As a new school year has begun and students return to their studies, so too have parents rejoined their struggle against the indoctrination of America’s youth by acolytes of wokeness posing as instructors in government-run schools.
The latest example that has left locals feeling “frustrated as hell” originated from an English teacher in Southington High School in Connecticut. WFSB obtained a copy of a worksheet provided to students on the first day of school that packed in all the favored language of progressive activism including “institutional racism,” “white privilege,” “social justice,” “transgender” and “Latinx.”
The outlet posted one of the three pages from the worksheet to social media and noted, “A Southington teacher is being questioned about a worksheet that has parents and students upset.”
— WFSB Channel 3 (@WFSBnews) September 10, 2022
Included as part of the worksheet were precepts of critical race theory such as, “Racism is a systemic issue. If you look the other way or deny that these systems exist, you are part of the problem. You can know in your heart that you don’t hate anyone but still contribute to their oppression.”
According to Patch, after one of the students reported their unease to a school counselor, it wasn’t long before parents became aware and took their complaints to the school board meeting.
Board Vice Chairperson Joseph Baczewski, one of six Republicans on the nine-person Board of Education, reacted to the worksheet in part by saying, “It’s troubling to me. I read the worksheet. Do I agree with it? Absolutely not.”
“To hear about the white privilege thing again? I’m tired of it,” he went on. “For this to be the talk? Out of all the crap that’s going on and this is it? It’s frustrating as hell.”
Some parents, like Jenny Cinquemani, did not feel so enraged but did challenge the merits of such instruction. “To be honest, I’m not even angry. I am sure that the teacher who put this together did not mean to be hurtful. But it is divisive,” Patch reported her saying.
“We are a Puerto Rican family and we have family members, some that are darker, some that are lighter,” she said when speaking to WFSB.
“Some of the social disparities that do exist, whether people want to acknowledge them or not, they are real. Jim Crow laws are not so far removed from our history. There are people still alive in this country who experience that. So I think it is important to set some rules about how you engage in the classroom when you are touching on these difficult subjects,” she continued. “There are ways to approach these difficult conversations and this was definitely not it.”
However, other parents were not so understanding as one Michael Kryzanski stated, “I’m paying taxes, so my kids can learn how to read, write and communicate properly. I’m not paying taxes for them to learn stuff in this document.”
“Social justice?” he asked according to Patch. “Why is it even in this document? What does it even mean, aside from it being a term politicians use to buy votes.”
“Pretty much every term I’m reading in this document disgusts me,” the concerned father went on. “This is critical race theory, which is not supposed to be taught in Southington Public Schools.”
Likewise, Pat Tavalozzi asserted that the English teacher was an example of “young rogue teachers coming from indoctrinated colleges who want to indoctrinate our children with their philosophies and political views.”
“We need to police the teachers bringing these ideologies that are just completely off the wall,” she argued.
Parents weren’t alone in taking umbrage with the lesson material as student Ella Perillo told Patch, “If my friend is a person of color, I will treat them the same way as everyone is treated, and I expect the same thing in return. This is what will cause a divide. There is no white privilege.”
Meanwhile, social justice warriors on Twitter defended the worksheet with the typical woke arguments that led to the pernicious appearance of CRT and other indoctrination materials throughout government schools.
Only a white person who doesn’t want their kid to understand black suffrage would complain. Critical theory is just white parents does not want little Johnny to know how grandma and grandpa used to go spit and throw rocks at little kids trying to go school And their savagery.
— ronnycouseillant (@roncouseillant) September 12, 2022
This is a guideline to foster healthy discussion about the topics you mentioned. In today’s politically charged environment the teacher is trying to head off any potentially inflammatory situations.
— Craig (@surfspies) September 13, 2022
The people who are complaining about educating our youth regarding Social Justice are afraid of losing their straight, white, male privilege.
— Kate mcfadden (@kmcfadden_kate) September 10, 2022
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