Pennsylvania school district mandates "anti-racism" lessons for elementary students

by Peter Heck · Aug 17th, 2020 8:46 am

Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:14 pm

Children at Gladwyne Elementary School in Pennsylvania, one of the richest districts in the country, will be required to undergo extensive "anti-racist" curriculum training this year in order to combat racism and privilege.

The school's "cultural proficiency" lessons will require kindergarten and first grade students to read "A Kid's Book About Racism," while fourth and fifth graders will be taught from "Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness." The latter book teaches that racism entails white people sympathizing with police officers.

While the school had already announced four new cultural proficiency lessons back in June, they have since added a fifth that concentrates solely on "anti-racism."

"Generally, each class also engages in a cultural proficiency lesson; however, we realize that this is not enough," Gladwyne Principal Veronica Ellers wrote in an email obtained by the Free Beacon. "We plan to continue designing lessons that promote anti-racist actions in the upcoming 20-21 school year and beyond."

A group of parents have objected to the changes, but have largely been ignored by the school administration. Some parents believe the nature of the curriculum itself works to silence parental objection out of fear of being labeled a racist.

Gladwyne Elementary School is far from the only district dealing with this issue. A left-wing education group called "Teaching Tolerance" has been partnering with other districts to develop curriculum that reshapes social studies classes to highlight slavery as a fundamental backbone of America's existence.


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