry the same message, which would be reinforced in school. The message: The Environment, the destruction of the planet is caused by HUMANS. How evil we are. They were right at that time. The pollution and smog were so bad that it was almost impossible to breathe in some cities. They focused on pollution as the cause of climate change⏤more lies.

In the beginning, the EPA did clean much of the air and water, but somehow it was never enough. The rules got stricter, and prices of items became unnecessarily higher. Try buying a simple item like a gas can. In 2000, a gas can was about four bucks. Today they are over ten bucks. Why? Because now they have to follow insane EPA regulations on gas and oil and the design of the can. Eventually, as many people with power do, they abused their power and closed industries which was the original intent. The lucrative logging industry came to a standstill, and Americans were forced to buy expensive lumber from Canada and overseas. The forests now go up in smoke instead of logging and following good forestry practices, which loggers did. Because they do not allow opposition, We have a choice of one, whatever they give us. My first car was a 1968 Camero. I got to pick the exterior color (white) and the interior color (Hunter Green) Not today. Today we can choose one of the packages the manufacturer selected for us. Sadly our children will never have the individual choices we could make. 

I learned how important messaging is and how you can take a group of people and motivate them to ignore their own will and vote with the group totally. The one controlling communication has the power. If you can isolate people and make them afraid, they will give up almost anything to make the pain disappear. Just look at the present day of forcing mask-wearing and vaccine mandates on an unwilling public.

We learned Cloward and Piven, the Hegalian Dialectic, Cognitive Dissonance, Projection, and the Precautionary Principle. I learned that the ends justify the means of Conspicuous Consumption and Planned Obsolescence. It was then that I realized we were teaching a communist method.

Students were no longer encouraged to think outside the box. Today they must think inside the box. No more individual excellence only collective mediocrity. Today unelected people who had this type of feel-good education are making the new rules which make no sense because the new Globalist is void of logic and reason.

I began to notice how all of these psychological theories had one thing in common⏤as a math teacher; I always looked for the common denominator. They all were fed by EMOTION. What were we teaching in school? EMOTION. Following Edwin Bernays, the grandfather of Marketing and Sales: “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby” – 40 Virginia Slims Cigarette Ads From the Early 1970s, the thinking was once these kids got out of school, they would be guided by their emotions. Once that happens, those in charge using a persuasive argument can control the masses; the talking heads on MSM are perfect examples. Do they actually believe their own lies, or are they controlled because of money and ego?

The brain is like a filing cabinet. A human can only have ONE thought at a time. The other thoughts are in the locked cabinet. So if all you ever deal with and learn in school is emotion, you will never use logic and reason. Today we are living the results of that type of emotional education. For the most part, the 1% of people running the world are sociopaths and nihilists. They have NO emotion and could care less about anyone but themselves. They are on a mission for eternal life. Anything else is just a temporary annoyance. 

With money and power, they control the next level of about 10% of the population. The job of the 10% is to use emotion to spread fear in order to control the sheeple. People who die along the way are just collateral damage in their never-ending quest for money and power—killing off seniors, no big deal. Seniors have become the useless eaters digging into their profit. So they continually tell us that the earth is overpopulated, not enough food – all lies. They know the money pot is finite, and they resent you for having any. This is why every time we get our share, a bubble of destruction is orchestrated to put us back in our place by making sure we lose our assets while they get stimulus money to get richer. The money they have really belongs to us. They essentially stole our money through all kinds of government schemes.

Think about the economy today. People can not return to work because the Globalists have arranged that by overregulation, mandates, lockdowns, government subsidies, and importing cheap labor. Globalists hate America, want to destroy America, and have instituted a strategy called death by 1000 cuts.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity = DIE

By owning Education, Wall Street, Media, Pharma, and Hollywood⏤they own the messaging. This same messaging is now seen in every agency and industry in America. By owning education, they can ensure obedience and loyalty. The incompetence, corruption, racism, and hatred found in every American agency are staggering.

Do you now understand why the border is open? The middle class was making too much money under Trump. The middle class was finally catching up.  However, according to the Globalists, the American middle class was becoming a bad example for the rest of the world. Obama even told a group of Kenya graduates not to think about air conditioning or cars like Americans. No competition was allowed under communism. No one except the chosen ones can profit as long as the government gets its cut. Enter China with lots of $$$$. 

A new partnership was born with China and the corrupt politicians who arranged favorable trade positions for China to the detriment of Americans. By following the America First plan of President Trump, the Globalists began to see their income and power shrink, and the middle class expanded. How dare MAGA fight back. You are the enemy. Therefore, anything goes, you deserve to be punished. Time for a good crisis, and they have many: Inflation, Covid, Mass Unemployment, High Gas Prices, Drug, Crimes, Murders, Alcohol, Suicide. 

Globalists are in both parties. Globalists must punish their enemies. Their enemy is anyone who disagrees with them. Americans, especially MAGA Americans, disagree. Therefore MAGA Americans are the enemy and deserve to be punished. This punishment of the evil domestic terrorists, MAGA, enables Globalists to justify the political prisoners, riots, mandates, open borders, election theft, censorship. 

