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The best way to fight wokeness: Take your children out of American schools

By Patrick follow Patrick   2021 Jun 9, 5:36pm 7,704 views  390 comments           share      

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/the-single-best-thing-americans-can-do-to-retake-america_3849598.html?utm_source=patrick.net&utm_medium=patrick.net&utm_campaign=patrick.net

The most frequent question people pose to me is: What can I/we do to fight back against the nihilistic anti-American destruction of virtually all the country’s major institutions?

There is an answer.

The single best thing Americans can do to counter the left-wing attack on America—against its freedoms, its schools, its families, its children, its governmental institutions, its sports, its news and entertainment media, its medical establishment, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department, and the military—is to take their children out of America’s schools.

Other than in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the vast majority of America’s elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities teach your child or grandchild almost nothing important; prematurely sexualize them, thereby robbing them of their innocence; and harm them intellectually and morally. They rarely teach them, for example, art or music because they are too busy teaching them race-centered hatred of whites, of America, and of America’s values.

Sending your children to most American schools is playing Russian roulette with their values—but unlike the gun in Russian roulette, which has a bullet in only one of its six chambers, the schools’ guns hold four or five bullets.

In many elementary schools, your child is taught that gender is chosen and that there is no difference between boys and girls (in a growing number of schools, the teachers are told not to call their students “boys and girls”); they are taught about masturbation; and many children from first grade on attend “Drag Queen Story Hour,” wherein an obvious man wearing women’s clothing, garish makeup, and a wig entertains them.

Given that all this is well-known, why do any non-left—meaning, liberal or conservative—parents send their children to American schools?

One reason is they are in denial. Many parents don’t want to know what their children are being taught and the consequent damage done to them. They don’t really believe schools will ruin their children, let alone their children’s relationship with them.

These parents should speak to any of the millions—yes, millions—of Americans whose children have contempt for America, for free speech, and for their parents as a result of attending an American college or even high school. I meet such people at every speech I give, and I speak to them regularly on my radio show. Ask these parents, if they could redo their lives, whether they would keep their child in school.

A second reason is they feel they have no choice. If they remove their child from the local public or private school (most private schools are just as committed to anti-American indoctrination over education as public schools), what will they do with their child? They often can’t find a local school that doesn’t harm their child. They can’t necessarily even rely on Christian or Jewish schools. Most of them are as “woke” as most secular schools. And if they do find a school that teaches rather than poisons, they may not be able to afford the tuition.

The only other option, then, is to homeschool one’s child. The problem is that many parents assume this is essentially impossible. For one thing, they assume that one of the parents would have to leave his or her work, which would mean a serious reduction in the family’s income. In addition, homeschooling strikes most people as simply too daunting a task, even if they could afford to take it on.

Neither fear is entirely justified. It’s true that, at least at the outset, a working parent may have to cut back from full-time work, and it’s true that no matter what the family’s financial condition, there are challenges to taking one’s children out of school and homeschooling them.

But given the low intellectual state of most American schools, the damage they do to young children’s innocence, and the anti-American, anti-white, anti-Western indoctrination in most schools, if you are a parent of school-age children, what is your choice?

Other than a) finding a good school that b) you can afford, you have no other choice. You are fooling yourself if you think the odds are that after attending American schools from kindergarten through college (not to mention through graduate school), your child will turn out well-educated, intellectually alive, rational, kind, happy, well-adjusted, grateful to be American, and respectful of you and your values.

While there are some wonderful young Americans who recently attended American schools, and there are some lost souls who were homeschooled, American schools are largely producing the following:

Poorly educated students. Ask your college son or daughter to diagram a sentence; identify Joseph Stalin, “The Gulag Archipelago,” or the Soviet Union; name the branches of the American government; identify—or just spell—Beethoven; date the Civil War; identify the Holocaust; and name which sentence is correct—“He gave the book to my friend and me” or “He gave the book to my friend and I.”

Angry young people. Why wouldn’t they be? First, they graduate college with a huge load of debt, having received almost nothing useful for their money. Second, if they are anything other than a white heterosexual Christian male, they have been taught to regard themselves as victims of oppression. Third, their future is so bleak they may not even have one: They are threatened with extinction by climate change.

