Virginia Mandates “Slavery Lessons” . . . For Kindergarteners
“Sugarcoating or ignoring slavery until later grades makes students more upset by or even resistant to true stories about American history”
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Here at LI, we have long covered the Marxist takeover of college education and its devolution into the crazed, self-righteous cancel culture cult that has taken over the leftstream media, Hollywood, and major corporations. Campus culture has become American culture in many disturbing and alarming ways, and as Andrew Breitbart famously noted “politics is downstream from culture.”
The radical left, while housed in and focused mainly on college campuses, has long been eyeing K-12 education as the next great front in their war against America, capitalism, the “rich,” and white people.
Having won—at least for now—the college campus war, they are increasingly shifting focus to our elementary schools. The younger, the better appears to be the philosophy of those wishing to replace traditional, useful education with identity indoctrination.
We saw this broadly with the New York Times‘ 1619 project, a ridiculously inaccurate mishmash of history and fiction that ignores everything positive about America while hammering missteps and making up out of whole cloth damning narratives intended to instill anti-American, anti-capitalist sentiment among American schoolchildren. And make no mistake, this travesty is being taught in K-12 schools across the country as if it were fact and not revolutionary fantasy.
With every victory the left claims, they dig into the K-12 classroom. Remember when all the left cared about were their gazillion genders? Remember how they had elementary school children coloring “gender identity” unicorns?
The next “big” thing was “white privilege,” so K-12 schools were teaching children that if they are white, they are born racist. Period. The end. It’s over for you, little child, you are an awful person because you were born white. Children came home in tears, telling their parents, “I’m a bad person.”
The latest “big” thing for the radical loons who apparently want children programmed for life is a the mandate in Virginia that all children in kindergarten be indoctrinated with slavery lessons.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Virginia kindergarten students will learn about institutional racism alongside the alphabet, according to a new curriculum created for the upcoming school year.
Loudoun County is adding “social justice” to the mission of teaching elementary school students reading, writing, and arithmetic. The Washington, D.C., suburb—the richest county in the country—has teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) education arm Teaching Tolerance to develop its new curriculum. The proposed lesson plan will restructure history and social studies classes to emphasize slavery as fundamental to American society for students from kindergarten to the fifth grade.
“Sugarcoating or ignoring slavery until later grades makes students more upset by or even resistant to true stories about American history,” the curriculum reads. “Long before we teach algebra, we teach its component parts. We should structure history instruction the same way.”
The ten levels of destructive crazy here are mind-boggling. In kindergarten, kids should be
enjoying story time with their favorite transvestite learning the alphabet, finger-painting, and taking naps not learning about slavery.
But the giveaway, of course, is the fact that not teaching children who can’t yet be depended upon to go potty by themselves the left’s anti-American hatred makes them “resistant to true stories about American history.”
Ah yes, there’s the rub. Children who don’t learn about how much America sucks by the time they are seven tend to be resistant to the idea that America sucks.
Apparently, the idea is to eschew crazy lessons like reading, writing, and arithmetic, and to focus instead on creating miniature social justice warriors.
The Washington Free Beacon continues:
“The state Board of Education approves content standards and curriculum frameworks for history and social studies,” a state education department spokesman said. “Local school boards are responsible for developing or adopting curriculum aligned with the state standards and framework.” Loudoun County’s school board did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The guide encourages educators to create opportunities for kindergarten, first, and second grade students to learn about “activism and action civics.”
“Students should study examples of role models from the past and present, and ask themselves, ‘how can I make a difference?'” the guide says. “These conversations [about slavery] should lead into discussions about current injustices—particularly those that continue to disenfranchise and oppress the descendants of enslaved people—and possibilities for activism and reform.”
There is some pushback from parents and teachers, however.
The Washington Free Beacon continues:
Not every Loudoun County educator is on board with the administration’s direction. A longtime elementary school teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said that the school system had always taught students about the reality of slavery—lessons that typically begin in the fourth grade. She said the administrative focus to push racial politics on students who do not yet know how to read is motivated by politics, rather than education.
“I teach lower grades in elementary school.… [Never before] did I have to teach about slavery,” the teacher said. “Our standards were always [to] teach about famous Americans, George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., people like that. But, it was all very general and the bigger picture, we highlighted their accomplishments.”
The new Teaching Tolerance kindergarten curriculum requires teachers to explain social justice theories to five-year-olds. The Loudoun County elementary school teacher believes this curriculum will prove divisive for children who lack the maturity to deal with the subject.
“What they’re really trying to do is divide people as early as they can, starting now with kindergarteners. They’re really going to be inciting hate,” the teacher said. “They’re pointing out that there’s ‘whiteness’ and ‘blackness’ and that’s crazy. We never taught about that in school…. We learn about how to get along with one another and be kind and respect others. But now, with this new curriculum that they’re adding, it’s going to do the total opposite.”
I used to do a thing on Twitter where I would tweet stories about the horrors of K-12 education with a tag line that consisted of randomly hit numbers and the same refrain: “Reason 915,587 to home school.” I think this move by Virginia easily moves the number up to seven figures.
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I would hope that the instruction would include art – what combination of water paints / crayola crayons would produce the same blackface effect that the Governor achieved in his racist depictions of slaves in med school.
It is a tad hard to comprehend why he knee jerk opposition here to teaching kids the history of slavery in this country … It is not as though it is a fantasy tale. That said, having regularly read comments on this site, it is not difficult to understand that oppo!
I’m all for teaching them about slavery as long as part of that curriculum includes teaching that BLACK PEOPLE IN AFRICA SOLD OTHER BLACK PEOPLE IN AFRICA TO WHITE PEOPLE FROM MANY PLACES, NOT JUST NORTH AMERICA. Also that democrats started the KKK, were responsible for Jim Crow laws, segregation, and black family disintegration in the inner cities of the east coast…and still are.
Should I hold my breath?
More and more in my town are fed up with school costs and low proformance. Time to cut costs and start privitizung and starting more charter schools.
“Children who don’t learn about how much America sucks by the time they are seven tend to be resistant to the idea that America sucks.”
I certainly don’t see sufficient evidence of this premise.
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