The Secret Program – AMAC

School is starting, but don’t expect to get answers about what your child is being taught. School administrators usually lie or get parents in trouble.

That explains the fireworks over Jeremy Boland, vice-principal at an elementary school in Greenwich, Connecticut, bragging about how the school pushes kids to think in a “progressive” way that he hopes will he will make them Democratic voters.

The school’s hiring process, he explains in a video, is designed to accomplish indoctrination. Prospective Catholic teachers or teachers over the age of 30 are disqualified. They’re too set in their ways, he says. Catholics are unlikely to “recognize a child’s sexual preferences” or go against the parents. He says, “You don’t hire them.

When the video was released last week, authorities in Greenwich immediately furloughed their free-speaking deputy principal. But Peter Sherr, who served on the Greenwich Board of Education for 12 years until last December, attests that Boland’s comments are very accurate. “I can say with a high degree of confidence that Mr. Boland is not alone,” he said.

The video, made by Project Veritas, a non-profit covert investigative organization, is part of a “Secret Curriculum” series. Another video shows Jenn Norris, director of student activities at Trinity School in New York, swearing she would never allow a Republican speaker at the school. “Not in my care.”

Secrecy is a problem across the country. Authorities discourage requests from parents and set up roadblocks for those who persist.

Jackie Homan, who has three sons at Greenwich Secondary School, said when questioning the program at a school board meeting, “they made me laugh at the play”. She filed Freedom of Information Act requests and, after months of scrambling, got information, but not about the class she was most worried about – SEL, short for Social and Emotional Learning .

She was told she couldn’t have a copy of the SEL program because it was copyrighted – a nonsensical excuse as all the books the students read are copyrighted.

The West Perry School District in Pennsylvania used the same lame excuse to turn away another nosy mom, Ashley Weaver.

When a Fort Worth, Texas mother, Jenny Crossland, asked her children for a list of books, the school district told her she would have to pay $1,267.50 to have someone compile it.

SEL courses are shrouded in secrecy. No wonder. Originally, social and emotional learning meant teaching children to control their emotions and get along in the classroom. No more. Now, K-12 students are learning “transformative SEL.” The American Federation of Teachers says the new SEL aims to “redistribute power to promote social justice.”

Panorama Education, a for-profit company that produces SEL materials for 1,500 school districts across the country, and the nonprofit CASEL, the largest producer of SEL materials, both encourage students to view the systemic racism in their world.

SEL is political indoctrination. In many schools, students have SEL classes several times a week, even replacing math or science.

Last week, the school district in West Bonner, Idaho, canceled its English curriculum in response to protests from parents that the SEL component would lead to liberal indoctrination and the teaching of critical theory. of the breed.

The parents understand, but too slowly. Public education is hijacked. The American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers’ union, has announced its goal to “reimagine the purpose of education” from learning to social activism. It doesn’t matter if your child learns the skills to succeed.

Teacher training programs and colleges of education have moved away from focusing on classroom management, lesson planning and pedagogy. Less than one in four places emphasis on training teachers in the “science of reading”. The new priority is how to turn children into activists.

No wonder Boland said his school would only hire teachers under 30. They are ready-to-use indoctrinators.

Boland got caught in an undercover video. It shouldn’t be that hard to get to the truth. The heroes are parents who keep demanding the truth, even when the school authorities laugh at them.

President Joe Biden told a group of teachers that their students “are not somebody else’s children. They are like yours when they are in class. Sorry, Mr. President. It is up to you to educate, but not to indoctrinate.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and chair of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. Follow her on Twitter @Betsy_McCaughey.


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