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Start with the School Board

Sheri Few Fall 2022
Opponents of Critical Race Theory protest outside of the Loudoun County School Board headquarters, in Ashburn, Virginia in 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein)

“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions.” – Karl Marx

Imagine your child comes home from school one day, sullen and quiet. You ask what is wrong, but he will not say anything. Or your child says he must watch a video for school as homework, but the teacher says it is not for parents. Or your child suddenly announces at dinner that the only reason you live in a nice house, drive nice cars, and have delicious food on your table is because you have white privilege, not because you worked hard to earn success.

Not very long ago, you might have thought these examples extreme and impossible. “Not at my kid’s school,” you’d say. But more and more parents across the country are reporting incidents like these and others. This is no longer a hypothetical. It is really happening, and it is highly likely to be happening in your neighborhood school.

In November, voters all over America will go to the polls to elect their government representatives. As always, a significant amount of money will be spent on political ads for U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, governor, and state legislature races. Down-ballot candidates for local school boards don’t typically spend a lot of money on campaigns and are often overlooked by voters who either won’t vote in these races, or they will choose a candidate unknown to them.

A new precedent must be set. Outcomes of local school board elections this November are critical to protecting America’s children and our country’s freedom. Whether or not you have children or even grandchildren in government schools, school board elections will be the most important vote you cast on November 8!

New School Curricula

Government schools are assigning books that are pornographic in nature, teaching anti-American propaganda and Marxist critical theories. Without the consent of their family, government school children are being groomed, counseled, and even medicated to transition into a gender contrary to their biological gender.

Even worse is a form of pedagogy known as Culturally Relevant Teaching. This is the umbrella to several critical theories: critical race theory, critical queer theory, critical feminist theory, critical gender theory, and critical religion theory. Teachers are being trained to embed Culturally Relevant Teaching into every subject at every grade level. This nefarious pedagogy separates groups of people and pits them against one another. White, heterosexual men of good socio-economic status who are also Protestant are viewed as oppressors while every other race and ethnicity, women, LGBTQ, and what is termed “minority religions” are considered oppressed. This divisive view of American culture is harmful to the future of our country and threatens American freedom.

The recently released documentary, “Truth & Lies in American Education,” is a two-year project of U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE.org) and is a journey into realizing what America’s children are being taught in government schools. The film features international journalist and author Alex Newman who points out that while there are a lot of important issues like abortion, the economy, and more, all these issues cut across education. He says, “If we lose on education, it doesn’t matter what else we win.”

This important and timely film covers how critical race theory and other Marxist critical theories are embedded in America’s government schools. It addresses the sexualization of children with heavy transgender influences, and inaccurate, anti-American history.

In the film, April, a young mother of two, embarks on an eye-opening exploration of the current state of America’s government schools and makes some alarming discoveries regarding agendas kept hidden from the eyes of both students and parents like her. Through a series of interviews with educational experts, she explores the following questions:

Are public schools forming a wedge between parents and children?

Are children being trained to become political activists for the political left?

What is the true aim of so-called comprehensive sexuality education?

How much transgender influence is there in government schools?

How is critical race theory indoctrinating American children?

Is there a federal education scheme to control the nation’s workforce?

April meets the authors of several books that guide her journey of discovery and give her a newfound mission – to educate parents of school-aged children about the indoctrination taking place in government schools.

Gender & Politics in the Schools

One expert April interviews in the film is attorney and president of Child and Parental Rights Campaign Vernadette Broyles, who says,

More and more, we are seeing school officials affirming and endorsing children in their gender dysphoria, in their assumed identities, purposely excluding the parents from the conversation. Teachers or school officials, who appear to be responding to a coordinated message because we’re seeing the same thing, almost the same verbiage and the same guidance, in different parts of the country that are separated by hundreds or even a thousand miles away: Massachusetts, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Ohio, different parts of the country. And the message is this: immediately affirm a child in school if they trans-identify and do not tell parents! Deliberately, do not inform parents!

Retired professor and education advocate Dr. Carol Swain is also featured in Truth & Lies in American Education, and she addresses inaccurate history, saying,

The New York Times, in the summer of 2019, launched the 1619 project that re-imagined America in the sense that it had a different birth date for our nation. Instead of 1776 and the Declaration of Independence, it listed 1619, the year when the first Africans came to America. The project argued that racism is in the DNA of America, that America was birthed in racism, that the Revolutionary War was fought to maintain slavery. And all of that was a false narrative and yet thousands of schools embraced that flawed curriculum that had been criticized by liberals, as well as conservatives.

