Aaron Feuer, Alexander Tanner, Critical Race theory, DEI, First Amendment, joe biden, local control, Marxist indoctrination, Merrick Garland, NEA, Panorama Education, pregnant people, school boards, United States Conference of Mayors
Let us be certain about one thing, gentle readers. School Boards are elected by the people to represent their interests. It is the people of every town who have not only the responsibility and duty, but the right, to determine what their children are taught in the schools they fund. School board members are merely their representatives, their employees. As such, the people have the responsibility, duty and right to tell them, whenever they please, what they expect of them. This is called “petitioning government for redress of grievances.” You’ve heard of this? First Amendment? “Freedom of speech” and all that?
Should they fail to live up to the expectations of their employers, the people are fully empowered to fire them, by recall where that is the law, and at the next election where it is not. In any case, they’re empowered to speak their minds about their employee’s failures and to demand, as loudly, vehemently and often as they wish, their resignations. The people also get to express their displeasure with their employees whenever and wherever they wish, so long as they’re not breaking the law in so doing.
This right is not conditioned on belonging to the D/S/C Party and/or espousing its philosophies of the moment.
This is true of all school employees, from the superintendent to the teacher to all the support staff. Hired by the school board, they too are the employees of the public, employers who have delegated to the School Board and the administrators they hire on behalf of their employers, the power to hire and fire and to maintain not only good order, but the educational, behavioral expectations of their employers—the public.
This is commonly known as “local control.”
To be sure, employer-employee relations should be civil and professional, but when employees not only violate the very nature of that relationship, when they disdain their employers, abuse them, publically revile them, deny them what is rightfully, lawfully theirs, even try to sue them for daring to think themselves in charge, when they try to employ the federal government to intimidate, jail and ruin their employers, employers have not only the duty, but the right to put them in their place, forcefully if necessary, to make them remember and acknowledge who’s the boss. This too is local control—and sanity.
As I reported in The FBI And Suzi Soccermom: Unity, the Harris/Biden/Whoever Administration–Joe Biden, Temporary President–has declared war on America’s parents, via its execrable Attorney General, Merrick Garland. The Administration is outraged mere parents would dare to oppose the indoctrination of their children with Marxist, racist Critical Race Theory. Some even continue to deny CRT is actually taught. Let’s briefly explore that via Breitbart.com:
Last month [September, 2021], however, the United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution during its annual convention in which its members pledged to support the teaching of Critical Race Theory in K-12 schools.
‘NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the nation’s mayors support the implementation of CRT in the public education curriculum to help engage our youth in programming that reflects an accurate, complete account of BIPOC history,’ the mayors stated.
In July, the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers’ union, also moved to openly promote the teaching of Critical Race Theory in K-12 schools and to oppose any bans on instruction in both the Marxist ideology and the widely discredited New York Times’ ‘1619 Project.’
The union agreed to ‘research the organizations attacking educators,’ doing what it referred to as “’anti-racist work,’ as well as to ‘use the research already done and put together a list of resources and recommendations for state affiliates, locals, and individual educators to utilize when they are attacked.’
Federal resources to the rescue! The Conference of Mayors and NEA certainly seem to think CRT is being taught, and where it’s not, it must be. Odd, that, if it’s not being taught.
NEA dismissed the outrage of grassroots parents, claiming the main critics of Critical Race Theory are ‘well-funded’ conservative groups.
‘The attacks on anti-racist teachers are increasing, coordinated by well-funded organizations such as the Heritage Foundation,’ the union said. ‘We need to be better prepared to respond to these attacks so that our members can continue this important work.’
Ah yes. The “important work” of convincing white kids they’re racist oppressors, black kids they’re helpless, eternal victims, and all kids America is a horrible, racist nation that must be “fundamentally transformed”–destroyed. And were it true—it’s not—the main critics of CRT are “well-funded conservative groups,” that would be meaningless. Americans get to band together into any groups they prefer to speak their minds and to petition the government for redress of grievances. There’s that annoying First Amendment again. This is particularly so for political issues, which enjoy the greatest protection under the First Amendment.
It’s also interesting—and outrageous–to note AG Garland has an enormous, disqualifying conflict of interest in this fight:
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s son-in-law is a co-founder of an educational data mining company that promotes the tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a report at Becker News observed Wednesday.