We can’t let them get away with dictating to us. We can not allow their lies to stand.

We must be the truth warriors. Stop letting others choose your destiny. 

Is America worth saving?

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke.

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Racist School Board Unanimously Approves Plan to Pay Non-White Teachers More

Inverted Jim Crow. That’s what the Democrats have wrought.

Wildly Racist MN School Board Just Approved an Unthinkable Plan for White Teachers

If you feel like you live in an alternative universe where reductionism replaces logic and superficiality trumps character, here’s more evidence that you may be right. We might just be living in a racist version of The Twilight Zone.

By: Western Journal, December 30, 2021:

The Mankato School Board in Minnesota voted unanimously to pay non-white teachers “additional stipends” based only on the color of their skin, according to BizPac Review. If you happen to be born black or Native American and teach for the school district, you ostensibly deserve to be paid more than your peers.

You don’t have to earn the raise for going the extra mile to help students or for actually doing anything at all. The pay raise is based upon the accident of skin color and nothing else. Forget the fact that nobody gets to determine the color of skin they’re born with.

The chair of the board, Jodi Sapp, is no stranger to controversy. She raised eyebrows when she required parents to give their name and address before commenting on school matters, The Daily Wire reported.

In this latest move, Sapp led the charge to amend district policy so that only non-white teachers are eligible for additional stipends to become mentors to other non-white colleagues.
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Whites need not apply. If this isn’t racist, what is?

Not everyone was happy with the vote. Republican state Rep. Jeremy Munson criticized the policy, saying, “Our largest local school district just voted to pay people differently, not on merit, or by the content of their character, but based solely on the color of their skin.”

“This is allowed and encouraged under a revision to Minnesota state Statute 122A.70,” Munson continued. “Mankato Area Public Schools Policy number 466 provides pay for black and native American school staff above which is paid to white employees.”

Board member Erin Roberts defended the policy by saying the policy isn’t a form of segregation.

Vice-chair Kenneth Reid joined Roberts in defending the vote by claiming that, “It creates global citizens at the end of the day.”

Aha! Now it begins to make sense. It’s not The Twilight Zone unless a neo-Marxist move to strip U.S. citizens of the individual human dignity guaranteed by the Constitution can only happen in an alternative universe. In the neo-Marxist world, there are no individuals. Each person is put in a group based on something outside of their control.

Maybe it’s becoming more like The Outer Limits where the audience must relinquish control of the television screen.

Is this a world you would choose to live in? Neo-Marxists are doing everything in their power to strip the individual of the power to choose.

You can’t choose what skin color you are born with, who your parents happen to be or whether you are born rich or poor. But, in America, you are born with the freedom to choose how, as an individual, you will navigate your God-given life. In America, no two lives are the same. Even identical twins experience the world uniquely. Each individual is one of a kind.

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The Mankato School Board decision is akin to saying all German Shepherds are more deserving to be police dogs than their cousin Belgian Shepherds. The individual dog doesn’t matter. No need for contests. No need for training. The German Shepherds, by accident of birth, are more deserving. You get the picture. Don’t let these people do this to your children. You can’t.

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Is it racist to say that 2+2=4?

Some educators claim that teaching the objective facts of mathematics and science is an imposition of Western imperialism.


Facts once assumed true by everyone are quickly becoming controversial. This is a trend we have all become aware of. There is, for example, increasing pressure to suggest that pregnancy can happen to women and men. People who wish to express that “all lives matter” may now choose to self-censor for fear of reprisal. You may have even heard that the American Cancer Society, well-meaning no doubt, recently called women “individuals with a cervix”.

In the latest development, it’s being suggested that we could be guilty of Western imperialism if we insist that 2+2=4.

In late 2019, Seattle Public Schools released a new draft curriculum aimed at “re-humanising” mathematics. It suggests that “Western” maths has been used to “disenfranchise people and communities of colour” by posing as “the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence.” The document goes on to ask, “Who gets to say if an answer is right?”

This draft curriculum builds on the theory of ethnomathematics — the study of intersections between maths and culture — which began in the late 1970s.

While the historical oppression of minorities should by all means be covered in school curricula, using it to dismantle the universal facts of mathematics is highly questionable. But Seattle Public Schools seem quite serious.

So did many Twitter users in the online debate that followed. Nikole Hannah-Jones, founder of The New York Times’ controversial “1619 Project”, weighed into the debate, tweeting,

“I wonder if folks always talking about ‘standards’ ever stop to consider that it’s their so-called standards that are the actual problem.”

Brooklyn College professor also voiced her view that 2 + 2 = 4 “reeks of White supremacist patriarchy”. Laurie Rubel objected to “the idea that math (or data) is culturally neutral or in any way objective,” claiming that this is a myth. “I’m ready to move on with that understanding. Who’s coming with me?” she added. Several other academics from American universities and colleges went on to retweet and support her views.

