Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Students Walk Out--School Dist. Marches On

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Loudoun County Public Schools is now requiring parents to sign a form comparable to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to even view a portion of the district's new curriculum which was inspired by critical race theory.

Students in Loudoun County School District staged a walkout yesterday in protest of recent sexual assault cases in their school perpetrated by a teenage so-called "transgender" boy who raped a 13-year-old girl.

The district school board who covered up the sexual assault had the girl's father arrested when he attempted to tell parents and the board at a public school board meeting what had happened to his daughter.

Although the school district and the board have become the profile of what's wrong with public education, they are marching on to the beat of a very destructive agenda.

Be informed, not misled.

Virginia holds an important place in American history as it was home to many of the founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, and Patrick Henry.

In fact, four of America's first five presidents were Virginians.

While many in Virginia continue to hold to our founding principles, the far left so-called "progressive" radicals have seized control of the Governor's office and some of the northern Virginia cities and counties.

Some of that could change next Tuesday when Virginia chooses a new governor.

Nowhere is progressive destruction more evident than in Loudoun County.

I wrote about the school district issue last week. If you haven't read it I encourage you to do so.

After declaring that parents who ask questions or disagree with the board and the school district about the critical race theory curriculum they are using---the school board compared the parents to "domestic terrorists" and requested official security from the federal government.

Now we learn that parents must sign an NDA-type agreement before they can review what is being taught to their children. 

As part of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) broader equity agenda, the district has spent about $7,700 to become a "licensed user" of "Second Step Programs," which is a branch of the leftist non-profit organization Committee for Children.

"Eligible parents" at LCPS must sign the document to view the Second Step curriculum.

Curriculum presentations can only be "given in person and parents cannot broadcast, download, photograph, or record in any manner whatsoever. Downloadable files of part of the curriculum are available on LCPS' website, per their copyright policy.

It says in part: "I understand that the Authorized Presentation of Second Step Materials I am about to view is not a public event, and that copying, broadcast or recording of any kind is not permitted...I agree to comply with the terms of the above Special License."

This before allowing a parent to see "part" of what is being taught to their child---at the parent's expense.

According to the district's agreement with Second Step, the curriculum is not subject to traditional Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA ) laws.

So, what is this mystery curriculum about?

Second Step is rooted in the core tenets of critical race theory and revolves around the concept of "social-emotional learning," which is critical race theory by another name.

Essentially Second Step materials are created to teach children to advocate for social justice.

It's also dedicated to "diversity, equity, and inclusion." Part of Second Step's curriculum addresses "anti-racism," a term coined by activist Ibram X. Kendi. It also creates a "common language" to create lasting systemic change.

The material says: "When we all use the same words--- for emotions, situations, and behavioral dynamics---it promotes empathy and understanding between students, teachers, staff, parents, and the community."

One of many concerns parents have in Loudoun County is that these materials emphasize the moral, ethical, and emotional development of students over their academic success.

Many parents believe moral, ethical, and emotional development must be left to parents, not the government.

Critical race theory and its offspring are destroying the heart and soul of this country. It is in many ways child abuse.

Second Step, unfortunately, has not only found a home in Virginia, but in schools across the country.

Second Step is being used in schools and districts big and small. For example, I noticed it is being used in Toppenish, Washington---and Los Angles.

Many of the school districts using this material are listed here

Schools in Washington State include Toppenish, Everett, Seattle, Tukwila, and Sumner. I'm sure there are others. You should check to see if your child or grandchild is being taught these materials.

Some students and teachers have begun to take a stand against this curriculum.

Students in Loudoun County staged a walkout yesterday.

A Utah music teacher recently resigned his position over being forced to teach Second Step's programming.

Teacher Sam Crowly said in his resignation that he could not "in good conscience" present material that "teaches students that their parents are 'roadblocks' to their goals; material which contains propaganda, and encourages students to become activists."

This is certainly something that every parent, grandparent, and concerned Christian should be aware of.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.