The single best thing Americans can do to fight the left-wing destruction of the country is to withdraw from the “educational” system that is actively and deliberately miseducating them by the tens of millions. If millions of American parents did so, the country would turn around as fast as you could say “teachers unions.” If they don’t, their children will continue being used as guinea pigs in the left’s sick and dystopian experiment.


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2   joshuatrio   2021 Jun 16, 6:23am  

Thanks Patrick. We pulled out kids outta the California school system when we lived back on CA, due to them eliminating the religious exemption for vaccines for kids to go to school. We're selective vaxxers, but we hate the idea of the govt telling you how to live. This was back in 2014/2015.

Since we moved south, our kids have been in private schools. This year, we are trying world schooling - where we travel for the year and do some online stuff.

American schools have become a joke.
3   Zak   2021 Jun 16, 3:13pm  

This is a HUGE problem. Since there are no school vouchers, not only do you have to pay for a service that should be provided, you are denied all the tax money you paid in.
5   Eric Holder   2021 Jun 16, 5:10pm  

Charles Cole, author of In Russian Wonderland: An American's Odyssey in Soviet Russia, contacted me. His memoir recounts his time in 1972 as a Russian-speaking American "guide"

Also illuminating is the story that Cole recounts of when he and his fellow guides went to dinner. They were approached by English-speaking black men from Africa. Cole asked if their country sent a lot of exchange students to Moscow.

'Oh, yes,' replied one, 'we send all of them here to the Soviet Union.' He explained why: 'We used to send quite a few of our students to Princeton, Columbia, and Berkeley, but they all came back Marxists. Now we send them here, and after three or four years in the USSR, they all return dedicated anti-communists.'
6   Shaman   2021 Jun 16, 6:24pm  

MisdemeanorRebellionNoCoupForYou says


Every one of those things he banned is not only anti-America, but mentally deranged and a threat to civilization itself. Am I worried he’s gone authoritarian? Well, I’m sure he’s also upheld the law regarding theft and murder, and we aren’t complaining about that. These are along the same lines... restricting the Leftist sappers from tunneling under our institutions of civilization to blow them sky high with Marxist propaganda.
That’s the kind of authoritay every governor should have!
7   Shaman   2021 Jun 16, 6:27pm  

On subject: living in California and my two youngest have been in private Christian school this year. We live in a district with excellent rated public schools, but they went apeshit nutso this year and stopped doing education for a farcical mimery they called “online school.”
We had the means some we opted out. Cost a pretty penny but worth it. The kids even learned some good values, memorized some Bible verses, learned some manners... overall it was probably a big win in the long term!
8   AmericanKulak   2021 Jun 16, 6:53pm  

Shaman says
That’s the kind of authoritay every governor should have!


The "Libertarian-In-Chief" is an officer in the Oklahoma Libertarian Party, and get this - a member of the Von Mises Caucus.
9   FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden   2021 Jun 16, 7:27pm  

Took our daughter out too, going to Christian school. I looked at curriculum, no gay or woke shit. Education is ok, more focus on being a good Christian, but it’s all right.
10   HunterTits   2021 Jun 17, 12:37pm  

Zak says
This is a HUGE problem. Since there are no school vouchers, not only do you have to pay for a service that should be provided, you are denied all the tax money you paid in.


yep.
11   porkchopexpress   2021 Jun 18, 3:49pm  

I've just educated my sons to think logically or critically since they could talk. They've been able to withstand the woke BS with ease and break things down with logic versus emotion. I wish I had the money to send them to private school, but it has worked out good.
12   FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden   2021 Jun 18, 7:36pm  

porkchopexpress says
I've just educated my sons to think logically or critically since they could talk. They've been able to withstand the woke BS with ease and break things down with logic versus emotion. I wish I had the money to send them to private school, but it has worked out good.


Those activists aren’t stupid, they know how to get kids. Just saying be careful. I’ve seen their tactics, they know how to appeal to kids emotions to fuck them up.
13   porkchopexpress   2021 Jun 19, 9:06am  

Fortwaynemobile says
Those activists aren’t stupid, they know how to get kids. Just saying be careful. I’ve seen their tactics, they know how to appeal to kids emotions to fuck them up.
I agree. That's why it's so important for parents to regularly engage in meaningful conversation with their children and talk about issues and current events.
14   HeadSet   2021 Jun 19, 10:03am  

Fortwaynemobile says
Those activists aren’t stupid, they know how to get kids. Just saying be careful. I’ve seen their tactics, they know how to appeal to kids emotions to fuck them up.