The report noting Garland’s family ties to CRT comes in the wake of the attorney general’s memorandum directing the FBI to mobilize against parents who oppose CRT and mask mandates in K-12 schools and speak out about their concerns.
As the New York Times reported, in 2018, Garland’s daughter, Rebecca, married Alexander ‘Xan’ Tanner, co-founder and president of Panorama Education, a Boston-based software and analytical data services company that boasts its founders were once ‘student activists.’
Panorama produces data mining surveys for schools, including ‘equity and inclusion surveys’ and conducts ‘professional development’ training in the areas of equity and inclusion for teachers and administrators.
Diversity, inclusion and Equity—DEI—are stealth terms for Critical Race Theory, often used where CRT evokes immediate public opposition. “Oh no, we’re not teaching CRT like those radical right-wing crazies allege, we’re teaching DEI!” Panorama’s website is here.
The company states about its survey:
The Panorama Equity and Inclusion Survey provides schools and districts with a clear picture of how students, teachers, and staff are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school. The survey can help schools and districts track the progress of equity initiatives through the lens of students and staff, identify areas for celebration and improvement, inform professional development, and signal the importance of equity and inclusion to the community.
Panorama CEO Aaron Feuer sums it up:
‘Let me repeat his words,’ Feuer emphasized. ‘A reimagined education system is our antiracist protest.’
Take the link to read one of Panorama’s blog posts that leaves no doubt about its dedication to CRT’s Marxist indoctrination of America’s children. Just how influential in Panorama? Read on:
Panorama declined to reveal at what valuation the Series C was raised, nor did it provide any specific financial growth metrics. CEO and co-founder Aaron Feuer did say the company now serves 13 million students in 23,000 schools across the United States, which means that 25% of American students are enrolled in a district served by Panorama today.
Over 50 of the largest 100 school districts and state agencies in the country use its platform. In total, more than 1,500 school districts are among its customers. Clients include the New York City Department of Education, Clark County School District in Nevada, Dallas ISD in Texas and the Hawaii Department of Education, among others.
If Garland’s conflict of interest were not sufficiently clear, consider Panorama makes tens of millions of dollars per year spreading Marxist agitprop to captive audiences of schoolchildren. Garland’s daughter has a direct financial interest in the suppression of any opposition to CRT, DEI and any other deceptive acronym for the same Marxist, racist propaganda.
Fortunately, not every school board association is on board with the Administrations war on parents, as Legal Insurrection reports:
This represents only two such organizations thus far, but it’s certain innumerable individual school boards oppose the Administration, as do other related associations. We won’t hear from them all as most will simply go about the daily business of education rather than indoctrination, but the Administration should not mistake professional silence for universal agreement.
The invaluable Miranda Devine, at The New York Post, contributes some common sense on human nature:
Only a fool pokes a mama bear, but that’s Merrick Garland for you.
The attorney general thought to be such a moderate that 20 Republicans confirmed his nomination turns out to be a radical ideologue hellbent on targeting President Biden’s political foes.
He is injecting himself into the front lines of every culture war, from pregnant ‘people’ to school board meetings.
I’m still looking forward to the video of a live birth by a non-female “pregnant person.” The best they’re done thus far is photos of Pete Buttigieg and his whatever posing with two adopted children, his whatever in a hospital gown and both in a hospital bed, which seems somewhat removed from a man actually giving birth.
But Garland’s ominous memo last week directing the FBI to investigate parents as domestic terror threats was a big mistake. He cited no evidence for what he claims is a ‘disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence’ against school boards.
His memo was a shocking abuse of his office on behalf of left-wing activists who have been using schools as brainwashing factories for future social justice warriors. It was designed to intimidate parents and stop them advocating for their children.
For all his awesome power, Garland has met a force greater than his weaponized Department of Justice: the love of parents for their children.
‘Nobody gets between a mama bear and her cub,’ says Asra Nomani, a mom and the vice president of investigations and strategy at Parents Defending Education.
‘We are not intimidated or afraid … You are criminalizing parenting, and you owe the people of America a swift apology.’
