Of School Board Meetings, CRT, Liars, Fools & Ideologues – AKA: ‘Education’Van Harvey
I went to our Francis Howell School Board meeting last night [in St.Louis, Missouri], and like many others who didn’t show up an hour and a half before opening, I did not get the opportunity to speak (what I intended to say is posted below). But of those who got there early enough to get their name in, was a lady who claimed that she was ‘raised a good conservative‘, and was shocked, shocked I tell you, when she left the backwoods of Missouri and went away to college and discovered that Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. We were also treated to a speech by a student currently in the 12th grade, who also claimed that she never knew that Thomas Jefferson had owned slaves until someone outside of school enlightened her. An even younger child made the same claim. A teacher also rose to inform the hall crowded with parents opposing CRT (Critical Race Theory) in FHSD’s curriculum, that ‘historical facts’ such as these are not taught in school, and that, my dear Crackers, is why we need Critical Race Theory in our curriculum.
These people were either lying, or unintentionally condemning every teacher that they ever had, as well as their entire school system, for deliberately moving students through the grades when they should’ve been failed. Probably repeatedly. Find me the ‘Social Studies’ book that doesn’t point out, and re-point out, that the author of the Declaration of Independence owned slaves. Or that many founders who fought for liberty, owned slaves? That ‘Social Studies’ book does not exist.
It is just unbelievable the moronic lengths that supporters of CRT will go to, to divert from the actual issue – the teaching of radical left wing ideology in our schools, as if its political and anti-American ideals are ‘facts’ that We The People just need to ‘shut up and accept it‘.
What I don’t believe that I’ve seen in any ‘Social Studies’ book, is one that points out how Democrat President Woodrow Wilson was a seething racist, who deliberately imposed segregation on all federal civil services and the military, or that he told an assembly of high school teachers that:
“…We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class, of necessity, in every society, to forego the privileges of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks…”
History should be uncomfortable, and yet consistently rather than engage in what the actual issues being raised are – from individual rights, to liberty and justice – The Left instead pretends that “race and/or gender” are the *real* issues. No, they’re not. The real issues are that programs such as these are fundamentally unprincipled, they deliberately sow division by treating some unjustly (which deprives all of justice), and ultimately are used to advance the worst of the Left’s political agenda, and there is a growing swath of non-conservative America that is now waking up to that fact.
Real History IS and should be uncomfortable, and it is impossible to engage in without seeing the ideals and assumptions and errors made by those we otherwise admire, and yet who we share much with. The history of racism gains nothing by casting the founding of America in the cartoonish light of the ‘1619 Project’ – such cardboard cutout ‘bad guys’ teach nothing useful to anyone at all, and nothing but misplaced resentment can or will be learned from it. Real value and understanding – and an awakened concern towards our own personal thoughts and assumptions – requires realizing what was involved at the time of our founding in opposing matters such as the institution of slavery, and realizing how difficult (or easy) it was to live amongst. Real History requires realizing that they attempted to end ‘the peculiar institution’ on many occasions, that one of the litanies of complaints in the draft of the Declaration of Independence had to do with the King George’s persisting it upon the colonies despite repeated objections… and honestly dealing with the fact that there was also opposition to pointing that out, and that after debate others demanded it be removed… and shamefully it was. Real History requires inquiring into the fact that although some colonies ended slavery (before Britain, BTW) with their independence, others did not. Real History requires examining and addressing the real difficulties of history, so that our shared past is able to become a History that we can all learn from. But white-washing History in juvenile black & white of efforts such as the 1619 Project, is cowardly, and not a little bit repulsive.
What has people (Conservatives, Libertarians and many on the Left as well) in knots, is what the fundamental nature of CRT is, and is derived from, that being but the most recent and most explicit development of a line of thinking that is fundamentally incompatible with, and in opposition to, the philosophical ideals that America is derived from and founded upon (see anything by Ibram X. Kendi, but especially his proposed “anti-racist” amendment to the U.S. Constitution, for reference).