Yep, and I have seen where right leaning parents turn woke acting when the kid comes home from college. Those parents do not want to be alienated from the kids.
15   Onvacation   2021 Jun 19, 10:30am  

HeadSet says
Those parents do not want to be alienated from the kids.

Fuck those little commies! If you did that bad of a job raising your kids it's never too late for tough love. Change the locks on the basement!
16   Patrick   2021 Jun 20, 9:36am  

http://adamcadre.ac/calendar/202105m.html

This month’s minutiae article has a theme: life as a public school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2021. ...

Ellie reports overhearing some high school girls at the bus stop talking about The Great Gatsby:
Q: “Do you know what’s going on in this book?”
A: “Not really. The one thing I know is that the main character goes by he/him pronouns” ...

Meanwhile, here’s what it’s like in the teacher email threads.  This is a verbatim, non-ironic quote:
“I didn’t really hear you at first, steeped as I am in a culture of assumed patriarchal white privilege, rank privilege, and inequitable hierarchy.”

The school where I’ve been teaching is notorious for its extremely lax attitude toward student discipline.  Back when we were still on campus full time, rarely did a week go by without the fire alarm interrupting classes.  This was usually due to someone smoking in a bathroom, but one time during my student teaching year it turned out that someone had tried to set one of the buildings on fire deliberately.  One of the vice principals came on the intercom a couple of days later to announce that the school was taking a zero-tolerance stance toward arson.  “We will impose the harshest possible penalty,” she declared: “Five days of on-campus suspension!”  My mentor teacher burst out laughing.  “That makes it official—​there is literally nothing you can do to get expelled from this school,” he mused.  But that sort of thing actually has less of an effect on the overall culture of the school than day-to-day issues like the lack of consequences for tardiness.  ...

I did a count of the number of books I was assigned in my last two years of high school English classes, and I came up with twenty-three.  I assigned three per year and had parents emailing me to thank me for the academic rigor of my class, as apparently a number of teachers weren’t assigning any books at all. ...

Another initiative headed for mandate status is a school policy that no assignment can receive a grade of less than 50%, even if it was never turned in, the idea being that if you blow off all your work for months on end and then decide, with two weeks in the semester, that you actually do want to pass the class, seeing that you have a zero is too discouraging.
18   Patrick   2021 Jun 28, 5:46pm  

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/arizona-house-passes-law-requiring-schools-share-stories-from-people-who-fled-communism_3877117.html?utm_source=patrick.net&utm_medium=patrick.net&utm_campaign=patrick.net


Arizona House Passes Bill Requiring Schools Share Stories From People Who Fled Communism

The Republican-majority Arizona House on June 25 approved a bill that could mandate that school teachers share stories from people who fled communism as part of the curriculum.

The requirement is part of House Bill 2898 (pdf), which includes changes in laws governing K–12 education in the state. The language was inserted by Republican state Rep. Judy Burges, and states that the measure will prepare students to be “civically responsible and knowledgeable adults.”

Public schools would be required to teach “a comparative discussion of political ideologies, such as communism and totalitarianism, the conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy essential to the founding principles of the United States” among other changes, the bill’s text states.

Arizona’s Department of Education must also develop new civics education standards for school districts and charter schools to include, such as on the original intent of America’s Founding Documents and principles of the United States, including the expectation that U.S. citizens will be responsible for preserving and defending “the blessings of liberty inherited from prior generations and secured by the United States Constitution.”

The education board would also have to develop a list of oral history resources that provide “patriotism based on first-person accounts of victims of other nations’ governing philosophies who can compare those philosophies with those of the United States.”

“The reality is [that] one of the greatest threats facing the globe today is communism and totalitarianism,” Republican state Rep. Jake Hoffman said, Capitol Media Services reported. “We have governments like the communist Chinese government, that their stated goal is to be the world’s sole and only superpower, and that they will achieve that goal through any means possible.”

The legislation now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

The measure advanced days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on education that pushes back against critical race theory, and also creates an education program that will require students to be taught about “the evils of communism.”

In short, high schools must provide “instruction on the evils of communism and totalitarian ideology,” DeSantis said, noting that there are Florida residents who have escaped totalitarian regimes and communist dictatorships, such as from Cuba and Vietnam, to live in America.

