In case you were still wondering if it’s possible to ‘retake’ the public school system from lunatic leftists and Marxist agitators who hate our country and its founding, what’s taking place in Philadelphia should convince you of the futility of such efforts and of the need for Americans who love the country and want to preserve it’s promise to fund an alternative public education system.
As reported by City Journal correspondent and documentary filmmaker Christopher Rufo last week, an elementary school in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ force-fed blatant propaganda to fifth-grade students by making them celebrate “black communism” as well as mimic a “Black Power rally” in support of freeing noted 1960s terrorist Angela Davis.
“I’ve obtained exclusive whistleblower documents and photographs from the school,” Rufo wrote in a tweet thread that ultimately linked to a story on the issue.
First things first: There is no such thing as “black communism” or “white communism” or “purple communism” — there is only communism, and it’s a top-heavy, authoritarian system of government built on the lie of ‘sameness of outcome,’ which is not at all like “equality of opportunity,” which is what America was founded upon.
Granted, we didn’t get it completely right at the beginning, but over the course of our history, thanks to the constitutional tools our founders gave us, we fixed the initial shortcomings.
Also, Davis is an ideological Marxist, former Communist Party USA member, and 1960s-era left-wing radical who is today feted by academia as some deep-thinking philosopher and ‘social justice activist’ but who came to fame for her involvement in the takeover of a California courtroom that resulted in four deaths.
Once on the FBI’s “Top 10 Most-Wanted” list, “authorities linked her to the purchase of weapons that were later used by three inmates who took a judge and juror hostage during their trial in 1970 for killing a prison guard,” Fox News reported. She was eventually arrested by the FBI and tried for providing the weapons but was acquitted.
In any event, Rufo notes:
According to whistleblower documents and a source within the school, a fifth-grade teacher at the inner-city William D. Kelley School designed a social studies curriculum to celebrate Davis, praising the “black communist” for her fight against “injustice and inequality.” As part of the lesson, the teacher asked students to “describe Davis’ early life,” reflect on her vision of social change, and “define communist”—presumably in favorable terms.
Following the unit of instruction, Rufo said, the teacher led the 10-and-11-year-olds into an auditorium where they were told to “simulate” a Black Power rally to “free” Davis, who was detained while awaiting her trial.
Now for the really bad part. Rufo noted that the school “has long been one of the most troubled” in Philadelphia. The student population, he writes, “is 94 percent black and 100 percent ‘economically disadvantaged.’ (Related: Natural News launches TOR browser (.onion) website to bring natural health and nutrition knowledge to the dark web.)
“Academically, it is one of the worst-performing schools in Pennsylvania. By sixth grade, only 3 percent of students are proficient in math, and 9 percent are proficient in reading. By graduation, only 13 percent of Kelley students will have achieved basic literacy,” he added.
Without the ability to even read, young ‘graduates’ start out life with virtually no chance of success. What’s more, that’s not because of “white privilege,” it’s because of left-wing teachers unions in the city who are more interested in creating generations of Democratic dependent Marxists than in actually providing these kids an education. How else do you explain this ridiculous Davis/Black Power curriculum?
The kids are not to blame; they can only learn what they are taught, and obviously they’re not being taught the basics — reading, writing, arithmetic — that are vital to being able to function successfully in a civil society.
But it goes to show that our public schools, like our federal governing institutions, are broken beyond repair. While we can’t do much about Washington’s dysfunction, states and localities can — and should — stop funding failed public schools and establish their own independent districts adopting a pro-America, pro-American founding curriculum.
The old system can’t be fixed.
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