Racialized and radicalized theories feature words and approaches that are used by special interest groups to politicize students’ cultures, color, race, gender, sexuality etc. in the classroom, such as:
Critical Race Theory (CRT)
Transformational Social Emotional Learning
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Other divisive, identity-based approaches
Many of these ideologies are themselves intrinsically racist, sexist, and divisive. One of the most often heard arguments for CRT we hear is that we, as parents and citizens, don’t understand it so we don’t have the capacity to debate it.
We’re more than aware of the Marxist origins of these ideas and believe they shouldn’t be practiced in any form in our schools.
Explore the links and video below to learn specifically how to help your kids recognize divisive theories being applied in their schools.
Instruction in health — Parental consent requirements — Conduct and speech of school employees and volunteers — Political and religious doctrine prohibited. (Effective 5/12/2020)
Prohibits “political, atheistic, sectarian, religious, or denominational doctrine” being taught in public schools, with exceptions listed in Utah State Code 53G-10-202.
A guide from Parents Defending Education.
School activists are employing an array of new words and phrases to describe their beliefs and goals.
Understanding Woke Jargon
This summer, state-wide training required for Utah teachers had a disturbing focus on equity. The training was created by the The Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC)
Government efforts to play God and control Covid outcomes have not reduced the transmission of the virus.
The state of Utah, thanks to the Legislature putting control over health policy into the hands of unelected health commissioner bureaucrats, has created confusion and a rush by officials to try to reissue restrictive mandates based on politics, not a reasoned analysis of the available science.
So what are your options as a parent or teacher? Explore the links below to specifically help you and your kids understand your options as to current Covid policies.
House Bill 1007 prohibits any Local Education Authority (e.g., districts and schools) from mandating masks for any individuals.
This bill DOES NOT stop a county health department from recommending mask mandates or local county governing bodies from instituting mask mandates.
[UTAH] State Immunization
Immunization Exemptions – Immunize Utah
[Not UTAH specific] Employee, military, and student exemption forms based on religious (non-denominational, Protestant, and Catholic) objections. Supporting documentation also included.
When they first hit schools, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) techniques were billed as “the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.”
This sounds benign, even desirable, at face value. But what observers have noticed is that SEL has become more integrated into classrooms as way of exposing students’ private lives, emotional needs, and familial
belief systems to the scrutiny of teachers, faculty, and other students.
Even worse, data-mining companies provide tech platforms and curriculum to collect sensitive data on your child under the name of providing SEL services. This is also called known as Regulatory Capture, where special interests end up profiting by the decisions of policymakers at the expense of the real constituency that policymakers are there to serve in the first place (in this case, your kids).
Surveys administered by these outside interests ask children scholastically irrelevant and subjective questions such as “Do students in your school need support or help [to] recognize and defend human rights?” or “Do students in your school need support or help with respect for other cultures and viewpoints?” These examples came from CTE Surveys and are from the Granite School district at the Junior High level.
Improper and intrusive curriculum is not limited to these examples.
Social Emotional Learning environments reward and celebrate personal attitudes and circumstances that are deemed “acceptable” because they fit a progressive outlook (i.e., favoring collectivism over individualism, gender non-conformity over gender norms, race essentialism over non-discrimination, subjectivity over objectivity, outcome disparities as ipso facto proof of discrimination, etc.).
Conversely, children whose thinking doesn’t conform to this mold are told their attitudes are “not inclusive,” “insensitive,” “biased,” “privileged,” and “racist.”
In an SEL framework, schools displace families as the main definer and transmitter of personal and social values—this is unacceptable to parents.
Through techniques like “sharing circles,” surveys, “emotional health journals,” and “affinity groups,” complicit teachers create the classroom conditions to open the door to replacing “outdated mindsets” with ones that are supportive of the following ideologies listed below. Click to read more.