“We want all students to understand the difference,” he said. “Why would somebody flee across shark-infested waters … why would people leave these countries and risk their lives to be able to come here? It’s important that students understand that.”

DeSantis on June 22 also signed into law HB 5, which requires the Florida Department of Education to develop an integrated K–12 civic education curriculum that includes teaching students about citizens’ shared rights under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.


This is a good response to BLM/CRT division and hate.
20   WookieMan   2021 Jul 2, 10:59am  

Patrick says
https://notthebee.com/article/nations-largest-teacher-union-plans-to-demand-mandatory-covid-19-vaccinations-for-all-students-before-return-to-in-person-schooling

Yeah, I guess home schooling is an option. My kids will not take this until it's FDA approved and legit side effects are known, short and long term. They don't even get the flu shot. Basically, they can choose to take it as an adult, as that's about the normal time for a vaccine to be approve and shown to be effective (flu shot isn't). My job is to raise my children and not put them in harms way. I have no clue what this vaccine does. No one does.
21   HeadSet   2021 Jul 2, 2:12pm  

My daughters' college wants all students to have the jab or they will not be allowed back on campus. However, a student can avoid the jab requirement if the student can get a doctor's note claiming the jab is possibly harmful to that particular student. My daughter has an appointment with her doc, and I hope the doc grants the exemption. Otherwise, she likely will not go back.

It seems that any mandatory Covid jabs could get an exemption with a doctor's note. Maybe folks could try that strategy over home schooling.
22   WookieMan   2021 Jul 2, 2:21pm  

HeadSet says
My daughter has an appointment with her doc, and I hope the doc grants the exemption.

Bring cash. It will work. If it doesn't, you've met the only honest doc in the country.
23   Eric Holder   2021 Jul 2, 2:24pm  

WookieMan says
HeadSet says
My daughter has an appointment with her doc, and I hope the doc grants the exemption.

Bring cash. It will work. If it doesn't, you've met the only honest doc in the country.


Nah, just forge the fucking vaxx card if doc refuses to give the note.
24   WookieMan   2021 Jul 2, 2:37pm  

Eric Holder says
Nah, just forge the fucking vaxx card if doc refuses to give the note.

I agree. But if you can get a doc signature and forge it for a 2nd or more child you're as good as gold. I don't trust the FDA anyway, but I'm not taking something that our government body overseeing this shit won't approve.

I still personally think Trump fucked this whole thing up and I like him. He got blow back and became a politician. He should have said fuck it. The evidence early on was this was a flu bug. Minor at that. There's too much advanced medicine for something to come out of nowhere and wipe out 10% of the population anymore.

Oh the horror of 75+ year old half dead people dying. How about you lose your job and put a diaper on your face? That's what happened. How about kids not getting educated. This whole thing has been an unmitigated disaster for no reason.
25   Patrick   2021 Jul 2, 5:30pm  

WookieMan says
This whole thing has been an unmitigated disaster for no reason.


There was a reason.

Power and profit for Fauci, Gates, Bezos, etc.
26   Patrick   2021 Jul 6, 11:46am  

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/preschool-and-kindergarten-enrollment-drops-13-percent-nationally_3888714.html?utm_source=patrick.net&utm_medium=patrick.net&utm_campaign=patrick.net

Preschool and Kindergarten Enrollment Drops 13 Percent Nationally
BY TOM OZIMEK July 6, 2021

Public school enrollment in 2020–2021 fell by 3 percent nationally compared to a year earlier, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), with pre-K and kindergarten jointly seeing a sharp 13-percent drop.

The stark numbers represent the biggest year-over-year decline in enrollment since the start of the century, with the drop concentrated among the youngest learners, the NCES figures show.

Pre-K saw a 22-percent decrease, kindergarten enrollment fell by 9 percent, grades 1–8 experienced a 3-percent drop, while grades 9–12 saw enrollment rise by 0.4 percent. The figures are preliminary, with the final results expected next spring.

NCES Acting Commissioner Peggy Carr said in a statement cited by K-12 Dive that the figures are “preliminary but concerning,” adding that the enrollment drops were “widespread and affected almost every single state and every region of the country.”

The agency’s enrollment figures reinforce the view that the pandemic-related disruptions drove many families to switch to private schools or homeschooling.