Director of FreedomProject Academy and professor at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Duke Pesta is one of the all-star cast members in this timely film exposing the Marxist agenda of the critical theorists. In the film he explains,

Even left-wing college professors say, “This is not actual history, you made it up.” The response of critical race people? “Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. It’s emotionally true. My lived experience as a black woman, whose ancestors were slaves, that’s what’s important here. Our whole history is rotten. Tear it down!” We are not preparing children for anything but revolution! This is how all socialist revolutions happen, right? You get people so dishonestly angry about the culture they live in that they throw it all away without even thinking about what we do next.

Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn, an avowed communist, authored a textbook in 1980 that poisoned history in America’s school. Professor Mary Grabar is interviewed in the documentary about the book she wrote, Debunking Howard Zinn. Of his history textbook, she says:

It is clearly an anti-American book. The hatred of America in that book just oozes out of every page. And he did it with such moral fervor, as he pretended to uncover historical secrets, so as to disabuse any sophomore of a desire to read these historians or anyone other than Howard Zinn, champion of the oppressed. Most school administrators would deny using his book, you know, back in the ‘80s or the ‘90s, or even the early 2000s, because they recognize that it was pretty radical.

She explains that she was motivated to write her book because she hates communism, and she hates liars. “I get angered by these educators, these professors, who lie to indoctrinate students and to convert them to Marxism.”

The Department of Education

Most of the nefarious pedagogies being taught in government schools are pushed onto states by the U.S. Department of Education and other national influences. It is vital that concerned Americans are involved in the upcoming school board elections to ensure people are in office who are ready to take a stand for the children of America.

With only minor exceptions, the General Education Provisions Act, the Department of Education Organization Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, ban the U.S. Department of Education from directing, supervising, or controlling elementary and secondary school curriculum, programs of instruction and instructional materials. Despite these prohibitions, the Department of Education routinely uses federal money to bribe states to implement policies of great political significance intruding on power reserved for states. With the Common Core standards, it was Race-to-the-Top grants, and with COVID-19 relief funds, it is critical race theory.

Despite dramatic increases in federal intervention and funding in the public education system since the 1960s, educational achievement has not improved. The most widely used measure of school achievement are scores from National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which has shown no significant change since the 60s, and with the COVID school shutdowns, the latest NAEP scores have plummeted.

Efforts to improve educational outcomes for low-income children have also been expensive and unproductive. Even the federal college grant and loan programs have been ineffective for students. The evidence is inarguable – the federal government’s intervention in education has been a dismal failure.

The U.S. Department of Education has existed because it is about control and not about children. Control through federal dollars used to bribe and blackmail states to push a toxic agenda on states and American children. Although this experiment with federal control of local public schools has gone on for half a century, it has failed. We need to stop treating children like guinea pigs in some social engineering laboratory and start embracing children as human beings to be supported and inspired to achieve their own dreams and aspirations.

Start with the School Board

It starts at the school boards. School boards are the ones influencing what our children are learning in federally funded schools, therefore they need to be filled with people who represent those who have our children’s best interests at heart.

U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) seeks to return education to its proper local roots and restore parental authority over their children’s education by helping parents and local communities to escape federal and other national influences. Grassroots leaders from around the country are working through USPIE to 1) expose the lies being taught in government schools that harm children and threaten freedom, 2) encourage parents to take back responsibility to educate their children, 3) initiate and support efforts to return complete local control of government schools, and 4) encourage states to wean themselves off the federal education dole.

It is the vision of USPIE to create a culture where parents, empowered with the authority to choose what and how their children learn, are the undisputed primary educators of their children; where local schools operate in support of families, and where education is unencumbered by federal mandates. The best tool we have in our toolbox for achieving this vision is local school board elections. Do your homework and know which candidates for school board in your community will work to restore truth and dispel lies in your local schools. Protecting children and our country’s freedom is dependent upon itSheri Few is the founder and has served as president of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education since June 2000. She expanded into a national organization: U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) in 2014 and continues to serve as resident.