Parents, Educators and Activists Fight Back Against Radical School Curriculums: Trend

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by Sarah Imgrund

 

 

Parents, educators and activists are taking on left-leaning school curriculums in a variety of ways, from speaking out and filing lawsuits to crowdsourcing solutions and creating alternative educational resources.

In California, for example, a group called “Educators for Excellence in Ethnic Studies” has banded together to lobby for the removal of critical race theory from the state’s ethnic studies model curriculum.

The group is critical of the California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum draft, which “continues to be based on critical race theory.”

In an email to The College Fix, the group’s leader, Lori Meyers, said educators “are on the front lines of the effort to ensure that our students have enriching curricula and a safe secure learning environment.”

Another activism group that recently launched to counter what its members contend is an extreme and radical curriculum in schools is No Left Turn in Education. The group launched last fall and now includes chapters in 18 states.

Its members write letters to school leaders and share their concerns on social media, among other activities.

Elana Yaron Fishbein, the organization’s founder, told The College Fix in an interview that the “most dangerous arena is K through 12 education.”

“It’s like Lenin said, ‘Give me your kids for eight years so I can turn them into good Bolsheviks,’ and that’s what they’re doing,” she said of the left’s push into schools.

Not only are schools spending an enormous amount of time on “injecting poison” into their hearts and minds, but also huge sums of money, Fishbein said.

“They’re doing it on our money,” she stated. “This is our taxpayers’ money and they are using it to actually destroy us.”

Fishbein said that No Left Turn in Education seeks to inspire and support parents as they reclaim the primary role in their children’s education. No Left Turn in Education members share concerns, support one another, and provide resources for each other in their fight against K-12 “indoctrination.”

“What I would like to accomplish is to see all those parents, grandparents, concerned citizens, everybody getting up, waking up and voicing their objection and pushing back and getting involved for the future of their family, their children, their communities, and our nation,” Fishbein said.

In addition to activism, some groups are producing resources to allow parents to become their children’s main teachers instead of leaving it all to government-funded schools.

PragerU recently launched PREP or “PragerU Resources for Educators & Parents,” an online community aimed at helping parents and educators combat what it calls the “leftist propaganda” being taught in schools.

“For decades, our schools have taught that America is not a land of plenty but a nation of systemic oppression and inequality. Students learn half-truths or lies to make them feel ashamed of being American. We risk losing our youth to this leftist propaganda,” its website stated.

To counter that, PREP offers podcasts as well as online discussion forums where parents can “share ideas, experiences, best practices and crowdsource solutions to what many patriotic parents and educators are facing,” according to a news release from PragerU.

“Also included are specially-designed educational materials developed by PragerU. PREP will cultivate fellowship among thousands of parents and educators, catalyzing solutions to common challenges,” according to the group.

Focus on the Family, a well-known evangelical Christian nonprofit ministry, and its partner organization Family Policy Alliance, also recently published “Back to School—for Parents,” describing it as “a busy parent’s guide to what’s happening in your children’s classrooms and practical steps you can take to protect them.”

According to their press release, the free guide is “full of surprising facts and helpful resources,” designed “to help parents address issues students may face in the classroom (and beyond).”

And in some of the more extreme measures, some parents are taking schools to court.

Late last year, a Nevada mother sued her son’s charter school for forcing him to take a class that promotes hostility against whites as a race.

Around the same time, a Missouri family sued a Catholic girls school for its heavy-handed implementation of critical race theory.

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Sarah Imgrund is a contributor to The College Fix

 

 

 

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2 Thoughts to “Parents, Educators and Activists Fight Back Against Radical School Curriculums: Trend”

  1. Alberticus

    Are your cities set ablaze by Illiterate barbarians? THANK A TEACHER.
    DEFUND?! YES, It is time to DEFUND ……………….. Socialist propagandizing “teachers”
    SUE the schools, unions & teachers for FRAUD and taking money under false pretences.
    For decades failed students have been “passed through the system”
    We are getting a full on display of the Liberal Educator concept of “DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, and TOLERANCE” Burning cities are their vision of the future.
    For decades the Nation’s teachers have been infusing false concepts of entitlement, oppression, as we see in Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland today. Teachers have been attacking the self-image, self-esteem of their White pupils with the Racist Hate message of mythical “White privilege”. Teachers have rabidly attacked the foundations of the Nation to sooth their “Daddy issues”.
    MI. Gov. Gretchen Whitless has agreed to a settlement in a case, which sought a historic court order ruling students have a constitutional right to literacy. You do NOT have a “right” to literacy. That is S-T-U-P-I-D. You have to LEARN to read and write ….. you RETARDS.
    Well these teacher’s unions have been quietly stuffing their pockets with overly LIBERAL pensions and benefits at the expense of the oppressed People of Color. The Teachers were supposed to be guiding P.O.C. to economic stability and security. Instead they fed the P.O.C. garbage as Teachers stuffed THEIR pockets. Therefore in the spirit of Equality and Reparations which the teachers have LIBERALLY preached for so long it is only proper that 75% of those FAT union pensions be LIBERALLY distributed to the Elderly People of Color who were denied the opportunities the privileged teachers milked for all they could.
    The Teachers want SOCIALISM? SOCIALIZE their pensions & perks.
    The “Graduates” of American education should be suing their teachers and school administrators for fraud and MISeducation.
    As Charlotte Iserbyt claims in her book, ‘The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America’, our educational disaster is by design. ‘They’ do not want critical thinkers.
    They DEMAND raises for their FINE work:
    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/65-public-school-8th-graders-not-proficient-reading-67-not-proficient
    Amazing— they choose Communist RED as their color — A wave of red-clad teachers …
    The end result of their Great Teaching was on parade this weekend across America . ….. Monuments torn down and cities aflame as DOMESTIC TERRORISM is everywhere.
    They Really deserve raises — ‘I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn’t read or write’ http://www.bbc.com/news/stories-43700153 and the teachers just “moved him on”
    Teacher pay raises HELL! Give the Taxpayers a REFUND. The little idiots cannot read or write, and have NO concept of the Constitution, Law, History. ………..The Teacher Unions should be paying DAMAGES to the Kids and America —- A Third Of Millennials Aren’t Sure The Earth Is Round, Survey Finds http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/04/05/…-flat-earth-survey/
    take their HUGE pension funds and use it to actually educate the kids.
    The same “teachers” who taught nothing about economics taught nothing about history or the Constitution …. what they DO teach is “Be PROUD of being stupid and knowing squat …… history is BOOOORING” So the Kids learn nothing about the Bolshevik Holodomor and 66 Million dead Christians and now are bringing the HOLODOMOR here..
    Do any of these “really smart” teachers ever notice what happened to the “Educated Elite” in the Ukraine HOLOMODOR, Stalin’s Terror, China’s Cultural Revolution, Cambodian Killing Fields? Teachers were singled out THEY create the Commie revolutions and THEY are killed by it ….. poetic justice.

    1. 83ragtop50

      I was going to comment but you have said it so much better than I possibly could. What is the frosting on the cake for me is the enablers at our state legislative level. Instead of dealing with the underlying causes they simply throw more taxpayer dollars at a failed public education system then pat themselves on their collective back because they did it “for the children”.

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