And maybe parents don't want their children to be taught to hate people based on their race (the very definition of racism), nor to have their children taught to hate America.
27   AmericanKulak   2021 Jul 6, 11:51am  

The political left wants critical race theory in every school district in the nation.
The nation’s largest teachers union has approved a plan to promote critical race theory in all 50 states and 14,000 local school districts.

Over the weekend, the National Education Association (NEA) held its annual Representative Assembly, with delegates from across the United States voting on priorities and allocating funding for the upcoming school year, with the ideology of critical race theory — a form of race-based Marxism — taking center stage.

The union, which represents 3 million public school employees, approved funding for three separate items related to this issue: “increasing the implementation” of “critical race theory” in K-12 curricula, promoting critical race theory in local school districts, and attacking opponents of critical race theory, including parent organizations and conservative research centers.

This is a significant reversal. For the past month, liberal pundits and activists have insisted that critical race theory is not taught in K-12 schools. This was always a bad-faith claim — critical race theory has made inroads in public schools for more than a decade — but the NEA’s official endorsement is the final nail in the coffin.

In the resolution, the union agreed to publicly “convey its support” for critical race theory, oppose restrictions in state legislatures, and use schools for political activism. The delegates pledged to “join with Black Lives Matter at School and the Zinn Education Project” to hold a “national day of action” on George Floyd’s birthday, recruiting teachers to hold political demonstrations and “teach lessons about structural racism and oppression.”
https://nypost.com/2021/07/05/embracing-critical-theory-teachers-union-says-they-control-what-kids-learn/
28   Onvacation   2021 Jul 6, 11:55am  

WookieMan says

I still personally think Trump fucked this whole thing up

Not so sure. Trump was, is, a notorious germaphobe. Just as tens of millions of Americans were motivated by fear of an unknown pathogen Trump may have been duped as well.
29   Onvacation   2021 Jul 6, 11:58am  

WookieMan says
The evidence early on was this was a flu bug. Minor at that.

I believe, without evidence, that the governments of the world knew this was a manmade virus leaked from the lab. Maybe Trump knew the US was complicit and wanted to cover it up? Who knows?
30   WookieMan   2021 Jul 6, 12:13pm  

Onvacation says
WookieMan says
The evidence early on was this was a flu bug. Minor at that.

I believe, washout evidence, that the governments of the world knew this was a manmade virus leaked from the lab. Maybe Trump knew the US was complicit and wanted to cover it up? Who knows?

I've thought the same. Trump did say the same though and got shit on for it. He just lost control of the response because of guys/gals like Fauci and Birx.

I knew this summer was going to be normal for most of the country. We have mass gatherings now and we're all not dying. We were never going to die from it. This is probably the most verifiable hoax in world history. Covid exists as a virus, but it's simply not as deadly as portrayed.

Put this way, our POTUS at the time was overweight and damn near 80 and survived from Covid. I swear this was just a testable marker and existing conditions killed almost 100% of the people. Virus exists, doesn't do anything, but you can test for it. Someone dies, it's covid. Call it conspiracy, but all evidence points to it being that.
31   richwicks   2021 Jul 6, 12:23pm  

WookieMan says
Oh the horror of 75+ year old half dead people dying. How about you lose your job and put a diaper on your face? That's what happened. How about kids not getting educated.


https://www.khanacademy.org/

By having your kids out a public schoolroom for a year, you had the opportunity to educate them for a full year.

Get a bunch of families together and work off one another and divide up work. That work will entail what your kid needs to learn to pass whatever stupid tests are being given to your kid, and meanwhile, let your kid do a deep dive into real learning. I really enjoyed learning when I was a kid, but I sure didn't care for skool. When I got to college, I realized that both my history and English teachers hadn't taught me SHIT. I got to work going through collegiate level novels just to fix my vocabulary, and then went to work learning actual history, which, isn't actually taught anywhere.
32   AmericanKulak   2021 Jul 6, 12:23pm  

Learning Pods.

Imagine if people got just half of the per year pupil spending to use as a voucher.
33   AmericanKulak   2021 Jul 6, 1:17pm  

NEA removes their call for more CRT in schools from the website, just 3 days after passing the resolution at their annual conference.
https://archive.fo/DZFIt

Archived for posterity.

