Philadelphia teacher forced students to study "black communism," led black power "simulations" in whistleblower report

by Joel Abbott · Feb 12th, 2021 1:33 pm
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Christopher Rufo

Last Updated Feb 13th, 2021 at 8:43 am

A fifth-grade teacher at the William D. Kelley School in Philadelphia has been accused of designing social studies curriculum to promote communism and practice holding Black Power rallies, according to a whistleblower report.

The report came from Christopher Rufo, the director of the Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, who has recently dedicated his work to exploring Marxist principles being integrated into school curriculum across the nation.

Rufo released pictures from a whistleblower at the school on Thursday, detailing the curriculum and activities the teacher reportedly pursued.

Rufo reports that the teacher had students read and celebrate the story of Angela Davis, a political activist, leading member of the Communist Party USA, and a professor at the University of California.

Students were led through an assignment that praised the "black communist" for struggling against "injustice and inequality," asking students to write about her life and to define communism in a positive light.

Rufo also noted that the school commissioned a mural of Davis and Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton despite their involvement in various criminal charges, including the murder of a police officer.

The William D. Kelley School is at the bottom of state charts regarding student performance, with only 3% of students proficient in math by sixth grade and only 13% able to read at a basic level by the end of eighth grade.

The school's student population is also 94% black and 100% economically disadvantaged.

Rufo said that one anonymous teacher at the school came forward with a critique about the failings of the William D. Kelley School and public education in general.

"I've come to realize that no policy hurts African-Americans more than the public school system and the teachers' union," the teacher said.


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