Parent slams new social studies curriculum in Wisconsin as "left agenda talking points"

by Jenny Mount · Feb 23rd, 2021 4:51 pm

Last Updated Feb 25th, 2021 at 12:50 am

As Elmbrook School District in Brookfield, Wisconsin, re-evaluates its social studies curriculum, local activists have begun advocating that the new curriculum include teaching children that "white feminism" failed racial minorities.

A group of area activists, known as "What's Next, Elmbrook?," have circulated a poll asking for input they can give to the curriculum review committee.

A screenshot of the survey, which has since been taken down, asked parents to choose which topics they thought the social studies curriculum should prioritize.

One parent in the district said that the survey for the revived curriculum mirrored left-leaning talking points.

"Perhaps it is the time in which we are living that the list of nine topics simply seemed to focus more on left agenda talking points and were equally negative and depressing," said the parent. "It seems to me that the agenda is to focus solely on negative culture, redoing or erasing history and planting seeds of doubt on what we've traditionally been taught to believe."

Even though it was posted on Facebook to a school parent group by the district's Parent Network Leadership Council's Director of Communications Liz Beaudoin, Elmbrook School District claims that the survey was circulated only by alumni and activists.

"I am a 5th-grade teacher and believe the education system has let down our Black community. I have failed my students in teaching them the [sic] social inequality because I was never required to learn about this during my time at school. As a teacher, my job is to help students acquire knowledge. This knowledge needs to include racial and social injustice as a standard in the curriculum," a post on the "What's Next, Elmbrook?" Twitter page read. "We have to be/do better for our students and that starts with change."

Some parents feel they are losing the curriculum battle.

"Our children cannot escape this leftist messaging," said the parent. "And as students, regardless of their family or personal values and beliefs, they are forced to listen and agree for fear of being labeled as a hater or racist."


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