It's still in force, just hidden from the site.
34   Shaman   2021 Jul 6, 1:24pm  

Patrick says
And maybe parents don't want their children to be taught to hate people based on their race (the very definition of racism), nor to have their children taught to hate America.


This is just an anecdote, but when we switched my youngest daughter from public school to Christian private school last year, the diversity of the school went way UP. She had two black classmates instead of one, in addition to Asian, Indian, and Latin classmates in her new school. It ain’t all white folks who want more for their kids.
35   Patrick   2021 Jul 6, 5:58pm  

I think most Asian, Indian, and Latin parents know that rich white liberals are not acting in their children's best interest now, only in the interest of the CCP/Bezos/Waltons/Gates

I think most black parents understand this too, but some of them are taken in.
36   Shaman   2021 Jul 7, 4:00pm  

“We’re coming for your children.”
A line that repeats in this video from the gay San Francisco choir.
https://youtu.be/FsNUvzKpi7g
37   AmericanKulak   2021 Jul 7, 4:32pm  

"We're not coming for your kids, bigot. We just want to get married." - Gays, circa 2005.
38   Patrick   2021 Jul 10, 4:54pm  

https://notthebee.com/article/watch-matt-walsh-go-on-tucker-carlson-and-absolutely-drop-bombs-on-those-opposing-cameras-in-classrooms-as-a-tool-of-teacher-accountability

Matt Walsh
@MattWalshBlog
Jul 7
There should be a camera in every classroom and any parent should be able to access the footage whenever they want to find out exactly what teachers are doing and saying to their kids

Public school teachers are government employees put in charge of children. They should have zero privacy in that capacity. Full and complete and absolute transparency is the only way.

There should be a camera in every classroom and any parent should be able to access the footage whenever they want to find out exactly what teachers are doing and saying to their kids

There are people actually calling it "surveillance state" or "big brother" if parents are able to hear what government employees are saying to their kids. My Lord, some of you are stupid. Really, really stupid. How do you tie your shoes in the morning? Serious question.

Lots of people on the Left really really really do not want you to know what is happening in your child’s school.

That tells you everything you need to know.
39   Patrick   2021 Jul 10, 5:36pm  

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/mom-of-bullied-daughter-says-california-schools-taught-kids-to-be-ashamed-that-were-white_3893275.html?utm_source=patrick.net&utm_medium=patrick.net&utm_campaign=patrick.net


Mom of Bullied Daughter Speaks Out About California Schools’ ‘Indoctrination’
BY BRAD JONES July 9, 2021

Celeste Fiehler knows how destructive identity politics can be. She lives it every day in a house divided over race and politics. And she says California’s push to make “ethnic studies” a statewide requirement to graduate from high school is only going to make matters worse.

“My life is hell,” she told The Epoch Times.

Fiehler, 40, is married with four children in the public school system and one in college. She is one of several local parents in La Quinta, California, who have spoken out against critical race theory (CRT) being taught in California schools.

The local Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) will offer a new ethnic studies course in the fall, and Fiehler is worried it will include CRT and racial ideas pushed by the California Teachers Association that promote concepts like “divorcing the default of whiteness,” which she sees as racism towards white people.

“It’s disgusting. It’s full-on racist. It’s so sad,” Fiehler told The Epoch Times.

“More and more, we hear from parents across the political spectrum who are outraged about what they see as indoctrination and a radical philosophy that divides students by color, and fails to instill a love for our country,” she said.

CRT stems from Marxist ideology, which focuses on class struggle between the “bourgeois” and the “proletariat.” But CRT adds a controversial racial component by focusing on the struggle between white “oppressors” and “oppressed” other races.

The theory has gained support among many left-wing activist groups, academia, and government in recent years. But over the past few months, parents have increasingly spoken out against CRT teachings they claim are hidden under the guise of “ethnic studies” and other euphemisms. Several states have banned CRT in public schools and other government institutions.

In response, the largest teachers union in the U.S., the National Educators Association (NEA), recently approved a resolution stating that CRT is “reasonable and appropriate” to teach to K-12 students. The group plans to “publicize” CRT and has dedicated staff to “fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric.”

A few years ago, Fiehler says her then 12-year-old daughter was bullied at school in the Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD). Fiehler says she was beaten at least six times.

Bullies also allegedly followed her home from school and hurled racial slurs at her, sometimes in Spanish, such as “stupid white girl,” “white Dora” (since she had bangs like the television character Dora the Explorer), and “rat.”

