The New Orthodoxy of Public Schools
A three-pronged revolution in public education threatens to remake society as we know it.
Readers are probably familiar with the grim state of American higher education. United States spend more per student than most of his peers, but comparative studies of the academic skills of the Pew Foundation and others systematically classify us in the middle or lower rungs. Literacy rate are lower today than 1840, well before the imposition of compulsory public education. College campuses have become educational citadels of woke-ism. What is less understood is how these same forces have invaded public elementary and secondary schools across the country.
From Loudoun County to Cupertino, the K-12 public education system is subverting our common well-being. A wide range of public and private forces – legislatures, teachers’ unions, school boards, curriculum providers and paid interest groups – work in unison to advance a worldview hostile to traditional American values. . The evidence for this is legion and is revealed in three interconnected threats: sex and gender theory, critical race theory, and surrogate parenting.
Sex and gender theory comes in many forms, but centers around the separation of biology from personal identity. This post begins in kindergarten, where children are sometimes exposed to cartoon teaching books like Who are you ? : A child’s guide to gender identity. Teachers tell impressionable children, “Babies can’t talk, so adults make a guess.” [about their gender] looking at their bodies.
This is followed up in later classes with books like my princess boy and Jacob’s new dress, and graphical tools like “The unicorn of genres”To cement the illusion that chromosomes and body parts are irrelevant. At the same time, state legislatures adopt non-discrimination laws allowing pupils to access the toilets and changing rooms of the school according to their gender identity. The teachers are order using students’ preferred gender pronouns or dismissal, reinforcing the lie that biology is irrelevant.
But an equally dangerous goal of sex and gender theory is to sexualize children. What was once known simply as “sex education” has turned into “comnipresent sexuality education. “Educational tools like”it’s perfectly normal”, A book for ten-year-olds, contains realistic depictions of the sexual and genital acts of fully exposed children.
Today, schools don’t just promote children’s sexuality, they also facilitate off-campus sex-related medical services for their minor charges. Under california Assembly Bill 1184, recently enacted by Governor Newsom, the first time parents are informed that their child has received such “sensitive services” could be when the bill appears in the mail.
Then there’s the Critical Race Theory, the now ubiquitous subject that galvanized Virginia’s “domestic terrorists” (parents) and kept Terry McAuliffe from entering the Governor’s mansion. Why the uproar? As Virginia’s parents discovered, CRT is a thinly veiled form of cultural Marxism.
As first reported by Christophe Rufo, in Cupertino, schoolchildren with fair skin are taught to “deconstruct their racial identity, then to classify themselves according to their power and their privileges”. Similar exercises are happening all over the country. Under CRT, representative democracy and capitalism are taught as tools of white patriarchy. Indeed, the tactics employed to advance the CRT’s worldview are reminiscent of the Soviet-era joke: “The future we know.” It’s the past that keeps changing. An example is the “Project 1619Which, although widely discredited, is put into service by public schools in an attempt to “reframe” the Declaration of Independence, the War of Independence and the Constitution as racist machinations of the oppressor class.
Finally, there is surrogate parenting, otherwise known as social and emotional learning (SEL). While parents may have resigned themselves to schools by taking action in loco parentis, SEL takes it to an extreme. Far from being concerned with cultivating traditional conceptions of character and virtue, the goal of SEL is to “alleviate the interrelated legacies of racial and class oppression in the United States and around the world.” It seeks to “critically examine the root causes of inequality” and to develop “justice-minded global citizens”. In pursuit of these goals, schools have assumed the authority to engage in arousal therapy sessions through topics such as “self-awareness”, “relationship skills” and “responsible decision-making”. .
As a defender of SEL Dena simmons In other words, “What good is teaching children conflict resolution skills if we don’t talk about conflicts that exist because of racism or white supremacy?” But SEL goes even further: it invades the recesses of a child’s inner life and records what is discovered there through intimate inquiries, family life assessments and classroom exercises designed to gain doctrinal assent. to the ever-changing demands of social justice.
What is behind it all? It’s not a secret. The goal of public education is to indoctrinate future generations into a new orthodoxy, a worldview replacing the beliefs that animated previous generations of Americans. Promoter of sex education SIECUS, for example, openly announces its goal: “Sex Ed for Social Change”. This new orthodoxy is religious in nature, with its own dogmas and practices. Metaphysical claims are supported by appeals to “ancestral” and even pagan roots. The Californian version of CRT (“ethnic studies“), encourages teachers to guide children in chants of Mayan and Aztec deities. Anything that resembles the biblical worldview upon which all Western culture has developed and advanced, as well as its derivative concepts: the family nuclear, liberal democracy, capitalism and equal protection under the law, is totally rejected, of course.
If politics is downstream from the culture and cultivation of people’s personal beliefs, then America’s public schools turning into ideological indoctrination camps are a flashing red signal. How long can our civilization survive such intellectual and moral nihilism is up for debate. But as Lincoln reportedly warned, “the philosophy of the classroom of one generation will be the philosophy of government of the next.”
In 1943, the Supreme Court was asked to decide whether public schools could force children to recite the pledge of allegiance. It was in the midst of World War II, a time of fervent patriotism. Nonetheless, writing for the majority, Judge Robert H. Jackson wrote: “If there is a fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is because no official, tall or small, can prescribe what must. to be orthodox in matters of politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion, or to force citizens to confess by word their faith in it. Perhaps it is time for public schools to remember that.
Mark R. Schneider is a California lawyer and founder of the nonprofit Protect our children, whose mission is to educate parents about the scope and dangers of the public school system.