It turns out that this is no isolated discussion.

A New York-based group called Abolition Science was formed in 2018. The community produces a regular podcast and describes itself as “an anti-colonial project” with a mission to “undermine the racial capitalist logics of Western Science and Math”. Their vision statement explains that they are “an abolitionist project that envisions a science and math delinked from racial capitalism, imperialism, and oppression”.

In actual fact, key concepts behind mathematics came to the West from non-Western lands. The concept of the number zero — a revolutionary concept for mathematics — has roots in Mesopotamia and India, for example. Al-jabr, or “algebra” as we call it, came to us from the Middle East.

Moreover, mathematics is embraced far beyond the West today as the basis for just about every modern advancement — from smartphones to medical research to skyscrapers.

This is important context before dismissing mathematics, as we have always understood it, as being “oppressive”.

These are ominous signs of our times. For good reason do many describe ours a “post-truth” world. Social theorist Thomas Sowell, who is himself African-American, was sharp in his analysis that “we are living in an era when sanity is controversial and insanity is just another viewpoint”.

English philosopher G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) saw the early signs of the West’s abandonment of objective truth, and in a cheeky tone, he warned:

We shall soon be in a world in which a man may be howled down for saying that two and two make four, in which people will persecute the heresy of calling a triangle a three-sided figure, and hang a man for maddening a mob with the news that grass is green.

But there is another eerie backdrop to these developments.

The phrase “two plus two equals five” was made famous by George Orwell’s dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). In that story, the totalitarian government that ruled Oceania brainwashed its citizens to say and believe absurd things. Under threat of torture, protagonist Winston Smith was forced to declare that two plus two equals five. This was part of the ruling Party’s push to replace “thoughtcrimes” with approved ideas known as “Newspeak”.

Could it be that in coming years, insisting that 2+2=4 will become as risky as saying that there are only two genders?

It is good to question our assumptions and challenge our biases. And yes, let’s continue to root out injustice and oppression if we encounter it. But sometimes fashion goes too far. In the all-consuming desire to critique Western civilisation, we may well end up dispensing with truth itself. That won’t help us — and it’s doubtful that sowing this kind of distrust among the next generation will bode well either.

With so much cultural upheaval that has taken place in recent years, now might be a good time to ask yourself: is 2 + 2 = 4 a hill you’re willing to die on?

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Kurt Mahlburg is a writer and author, and an emerging Australian voice on culture and the Christian faith. He has a passion for both the philosophical and the personal, drawing on his background as a graduate… More by Kurt Mahlburg

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‘1619 Project’ Creator Hannah-Jones: Parents Shouldn’t Decide What’s Taught in School

Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the widely-debunked 1619 Project which posits that America’s history is grounded in racism, not liberty, declared that parents should not be in charge of deciding what is taught in schools.

“I don’t really understand this idea that parents should decide what’s being taught,” Hannah-Jones mused. “I’m not a professional educator. I don’t have a degree in social studies or science. We send our children to school because we want them to be taught by people who have expertise in the subject area. And that is not my job.”

Referring to far-left, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who sparked controversy when he declared in a recent gubernatorial debate that parents shouldn’t have any say in their children’s education, Hannah-Jones added, “When the governor or the candidate said he didn’t think parents should be deciding what’s being taught in school, he was panned for that, but that’s just the fact this is why we send our children to school and don’t home school because these are the professional educators who have the expertise to teach social study, to teach history, to teach science, to teach literature. I  think we should leave that to the educators. Yes, we should have some say, but school is not about simply confirming our worldview. Schools should teach us to question. They should teach us how to think, not what to think.”

That is precisely the problem. Today’s left-dominated education system is designed to indoctrinate, not to open up young minds and encourage critical thinking. It is designed to promote a far-left worldview. “Professional educators” now are not experts in history, science, and literature, but in political activism, and they proudly perceive their job to be turning students into social justice activists.

Parents realize this now and are fighting to wrest control of the education of their children from this radical brainwashing.


1619 Project

7 Known Connections

Nikole Hannah-Jones was awarded, for her 1619 Project, the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Moreover, the Pulitzer Center, as The 1619 Project’s official education partner, facilitated the implantation of curricula based on the Project into some 4,500 classrooms nationwide between August 2019 and May 2020. As the Pulitzer Center boasts:

  • “Tens of thousands of students in all 50 states engaged with the curricular resources, which include reading guides, lesson plans, and extension activities.”
  • “Tens of thousands of copies of [The New York Times Magazine] were shipped by The New York Times and the Pulitzer Center to students and educators at K-12 schools, community colleges, [historically black colleges], and other campuses.”
  • “Five school systems adopted the project at broad scale: Buffalo, New York; Chicago, [Illinois]; Washington, DC; Wilmington, Delaware; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.”

The 1619 Project is also supported by the Smithsonian Institution.

To learn more about the 1619 Project, click here.

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