Fiehler wondered if her daughter was targeted for the color of her skin when she heard the bullies’ verbal attacks. She said district officials assured her the bullying began as a squabble over “boys.” But then it escalated into name-calling, racial slurs, mean-spirited texts, social media attacks, and physical violence, she said.

And when the bullies found out her stepfather worked in law enforcement, they harassed her about that, too.

“They texted her to kill herself,” Fiehler said. “My daughter wanted to end it all.”

Fiehler says she went to district officials to put a stop to the bullying, but “the school did nothing,” despite a “zero tolerance” policy. She also claims she found out her daughter’s school counselor was the grandmother of the “head bully,” and the mother was a principal at one of the high schools.

Fiehler decided in 2019 the best option was to pull her daughter out of the school and send her to live with her father in Nevada.

“We are a blended family,” she said.

Her daughter, now 15, is back in California and will return to the same school district in the fall.

School District’s Response

Citing federal privacy laws, Mary Perry, DSUSD’s public information officer, told The Epoch Times via email that the district couldn’t respond to questions about individual students.

According to Perry, an unnamed “senior level administrator” responding to questions said that when anyone reports a concern over alleged bullying, a full investigation is to be conducted, and based on the findings, “appropriate actions” including “possible disciplinary action, peer mediation, restorative practices, and counseling” are to be taken. All students involved are to receive ongoing monitoring and support.

The administrator stated, “we are not aware of these allegations” in response to inquiries about the alleged bullying and attacks on Fiehler’s daughter.

However, Fiehler says she has video and other documentary evidence, she filed police reports, and that DSUSD Superintendent Scott Bailey and Assistant Superintendent Laura Fisher are aware of the situation.

The Epoch Times obtained video of Fiehler’s daughter being followed home from school. In another video clip, her daughter is seen in a grassy area with her hands in her pockets, backing away from another girl, who then pushes her, and they both fall to the ground struggling, while a crowd of students laugh and shout.

“She has her hands in her sweater. She backs up in all the videos. She’s saying, ‘I don’t want to fight you. I don’t want to fight you,’ and they just attack her,” Fiehler said.

DSUSD officials said they were also unaware Fiehler’s daughter was harassed about her stepfather’s job.

‘Something Was Wrong’
Last year, during the school closures at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiehler was helping another daughter in seventh grade at the same school with her online studies when a slide popped up on her screen asking if she was a Republican or a Democrat.

The next slide showed two photos: one of football players kneeling for the flag and national anthem and one of baseball players standing. Students were asked, “Which do you support?”

The questions were asked in a homeroom “zero period,” Fiehler said.

“That’s when I knew that something was wrong,” Fiehler said. “I needed to dig a little deeper into why these questions were being asked to seventh graders in a class that didn’t have anything to do with government.”

The senior level administrator did not respond to specific questions about whether it’s appropriate to ask seventh-grade students which political party they support, or whether they support standing for the national anthem or taking a knee.

The unnamed official stated that board policy allows “instruction related to controversial issues that may arouse strong reactions based on personal values and beliefs, political philosophy, culture, religion, or other influences,” but that such topics must be “relevant to the adopted course of study.”

The administrator denied that CRT is included in the elective ethnic studies course being offered in the fall.

Fiehler said she asked to see the curriculum for the course, but claims Assistant Superintendent Kelly May-Vollmar told her the program was still being developed so the district couldn’t share it with her.

According to Fiehler, May-Vollmar told her the curriculum covers five areas of study, including African American, Asian American, Native American, and Latino American studies, and the fifth area would be open for individual teachers to decide.

“The curriculum is under development and parent information nights will be hosted this summer at each high school for those interested in exploring the curriculum and providing feedback,” the statement read.

The California Department of Education approved the state’s 900-page ethnic studies model curriculum in March after four years, four drafts, and more than 100,000 public comments, according to the district.

Division in the Home

Fiehler blames the schools, the media, and “soft journalism” for allowing her children to be gradually brainwashed with leftist propaganda, even outside any ethnic studies program.

“It’s impacted my family because we can’t even have dinner together at the same table. I find myself having to be quiet about the news in my house,” she said. “In my house … we can’t play certain news channels. … My kids will huff and puff and say, ‘Why are you watching this?’ or act irritated at us.”

