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Friday, September 6, 2019

Schools Teaching Progressive Propaganda

            Families, communities, and nations are stronger when schools teach appropriate subjects to the rising generation. Since many, if not all, school districts are allowing progressive issues to come into the classrooms, parents must be aware of what is being taught to their children, recognize where it comes from, and teach appropriate truths about it. More and more parents are opting to remove their children from the classrooms and to teach them at home because of what is happening in the public schools. Those parents who have children in the public schools must be alert to and aware of what is happening there.

            President Donald Trump spoke at a rally recently and cautioned that “the radical Democrats are trying to tear this country apart” with their divisive identity politics.” The radicals are applying their tactics to children and teenagers in our school districts. Betsy McCaughey posted an article with The Daily Signal with the title, “`Ethnic Studies’ Latest Ploy to Brainwash Kids.” 

            I can tell you that someone is poisoning the minds of my grandchildren against Trump. Sometime in the past year I received a picture of him with his right hand on his chest and a United States flag flying in the background. I put the picture on my refrigerator because I like to believe that the President of the United States loves America. 

Two of my children brought their families to Alaska this summer, and a child from each family asked me, “Do you like Trump?” I explained to each of them that I do not agree with everything that Trump says, but I believe that he loves America and is doing many good things for our nation. My answer seemed to satisfy them because they asked no more questions. I hope that their thoughts about Trump are not being colored by comments made by their parents. I hope that my children are teaching my grandchildren that America is great because it is good and that it is good even though there were numerous mistakes in the past. Now I return to the article by McCaughey referenced above.

Left-wing activists are using these same divisive tactics to target your kids’ schools and co-opt their young minds.

Across the country, leftists are demanding that public schools teach “ethnic studies.” Don’t be fooled by the title. Many of these courses demonize America’s past, label whites as oppressors, and convert students into “social justice organizers.”

California Democrats are pushing to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement statewide. Their drafted curriculum defines ethnic studies as the “experiences of people of color in the United States” and the “forms of oppression” they’ve endured.

The California course urges students to become “agents of change” and mandates that all students complete an “engagement/action project.” Astoundingly, the course guide suggests only one project to meet this requirement: promoting “voting rights for undocumented immigrant residents” in local elections.

The curriculum tars white students – by virtue of their whiteness – as oppressors. The course outline calls for “the privilege walk,” an exercise to teach white students about privileges they take for granted. “Whiteness,” defined as “more than a racial identity marker,” apparently “separates those that are privileged from those that are not.”

            It seems that being children in this crazy world is not enough. Our nation has worked for years to overcome racism in all its forms, but progressives apparently want the problems of racism to continue – this time against whites. How in the world will more racism bring more unity to our nation?

McCaughey continues by saying that “White kids will have to endure this harassment to graduate.” While the white kids are being persecuted for the color of their skin, minorities will be encouraged “to think of themselves as oppressed.” Of course, the curriculum does not include “success stories like Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas.” It also does not include any “explanation for why millions around the globe are struggling to get into the U.S., even scaling walls and wading rivers, to make this country their home.”

The economic system – capitalism – that helped to make America great in the first place and to keep it great is “demonized as a system in which ‘people of color are disproportionately exploited.’” The progressives do not care that “capitalism has lifted billions of people of color out of poverty worldwide.” 

The author points out that the crusade to demonize capitalism is not a new issue to progressives. It has been part of their agenda since the 1930s and 1940s, and it seems to be gathering strength. McCaughey has the following counsel for all Americans to counteract the teaching going on inside the public schools.

Today, all Americans – parents and nonparents alike – who share the vision of opportunity, common values, and colorblind justice need to recognize what’s happening and stop it.

Our future hinges not just on who’s elected president but on who’s elected to school boards. The leftist push for ethnic studies – more accurately termed “oppression studies” – poses a serious threat to the America we hold dear.

            As I read this article, I could not help but think about Nazi Germany, so I searched for something that would confirm what I was remembering. I found this article about Nazi Germany at Encyclopedia Britannica. I find it interesting and alarming that Hitler – like the progressives in this country – went for the minds of the children and youth.

After Adolf Hitler’s accession to power in 1933, the Nazis set out to reconstruct German society. To do that, the totalitarian government attempted to exert complete control over the populace. Every institution was infused with National Socialist ideology and infiltrated by Nazi personnel in chief positions. Schools were no exception….

The Nazi government attempted to control the minds of the young and thus, among other means, intruded Nazi beliefs into the school curriculum. A major part of biology became “race science,” and health education and physical training did not escape the racial stress. Geography became geopolitics, the study of the fatherland being fundamental. Physical training was made compulsory for all, as was youth labour service. Much of the fundamental curriculum was not disturbed, however.

            It seems that the Nazis made only a few changes in the school curriculum, but they managed to gain control of the students’ thinking. Most people with normal intelligence can see that Nazi Germany was a bad thing for the German people as well as the entire world. However, many of the millennial generation see no problem with socialism – a precursor to totalitarianism. Parents and other Americans must be aware that there are secret combinations who are attempting to destroy our constitutional way of life. These groups are trying to destroy liberty and freedom, and they are using children and teenagers to bring parents and grandparents into the fold. Therefore, parents must be aware of what is being taught in the schools and counteract it in order to strengthen their community and nation.

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