What the heck, Tennessee?! Are schools trying to educate or indoctrinate?
Parents are either terrified about their kids going back to school because they’re being told that their children may die by going back to school from the sharp minds in the Media(D) and the teachers’ unions; or they’re annoyed that children, who have a 99.9% survival rate if they do contract COVID-19, are being taught “virtually” or some weird hybrid of online/in-class education.
It seems that parents in some areas of Tennessee have other things about the 2020/2021 school year that are pretty awful.
The Tennessee Star reported that the schools in Rutherford County are sending out forms for parents to agree to not monitor their children’s virtual classes.
Parents of students who attend Rutherford County Schools (RCS) must agree not to monitor their child’s online classroom sessions.
Officials at all county schools are asking parents to sign forms agreeing not to watch these virtual classes.
The form was provided to The Star, and they published what parents were signing:
“RCS strives to present these opportunities in a secure format that protects student privacy to the greatest extent possible, however because these meetings will occur virtually RCS is limited in its ability to fully control certain factors such as non-student observers that may be present in the home of a student participating in the virtual meeting,” according to the form.
“RCS strongly discourages non student observation of online meetings due to the potential of confidential information about a student being revealed.”
The form asks parents for their signature and warns that “violation of this agreement may result in RCS removing my child from the virtual meeting.”
Now, I’m skeptical of any person who wants access to my kids without my supervision. Besides, isn’t this exactly the type of online behavior that we are warning our kids about? Seems like a bit of a mixed message, no?
The spokesperson for the school board said that the intention “was intended to protect the academic privacy of other students in the classroom.”
Well, they could’ve rolled that out better, couldn’t they?
Also, I don’t really believe that.
One teacher recently deleted his tweets saying that he was concerned that virtual classrooms would allow parents to hear what teachers are “educating” students about gender, sexuality, and racism.
Social justice is taking a very prominent role in education, and it starts pretty early.
T. Grant Benson is the co-founder of the news website Breaking911, and he posted what his 7-year old was going to be “learning” in school–basically, that white people are racist.
He shared a few screenshots of the images and his thoughts on the content of his Second-Grader’s very first English lesson.
My daughter just started second grade @MetroSchools. I will be pulling her out immediately.
Her first “English” lesson of the year is teaching her that white people are bad, mean & racist against African-Americans & Mexicans.
My daughter, 7, is not a racist nor is her family.
— GrantB911 (@GrantB911) August 14, 2020
The white kids told the Mexican girl to “Go back to the Mexican school!” pic.twitter.com/muMQnOzM2D
Benson did say that the lesson highlights the inspiring story of Ruby Bridges, the young black girl who helped end the segregation of schools in Louisiana, as well as the story of Sylvia Mendez, a Mexican girl who did the same, but this time it was with Latinos in Southern California years before. He had no trouble with highlighting these stories to students, but he did have a problem with the way that the book on Mendez was written–it seemed divisive and portrayed the white kids as one-dimensional racists.
He did some research on the book called “Separate Is Never Equal” by Duncan Tonatiuh. Benson discovered that Tonatiuh, a Mexican-American author is interested in “social justice” and “anti-racism.”
What’s antiracism? Benson had the same question.
…I did more research on the term Anti-Racism. I quickly learned this seemingly new terminology was linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Of course it is.
White people who feel they are guilty for the atrocities of their ancestors now claim to be “anti-racist” instead of just genuinely not being racist. If this sounds completely unintelligent, that’s because it is.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education has released a video titled, “Education Now: Practicing Antiracism in Your School.” It proclaims: The disparities that students face today, magnified during the COVID-19 outbreak, are rooted in systemic racism that has been ingrained in education for generations. But even as we reevaluate the system, we must also recognize the critical impact of individual educators who are committed to the fight against racism and injustice…
Another headline I found during the search was this from MinnPost: “Stay in public schools: The anti-racism we need from white families during the pandemic.” In this article it says white America owes black students a large educational debt, and funding public schools is one part of paying back that debt.
In short, they are asking for money.
Benson is taking his daughter out of public school.
This clearly isn’t education, it’s indoctrination. Virtual learning is just exposing that.