“My kids show an entitlement that comes from the school where ‘You’re supposed to take care of me, pay for everything, and I have zero responsibilities.’

“They’re being raised by the public school system,” she said. “We try to have conversations with them, and they get so upset that our views are different than theirs.”

On issues such as “law and order, the border situation, or CRT,” Fiehler said her children tell her she’s wrong.

“They think that there is systemic racism, and they as white students should divorce their whiteness … that they should be ashamed of who they are because it’s oppressing the other student next to them,” she said. “They’re ashamed that we’re white. They don’t say that, but they say how wrong the United States is because it was founded on racism.”

If she mentions President Abraham Lincoln, they will say he doesn’t have anything to do with what’s happening today and that the Constitution is old.

Christopher Columbus is another hot-button topic in her home. “They will say ‘Columbus came here, raped all the women and killed all the Indians,’” Fiehler said. But when she tries to explain that before Columbus showed up “this land wasn’t smoking peace pipes and unicorns everywhere” her children don’t want to hear about it.

They don’t want to hear about history, but only what’s trending on social media. she said. They tell her, ‘That’s too old. We’re talking about now—BLM.” Fiehler said her children have been indoctrinated to believe that rioting and looting are OK “because that’s reparations.”

“Now I’m called a bootlicker for defending a police officer,” she said.

However, Fiehler’s previously bullied daughter has become more of a “self-thinker,” she said.

“I believe it’s because she was removed from public school, and enrolled in a homeschool that was about ‘going back to basics,'” she said.

Fiehler said schools should abolish “group think” and instead teach students to think for themselves.

Students should be taught Lincoln was assassinated over his beliefs that slavery should be abolished, and how and why slaves were freed.

“If we’re going to teach history, we shouldn’t start at today and create our own,” she said. “We definitely can’t erase history because once you start erasing history, you start erasing yourself.”

The American education system should restore civics classes and place more emphasis on trade schools because not all students need, want, or can afford a university degree, she suggested. She would like to see the return of shop and home economics classes to teach students a broader range of basic and practical life skills.

Fiehler urged more parents to get more involved in their children’s education and not let them grow up to be “zombies” who stay don’t know how to do much besides staying “glued” to video games, electronic devices, and what’s trending on social media.

Pandora’s Box

Fiehler was so frustrated with the local school district that she ran for the school board in 2020, and although she was defeated, she said the experience was an eye-opener.

“I ran just as a parent. I didn’t know what I was going up against. I went up against the teachers’ union. During my campaign, I started realizing just how deep the teachers’ union is involved in politics,” she said. “They did anything they could to keep a parent off the school board. It opened Pandora’s Box for me.”

Since then, Fiehler and other parents have launched a grassroots “#Fight For Fall” campaign opposing and exposing as much as they can about leftist ideas and CRT in the school system.

“We’re trying to block all of this stuff,” she said.

Fiehler joined the Parent Union and is now the group’s Riverside County ambassador.

“We need … a parents’ voice for parents’ choice. And, and because we don’t have that we are being shut out by politicians the teachers’ unions.”

The Parent Union, founded by Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias, an elected trustee to the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), advocates for school choice and opposes CRT.

Fiehler tells her story to as many parents as she can and urges them to “wake up”’ for the sake of their children and families.

“I have indoctrinated kids. Maybe you don’t know it right now, or maybe you feel this isn’t happening in your home, or you’re seeing changes in your children,” she said. “But I speak to many families where the parents cry to me and say, ‘I never taught my kid to be like this.’”

Many parents have noticed a drastic shift in attitudes over the past few years, she said.

“It’s a different type of rebellion where they’re actually calling out the parents and saying you’re a racist for not believing in BLM or kneeling for the flag, or you’re racist for loving our country or being a patriot,” Fiehler said.

Fiehler said she is “fed up” with schools and teachers and urged more parents to take a stand.

“This is not just for white families, but white families especially don’t speak up on this stuff because they don’t feel they’re the right color,” Fiehler said.

“It doesn’t matter what color you are. You’re saving your own child and the ones that can’t speak. So I believe that these schools are creating little armies and using our schools or the public school system as a war zone,” she said.

If schools can’t deal effectively with bullying now, Fiehler said she wonders how are they going to handle even more racial division she believes CRT will cause in schools when students are separated into classes of “privileged” white oppressors and the non-white oppressed?

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