Concerned parents and citizens had a victory this week when the Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, backed off from pushing for a 1619 requirement in Civics and History curriculums and standards. Hopefully, parents are prepared for the next battle at the state level, which will surely be “Gender Theory” to be introduced in Health curriculums and standards.
Key Point: Citizens need to stay vigilant attending local school boards and registering complaints through their state legislative bodies and their state House and Senate members, to stop the attempts of the Federal Government and out of control Non-Government Organizations to push unfavorable Federal standards in education like Critical Race Theory and other theories. But we have seen some victories.
Neither the 1619 Project, nor The National Sexuality Education Standards are a part of Common Core. However, if you take the view that Common Core is a framework to introduce a series of nationalized standards, then federal standards should be considered when examining the fundamental transformation of what our children learn at school.
No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Every Student Succeeds Act are all about nationalization of education, with standards set by the Federal Government, where the Federal Government has access to massive funds and the latitude to spend the funds where they want.
And because the Federal Government is out of control, so is everything they do.
Following pressure from America First Legal, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced last week that the Department of Education (DOE) will withdraw its requirement that DOE grant recipients implement the 1619 project (Critical Race Theory) into their curriculum.
AFL Vice President and General Counsel Gene Hamilton released the following statement:
“While we are pleased that the Department of Education backed off of its initial proposal–thanks to the responses of organizations like AFL and tens of thousands of parents across the country–we will not waiver in our commitment to stop the federal government from using its power to thrust the toxic, Marxist ideology known as Critical Race Theory, on Americans, especially our children,” Hamilton said. “CRT is not just some flawed ideology that descended from the ivory towers of academia to reside innocuously and peacefully in the ideological discourse in the United States. Rather, it is an ends-driven plan to divide Americans forever on the basis of their race or ethnicity — a complete reversion from the teachings of civil rights leaders, like Martin Luther King Jr. AFL will proudly continue to fight against CRT, whether purveyed by the federal government, teacher unions, school administrators, or corporate executives, and defend equal rights for all Americans.”
SO KEEP UP PRESSURE OVER CRT- AND SEE WHAT IS COMING NEXT: GENDER THEORY IN HEALTH STANDARDS
First of all, with the Federalization of education, parents gave up much of the control of schools to the federal government, who are legally in their right to find teaching directives as they see fit.
And if they want to take direction from the World Health Organization, they will. Consider what the WHO has to say about Gender:
“Gender refers to the characteristics of women, men, girls, and boys that are socially constructed. This includes norms, behaviours, and roles associated with being a woman, man, girl, or boy and relationships with each other. As a social construct, gender varies from society to society and can change over time.
Gender is hierarchical and produces inequalities that intersect with other social and economic inequalities. Gender-based discrimination intersects with other discrimination factors, such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, age, geographic location, gender identity, and sexual orientation, among others. This is referred to as intersectionality. ”
“Gender theory-informed approaches recognize gender as inextricably linked with social construct – that the meanings attached to sex (and other) differences are socially created.”
How will it present itself in education? Through National Standards. Consider this article:
“Children as young as first grade would be taught about gender identity and gender stereotypes under draft public-school health standards released Wednesday by the Nebraska Department of Education.
The draft standards emphasize teaching children respect for people of all genders, gender expressions, and gender identities.
Kindergarteners would be taught about different kinds of family structures, including “cohabitating” and same-gender families.:
Fourth-graders would be taught the difference between sex assigned at birth and gender identity. Fifth-graders would be taught that gender expression and gender identity exist along a spectrum.
Sixth-graders would learn what sexual identity is and learn about a range of identities related to sexual orientation, among them heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, two-spirit, asexual, and pansexual.
They would learn the differences between cisgender, transgender, gender non-binary, gender expansive and gender identity.
Department officials say the 60-page draft Nebraska Health Education Standards was written by a team of educators, including school administrators and elementary, middle, and high school teachers in the fields of physical education, health and family-and-consumer science.
IF THESE STANDARDS FEEL FOREIGN- IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE
How can parents get rid of National Standards they do not like? First, they need to have their state legislators write bills to get their power back. Second, they need to support their state legislators who are writing the bills by respectfully attending school board meetings and other public meetings where they can log in public comments of disagreement, so their legislators can point to those comments when they are in education committees and debates.
They should write into their local newspapers, call into local radio programs and organize local groups of other concerned citizens and work alongside state legislators who are on their side.
That is how our system works. People gave the power of local control over school boards away, and now we have to get that power back.
Going down a Rabbit Hole:
How the process worked on pushing back against CRT
Public Comments were cited in the reason to back away from 1619:
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Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776