The Money Behind What Is Being Taught In Our Schools

Education First posted an article on November 16th about some of the money funding what is being taught in our schools.

The article reports:

Last week, it emerged that North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is threatening to transfer $1.7 billion of taxpayer dollars from the state’s general fund to the Department of Public Instruction. The money would go to implement reccomendations from a report drafted by consultants.

People wondered where the $2 million to fund the report came from. In analyzing all the details, it became evident that the Leftist agenda and Critical Race Theory (CRT) were at the core of this development.

WestEd, a San Francisco-based educational consulting company, produced the Leandro report to suggest ways the state could comform to Supreme Court ruling in Leandro v. State. WestEd claims to be a nonpartisan organization, however it trains schools and districts on ways to implement CRT and SEL programs. The group has a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education and CASEL to promote SEL in schools across America.

Some of the recommendations are reasonable. However, here is a list of some of the more questionable recommendations:

  • Comprehensive staffing for learning that go beyond classroom instruction to address — social and emotional development, physical and psychological health

  • Massive resource allocation for social-emotional learning (SEL)

  • Offering social and emotional support to students (psychiatric services, in-school therapy)

  • Brokering student-support services (healthcare) with community partners

  • Government-funded Pre-K (the Biden plan)

The article notes the source of the funding for the report:

WRAL reports that the far-left Belk Foundation and Z. Smith Reynolds helped fund the WestEd report, but that the Goodnight Foundation was the largest private donor.

Jim Goodnight is the founder and CEO of SAS, a global analytics software company based in Cary. Goodnight is a billionaire with an oversized influence in the state’s education policy, because of his equally oversized donations to politicians.

The article also mentions the campaign donations made by Mr. Goodnight. It seems as if Mr. Goodnight is working hard to buy his seat at the table rather than have the ideas he espouses stand on their own merit.

Please follow the link above to read the entire article. The recommendations on the study named are not things we want to add to our education system in North Carolina.

Watchdogs In Education In North Carolina

On Monday, The Washington Free Beacon posted an article reporting some good news about education in North Carolina.

The article reports:

A North Carolina education advocacy group launched a website this week to help whistleblowers expose radicalism in K-12 schools.

Education First Alliance launched its Schoolhouse Shock watchdog site on Monday to help parents and teachers call attention to radicalism in the classroom. Users can anonymously upload videos, photos, and documents from their child’s class to catalog critical race theory-based lessons being taught in schools.

“Our new statewide whistleblower program, Schoolhouse Shock, will add to our toolbox in the fight against the onslaught of racially inflammatory and sexualized curriculums that children are being immersed in all over North Carolina,” Sloan Rachmuth, Education First Alliance president, said in a statement.

The North Carolina Board of Education in February adopted radical curriculum standards built around critical race theory—the idea that American economic and political systems are inherently racist. Critics including the Education First Alliance and North Carolina lieutenant governor Mark Robinson (R.) say the politically charged standards undermine students’ education.

Rachmuth, an investigative reporter, established Education First Alliance in January. The nonprofit opposes the use of anti-American ideologies like critical race theory and antiracism in classrooms and pushes “for the equality of dignity and of opportunity for all K-12 students.”

Although remote learning has been a problem for many children, in many cases it has allowed parents to pay closer attention to what their children are being taught. I believe that the Education First Alliance provides a way for parents to put their concerns into action.

The article notes:

Education First Alliance charts the rise of critical race theory in education on its blog. The group reported on a nine-week-long “Culturally Responsive Teaching” training that instructed teachers to “disrupt” the education system with critical race theory. The group also documented a series of tweets in which James Ford—a North Carolina state education board member who was hand-selected by Democratic governor Roy Cooper—lauded anti-Semitic preacher Jeremiah Wright.

The organization uncovered documents that instructed North Carolina public school teachers to ask students about their sexual orientations and more. Middle school students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district were asked about their sexual preferences. Sixth graders at Innovation Academy, a school south of Raleigh, were given a survey that asked students to count the number of genders and sexual orientations they believe exist, as well as whether they believe the gay community deserves rights.

Grassroots opposition to leftist indoctrination is on the rise. In North Carolina, Robinson in March created the F.A.C.T.S. Task Force, which provides parents another way to share radical education materials and other examples of “indoctrination” in schools. The national, nonpartisan Parents Defending Education launched in March to provide resources—including a tip-line and instructions for filing public records requests—to parents who want to protect their child’s education from “activists promoting harmful agendas.”

North Carolina’s education board began revising the state’s K-12 history curriculum in 2019. Early drafts of the standards called for teaching students as young as kindergarten terms like “systemic racism” and “gender identity.”

What we teach out children about America will determine the future of America. Parents need to be paying attention.