Kristi Noem, the Republican governor of South Dakota, said that she has signed a pledge this week that will bring back “patriotic education” as liberals push critical race theory, which is racist by the very definition of racism, into school curriculums in many states. Republican politicians have condemned the racist curriculum for propagating division and hate and teaching anti-American values to school students.
Earlier this week Noem took to social media to point out that she is the first candidate in the nation to sign a pledge called “The 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools.”
“Teaching our children & grandchildren to hate their own country & pitting them against one another on the basis of race or sex is shameful & must be stopped. I’m proud to be the 1st candidate in America to sign ‘The 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools”
(1/2) Teaching our children & grandchildren to hate their own country & pitting them against one another on the basis of race or sex is shameful & must be stopped. I'm proud to be the 1st candidate in America to sign 'The 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools.'
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) May 3, 2021
The pledge that Noem signed promises to restore “honest, patriotic education that cultivates in our children a profound love for our country,” and teach “that all children are created equal, have equal moral value under God, our Constitution, and the law.” It also will “Prohibit any curriculum that pits students against one another on the basis of race or sex” and “Prevent schools from politicizing education.”
“(2/2) In partnership with @1776ActionOrg, @RealBenCarson is helping to stop this woke, anti-American indoctrination at the state and local level & this pledge is a vital tool for clarity & accountability. We write together about it here:”
(2/2) In partnership with @1776ActionOrg, @RealBenCarson is helping to stop this woke, anti-American indoctrination at the state and local level & this pledge is a vital tool for clarity & accountability. We write together about it here: https://t.co/75PZpJ8tbf
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) May 3, 2021
On Monday, Noem shared writing an opinion piece for Fox News with former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson deeming critical race theory a “radical concept” and that the curriculum “pits them against one another on the basis of race and gender under the guise of achieving ‘equity.’”
1776 Action was created to fight back against things like critical race theory to push for education that is based on former President Donald Trump’s 1776 commission the purpose of which was to reintroduce the teaching of America’s Founding documents.
You do great damage to your country when you teach dark lies about it to young children. America has enough real warts in its history without making things up based on emotional racial beliefs that have no basis in fact.
Republicans all across America are working to prevent critical race theory from poisoning the minds of school children. They are expressing their concerns over the Biden administration pushing more funding for education programs created to include the falsehoods of the New York Times’ 1619 Project into US History and Civics classrooms because the Woke Supremacy wants to steer neutral education programs “away from their intended purposes toward a politicized and divisive agenda.”
On Thursday, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) led a group of thirty-seven Republicans in writing a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona going on record urging him to get rid of the 1619 Project from federal grant programs pointing out that it slants American history to cause confusion and political divisiveness. But that kind of divisiveness and chaos is exactly what Marxists do in order to break down the norms of society so they could rebuild them in their own utopian image.
“Americans do not need or want their tax dollars diverted from promoting the principles that unite our nation toward promoting radical ideologies meant to divide us. This trend is already sweeping through K-12 schools nationwide in absurd ways. In February, the Oregon Department of Education advertised an “anti-racist math” workshop run by an organization which teaches that “white supremacy culture shows up in math classrooms” when “the focus is only on getting the ‘right’ answer and “when students are required to ‘show their work’ in only one way.”
“Our nation’s youth do not need activist indoctrination that fixates solely on past flaws and splits our nation into divided camps. Taxpayer-supported programs should emphasize the shared civic virtues that bring us together, not push radical agendas that tear us apart,” McConnell and the other Republicans wrote in the letter.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the flawed 1619 Project, responded to the Republican criticism of the project during an interview on Monday on MSNBC, saying that the 1619 curriculum being added what teachers will teach to their students is a matter of free speech.
So teaching flawed racist anti-American garbage to young children is a “free speech” thing? I wonder if the KKK, the terrorist wing of the Democratic Party, ever thought about using public schools to spread their own hate?
“This isn’t a project about trying to teach children that our country is evil, but it is a project trying to teach children the truth about what our country was based upon, and it’s only in really confronting that truth—slavery was foundational to the United States,” and one-hundred years of legalized discrimination, Hannah-Jones said. “Mitch McConnell and others like him want for our children to get a propagandistic nationalistic understanding of history that is not about facts, but it is about how they would want to pretend that our country is.”
Let me get this straight. Hannah-Jones’ answer to “100 years of legalized discrimination,” that we as a country fought very hard to end, and did end it, is to legalize discrimination again? That’s called get-evenism.
1619 Project creator @nhannahjones on efforts to ban making it part of school curriculums: “This is fundamentally a free speech issue … It’s not about the facts of history. It’s about trying to prohibit the teaching of ideas that they don’t like." pic.twitter.com/GcP5GpY2eX
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 3, 2021
Actually, it is about teaching students that America is evil. We already teach kids about slavery, Jim Crow, black codes, pig laws, segregation, and other horrible things, warts and all, from our history, and even though public schools never mention it was the Democratic Party that committed all those offenses, the point is there is nothing hateful about teaching those parts of our history because it is factual. But there is an evil element to critical race theory which teaches among other abominations that white people are born racist. The proponents of critical race theory need to be reminded that the definition of racism is “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group.” [emphasis added]
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