The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
The “American Rescue Plan” has been touted by the Biden administration as a means to help American people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However a new report from Fox News shows the plan has much more in mind than offering financial support to the American people and businesses.
Included within the ARP is the administration’s guidance for reopening schools in the fall and includes the promotion of a radical activist group’s handbook that pushes critical race theory.
The handbook, authored by the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN) advocates teachers to “disrupt whiteness and other forms of oppression.”
The Department of Education provided a link to the ATN’s “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning” within its guidance for reopening schools while recommending how schools should spend the windfall, they received through the American Rescue Plan.
According to Fox, the ATN’s website is full of links to materials and various forms of media which include language clearly associated with critical race theory, although they are incredibly careful to avoid using that specific phrase.
“’Abolitionist Teachers’ should ‘[b]uild a school culture that engages in healing and advocacy. This requires a commitment to learning from students, families and educators who disrupt whiteness and other forms of oppression,’” the guide says.
Advocates for critical race theory, including the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten have claimed that it is not being taught in public schools, and says those speaking out against it are misinformed.
However, a significant number of ATN’s board members and associated activists are either current or former teachers and educators who have pushed for race-related reform in schools.
Fox notes that ATN’s mission statement is somewhat vague, however information contained within the website shows its desire to overhaul the educational system and push for racial awareness.
“Abolitionist Teaching Network’s mission is to develop and support those in the struggle for educational freedom utilizing the intellectual work and direct action of Abolitionists in many forms,’ according to the group’s website.
The materials referenced by the Department of Education, however, specify exactly how so-called “Abolitionist Teachers” should direct students toward abolitionist social and emotional learning.
One area where ATN goes off the rails is where they talk about something called “spirit murder.” What exactly is that?
According to the Washington Free Beacon citing documents obtained by Christopher Rufo of City Journal, the term was defined as:
“[The murder of] the souls of black children every day through systemic, institutionalized, anti-black, state-sanctioned violence.”
The group advocates removing “all punitive or disciplinary practices that spirit murder black, brown or indigenous children.”
Among other demands by the ATN’s guide includes:
“[f]ree, antiracist therapy for white educators and support staff,” while stating that teaching and learning standards, including teacher evaluations should be “grounded in the pursuit of black, brown, and indigenous liberation, criticality, excellence and joy,” whatever all that means.
Co-founder Bettina Love, a racist anti-white extremist has actively said that the network is not interested in creating or reimagining schools, rather they seek to “destroy[ing] schools that do nothing but harm black and brown children.”
She said the group would “create a national database of antiracist school counselors, therapists and lawyers,” whom she said would work as “activists in residence” to travel across the U.S. and “go into schools or communities and do the work of dismantling.”
“If you don’t recognize that white supremacy is in everything we do, then we got a problem. I want us to be feared.”
This is the chairman of a group the Department of Education is using to guide the reopening of America’s schools, a clear neo-Marxist radical.
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A second co-founder and fellow board member Brandelyn Tosolt describes herself as an “educator of white teachers.” She claimed during the webinar that she has a “significant history” of “trying to help other white teachers trouble their internalized white supremacy and anti-blackness.”
So one would wonder, why would the Department of Education link to such a radical organization? According to Rufo, Love was hosted in 2020 by Department of Education Deputy Secretary Cindy Marten, then superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, as previously reported by Fox News.
Love conducted “diversity training” for district managers and principals last September, during which Love said schools didn’t see blacks as human and were anti-black. She also claimed schools “spirit murder” black students.
Fox reported that when introducing Love, Marten gave her a “glowing introduction.”
Schools across the country have access to a cool $122 billion for the Department of Education to dole out to state agencies, who would then distribute the money to local school systems.
The American Rescue Plan mandates that at least 20% of the funds be utilized in consideration of “students’ academic, social and emotional needs.”
The Department of Education’s handbook links to the ATN in one section.
“Schools are microcosms of society, therefore, culturally responsive practices [and] intentional conversations related to race and social emotional learning…are the foundation for participating in a democracy and should be anchor tenets in building a schoolwide system of educational opportunity,” then hyperlinks to the Abolitionist Teaching Network.
The handbook says:
“[S]tudents and families still experience racism and implicit bias in their lives in and out of school. Efforts to reengage students of color can be supported by directly working to address any longstanding feelings of distrust resulting from students’ and families’ of color experiences in school prior to the pandemic and that may have been exacerbated by events of the last year in and out of the school context.”
One area of the ATN’s propaganda piece which is worthy of note is where it addresses school discipline.
Educators, it says, should “resist punitive or disciplinary approaches, and do not involve school resource officers or police.”
In other words, and this is addressed further within the document, ATN wants “all punitive or disciplinary practices that ‘spirit murder’ black, brown and indigenous children” removed. That would appear to include school resource officers.
So, it would appear that this group doesn’t want police anywhere near the schools. To what end?
In May 2018, a school resource officer at a high school in Illinois likely stopped a mass school shooting. The incident, at Dixon High School saw SRO Mark Dallas, who the suspect shot at, return fire and hit the suspect, according to WOAD. No students or staff members were injured in the incident. Officer Dallas was praised for his quick action.
“I could not be more proud of the officer…because of his heroic actions lives were saved,” said Dixon Police Chief Steven C. Howell.
Earlier, in March 2018 another school resource officer likely stopped a mass school shooting at Great Hills High School in Great Mills, Maryland. A teenager shot and critically wounded a girl inside the school, then was confronted by the SRO who shot and killed him.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron praised the SRO, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill for his quick action, noting he was able to contain the situation in under a minute.
“Had to cover significant ground,” Cameron said. “The premise is simple: you go to the sound of gunfire.”
In 2014, two SROs in Troutdale, Oregon were credited with preventing carnage at the Reynold High School, according to The Blaze.
Officers Nick Thompson and Kyle Harris were at the school when two shots were fired in the boy’s locker room. After fatally shooting a student, the shooter went into one of the school bathrooms. It was unclear how he died, however one of the officers fired shots at him.
“As soon as this happened, they were there in less than a minute,” Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton said at the time. “Had they not been there, it could have been a lot worse.”
Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson also praised the officers’ quick response, saying they likely “saved many of our students’ lives.”
So we ask again…to what end would we remove school resource officers from schools, and moreover why would we work to prevent police in general from responding to schools? That is the end came for these CRT zealots, who are attempting to turn our schools into neo-Marxist training camps.
This is why it is more important than ever for parents and other interested parties to be very aware of what our children are being indoctrinated into in our schools.
The Biden administration and the Department of Education are clearly down with the revolution. We would propose that Biden doesn’t even know what’s going on due to his cognitive state. We already have a generation of children at risk after they lost over one-year of in-person education, and now when they are getting ready to return to school, they’re potentially going to be instructed in this garbage?
The Marxists are in charge, and it is up to us to defeat them.
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