MADISON — Worried the left’s Woke indoctrination revolution will soon takeover your schools and children?
You’re probably too late.
In some of Wisconsin’s most conservative school districts, critical race theory, antiracism, the “1619 Project” and other racism-based curriculum wrapped in leftist ribbons and bows like “equity” and “inclusion” are being drilled into students of all ages.
And the lessons are entrenched.
In Waukesha, a 10th-grade spelling test list includes words like Institutional Racism, Intersectionality, Racial Microaggression and White Supremacy, according to a comprehensive new report from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.
Of course, the Woke revolution is so far embedded in liberal school districts that it often feels like there’s no opposition left.
What they’re teaching our kids
In the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, a stone’s throw from Madison’s socialist school system, a parent raised concerns that her third-grade son was instructed to fill out an “Identity Journal” which teaches students who they are is founded in their race, color, ethnicity, culture, sex, gender, gender identity, etc.
“…(G)oing forward, please let me know ahead of time about any videos/instructional materials/classroom speakers that will discuss race/racism/equity/diversity/inclusion in (the teacher’s) class,” the parent wrote.
In Green Bay, students were told to “provide personal definitions of race, ethnicity, minority group, prejudice and discrimination.”
“Explain examples from your family, school community … In small and whole groups, students share personal examples and/or researched examples of each of the topics,” the lesson plan states.
In essence, tell us about your race and just how racist your family is.
Shining light on CRT
But a lot of parents remain in the dark about the questionable curriculum changes, often drafted behind closed doors in school administrator offices. Sometimes, as we saw in Lodi, school board members have no idea about the radical lesson plans — not that they necessarily oppose them.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty’s report, “Opening the Schoolhouse Door: Promoting Curriculum Transparency: shines light on some of the more egregious examples of Woke indoctrination in Wisconsin schools. At the same time, it calls on the Legislature to adopt transparency measures to “arm parents and taxpayers with the ability to access and review controversial curriculum material in public schools.”
The Milwaukee-based public interest law firm recently issued identical open records requests to nine large Wisconsin school districts. WILL experienced first-hand the cost, time and difficulty of accessing curriculum material. Madison Metropolitan School District has sent a bill to WILL demanding $5,000 to turn over requested documents. This is a law firm that knows it’s way around Wisconsin’s open records law. Think about parents with busy lives and little knowledge of the legal language involved trying to get information from school districts with plenty to hide.
“Parents like myself are at a disadvantage when school districts are not forthright about philosophies like Critical Race Theory being taught in the classroom,” Scarlett Johnson, a parent in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, said in a WILL press release. “More transparency is vital for parents to ensure that our students are not being taught propaganda that denies the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution or losing precious learning time in critical topics like math, science, and reading.”
Banning radical, racist curriculum
A lot of parents — who received a close-up look at the radical Black Lives Matter-driven lessons on their children’s laptops during months of virtual learning — want to know why schools are teaching this stuff in the first place.
State Rep. Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego) is drafting legislation taking on the forced consumption of critical race theory in Wisconsin schools.
The bill doesn’t mention CRT, but it would ban race and sex stereotyping in school districts and charter schools, and it would prohibit the kind of Woke training of teachers that has run rampant in Wisconsin schools over the past decade. The peddlers of “institutional racism” would be checked from teaching lessons that run counter to what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us, that one race or sex is inherently superior to another. School districts that violate the prohibitions could lose 10 percent of their state aid distributions, under the bill.
Ultimately, the radical dogma being taught in our public schools isn’t as much about race and inequity as it is about raw politics and power. Case in point, Sparta Area Schools teacher, Jamie Okusko, who told her high school English students, “The more ignorant we make you, the more poor we make you, the more likely you are to vote Republican.” If you’re educated, Okusko said, the more likely you are to vote Democrat.
“America’s culture wars are finding their way into public school classrooms,” said Jessica Holmberg, WILL policy associate who co-authored the study with Will Flanders, WILL’s research director. “With curriculum transparency legislation, we can arm parents and taxpayers with access to curriculum material to ensure that local school districts are held accountable.”