Government education took another step down the path toward indoctrination recently in an announcement from Maryland’s largest school district that their fourth and fifth-grade curriculum would now include “Social Justice Standards to promote antiracist…education.”
The Montgomery County Board of Education announced July 5 that they would be amending their core curriculum to meet Maryland State Department of Education standards thanks, in part, to the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Set to take effect during the 2023-2024 school year, the curriculum belies any claims from corporate media that radical Marxist-inspired ideologies are not being promoted in elementary school classrooms.
Along with “Environmental literacy standards” the updated social studies curriculum included “The Social Justice Standards, developed by Learning for Justice to promote antiracist, antibias education.”
Learning for Justice, formerly Teaching Tolerance, was founded by the SPLC in 1991 and espouses a shared mission “to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people.”
In response to what she views as indoctrination, a mother of a fifth grader in the district expressed her opposition to these teachings to The Washington Free Beacon. Having been raised in Poland under the Soviet Union, she expressed her firsthand experience growing up in a communist nation and said these teaching are “robbing children of their childhood.”
“I am not against social justice at all. I am not against equality, but I feel like this has to be an organic conversation between a parent and a child,” she added anonymously as she feared losing her job. “Adults are pushing their agenda on children. I just don’t think this is the right thing to do. It’s so disheartening and upsetting.”
Her statements are reminiscent of New Hampshire Republican congressional candidate Lily Tang Williams who was raised in China during Mao Zedong’s cultural revolution and expressed how American government schools are now using tactics akin to Mao’s to “brainwash the children…to control [the] country’s future.”
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“I fear the country I love is becoming the country I left,” Tang Williams said, and considering the curriculum devised by Learning for Justice, she isn’t far off.
Examples of lessons composed by the activist group for grades 3-5 include: “White Anti-Racist Biographies: Early Grades” geared specifically for “young white students;” “United We Stand” where students study Saul Alinsky propagandist César Chávez; “Discovering My Identity” where students “describe aspects of their identities such as race, gender, ability, religion and more;” and “What’s So Bad About ‘That’s So Gay’?” where students “examine how inappropriate language can hurt.”
As these lessons are being promoted, the Free Beacon reported that Montgomery County’s “most recent report card reveals elementary school students did not meet district-mandated academic achievement goals. Report cards also have not been published since the pandemic.”
Harold Maldonado, a father of a fourth grader now considering homeschooling, told the online news outlet, “We as parents need to wake up and see the writing on the wall because our kids are being taught inappropriate things. I want my kid to learn about math and history, and for her to improve her reading, and this is not what education is about.”
Of note, while corporate media has remained adamant that critical theory and its associated variants, like gender theory and critical race theory, are not being taught in schools, Learning for Justice counts among its partners NBC Learn which is described as “the education arm of NBC News…dedicated to making historic resources and documents available to schools and families.”
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