They hate Americans with such a deranged passion, they grossly underestimate what will happen when they push them too far and incur their wrath. During my law enforcement days, I used to joke that if you really wanted to piss people off, kick their dog or go after their kids. It really wasn’t a joke.
Return tomorrow when I explain why the Administration’s war on parents may very well provoke a war not only between parents and the Administration, but between local and federal law enforcement.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s post… with understandable trepidation, because I see the widening gyre. Brrr.
Mike McDaniel said:
The center cannot hold.
Old Barn said:
Parents just need to bite the bullet and walk away. Pull your kids and homeschool or form private groups and, if necessary, hire tutors. Will it be a pain for some and for a while. Yes, but your children will be able to actually learn and will do so in about one-fourth the time the school takes, which allows them to explore and learn even more, help around the house, have a job (when older), etc. Also, older kids can help teach younger kids, which helps the parents and the kids at multiple levels. And they learn about interacting with adults more, rather than the immersive peer-only experiences they have now, which is a hotbed for maladjustment and foreign to what they must negotiate for the remainder of their lives. With the resources available, most children can get a better education led by their parents decisions than they will ever get in a local school, particularly a public school, which is essentially state-sanctioned child abuse at this point. There are exceptions of course, but we would be better off exploring alternative approaches and dismantling the public schools as such by making them irrelevant to most Americans.
While I agree with most of your comments, the government needs to be forced to perform in the manner in which we expect as taxpayers. To repeat a very tired message, although very important, these morons work for us, not the other way round.
Mike McDaniel said:
What you said.
Because we live in the people’s republic of california, we have had our kids in private school since pre-school. It’s expensive, but, necessary. High school is very expensive, the Christian school both girls went to in Sunnyvale is 20K/each/year and it’s one of the better deals out here! The problem is most families can’t afford private school.
I think Old Barn is right, home schooling may be the best route for most. Of course, if a lot of parents start doing this, the powers that be from teacher’s unions to the government will start pushing back. However, we must do it. Fixing the education of our kids will eventually fixed the voting population and that will fix the government.
Mike McDaniel said:
Fortunately, this is not a nationwide problem. Most schools in flyover country, aren’t totally lost, at least not yet, which is why it’s so important to always pushback, twice as hard, when this sort of madness raises it’s Marxist, racist head.
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear Old Barn:
Before we burn it all down, we need to remember this is not the case in most schools in flyover country. We must demand our employees do as we expect, or elect representatives that will do things like revoke property tax lowers unless the schools return to teaching rather than indoctrination. That said, there are some places that are beyond reform. They deserve whatever happens to them.
Old Barn said:
I don’t disagree re flyover country, as long as parents are in the driver’s seat regarding their children’s education. I also don’t disagree about public servants working for the public, although I doubt one can trust any public servant who is so sh–brained as to have entertained wokesterism for purposes of education. That person will have to perform some penance to convince me of his or her commitment to common sense rather than politics. I admit I am a spoiled homeschool parent who has been blessed with sufficient resources and a spouse who could make it all happen. It takes less than most think, and certainly would be easier if some of the education dollars were freed up for homeschool folks, at least in an amount necessary to give everyone a legitimate opportunity to care for his or her children. I really think if push came to shove, the good public-school teachers would engage the homeschool folks and essentially create a cooperative learning environment via some sort of private school/tutoring type system, though the benefits may not be what the unions have provided.
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear Old Barn:
Like you, I suspect we may find ourselves in a situation where the education establishment pushes parents and professional teachers to build alternatives.
I have been blogging since 2017, and constantly sounding the alarm about increasingly militant school boards. This has been simmering and brewing for years, it is now at full boil. Anyone paying attention, should have seen it coming, I did, and I haven’t had kids in school for 50 years. Sorry, but when you don’t pay attention you end up with a big mess to clean up.
Let’s not forget that the people who wanted the FBI to stifle free speech were reacting to film of a father wrestling with police. A father who spoke out of turn when the school board claimed his daughter’s rape didn’t happen had understandable anger, which our oligarchs are attempting to weaponize into Federal suppression of free speech.
Further, the Republican party is not outraged by this. I, however, am.
Mike McDaniel said:
They’re not called “the stupid party” for nothing.