As such, CRT is but the latest means for facilitating the spread of an anti-American ideology, and The Left is seeking after truly systemic power through it by means dividing people through an obsessive focus upon a racially centric consciousness. Having redefined the meaning of ‘racism’ into an amorphous term, its adherents brandish their public ‘J’accuse!‘, as an ever-present threat to the civic, business and social relationships of anyone they deem to have failed to demonstrate a sufficient regard for, compliance with, and fealty to, the various tropes of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
It is disingenuous to attempt to affix (and evade) what CRT is and conveys, by saying that ‘*Aackshually* CRT is only what any one particular person had once proposed.
It is especially heinous that promoters of CRT use people’s general desire to be decent and fair to each other, as a conduit to destroy them.
These people don’t want history taught, they are liars and fools who want history replaced with ideology. At any rate, here’s the speech I would have given, which, if I managed to speak really fast, should have fit into the three minutes allotted (links of course, added):
I’m here to request FHSD drop its BH curriculum, remove it’s Resolution of August of last year, and for all board members resign.
- The recently revealed zoom call between FHSD curriculum writers and the ‘education’ consultant LeGarret King, and their discussion of how to deceptively inject CRT (Critical Race Theory) ideology into lessons without parents knowledge;
- The several thousand dollars spent on hiring that consultant, could not have been approved by any competent person, without their knowing of his openly expressed Marxist ideals, which no responsible person would help inject into students minds;
- FHSD’s Resolution of last August, is evidence – either of extreme negligence, or conscious awareness – that FHSD has committed to supporting the essentials of CRT indoctrination, no matter what technicalities might be cited in denial of that.
The first two points speak for themselves, the third may need some explanation. Had the Resolution stopped with the first line, that the Board
“… pledges to our learning community that we will speak firmly against any racism, discrimination, and senseless violence against people regardless of race….”
, the rest might have been overlooked. But these additional points move it beyond the pale:
- “We will promote racial healing, especially for our Black and brown students and families” – Invokes racial division and preferential or exclusionary treatment based upon race – that is not the role of ‘educators’
- “ creating an equitable and anti-racist system” – Is not a statement of educational ideals, but of ideologically extremist political positions, which at the very least are no more appropriate for FHSD to promote, than any Democrat, Republican or Libertarian party platforms.
- “ that honors and elevates all” – There is no honoring or ‘elevating all‘, through concepts which, without cause or evidence, condemn some based upon their racial background, and teach all others that that is acceptable thought & behavior
- “systemic racism
- “Actual Racism not only deserves to be condemned, but has already been removed from the laws and policies of even the deepest blue Democrat states, and is already illegal in any form.
- systemic racism, does not refer to objective evidence of racist actions, policies or laws, it is the stuff of subjective ideological assertions, accusations, and presumptions of guilt, based upon a person’s race (or other indicators of ‘whiteness’), which is both un-American and anti-American. You should all be removed for just that. But wait, there’s more.
“the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion” – is pure SEL & CRT
- Diversity – beyond the likes of a ‘Greek Food Festival‘, celebration, *diversity* is a non-value, the American ideal towards diversity is expressed in our motto: e Pluribus Unum, Out of Many, One – to value *Diversity* in and of itself, is irrational, ideological, and contrary to the spirit of America.
- Equity – is a Marxist value which demands that individual responsibility and merit be ignored and forcibly acted against, so as to take what belongs to one, while ‘distributing’ it to others in order to bring about ‘equitable’ outcomes (as judged by the few in power over the many).
- Inclusion – Is a collectivist term which is not urging the use of good manners in welcoming and including everyone, it explicitly means recognizing only those traits that are approved of as being representative of a group (which is itself bigotted at best), and entails actively condemning any individual choices that vary from those ‘inclusive’ identities, and condemns other views and disagreement, as enabling ‘whiteness’, or worse.
, and finally,
- “commitment to establishing, supporting, and sustaining a culture of anti- racism districtwide“ – ‘anti-racism’ is an explicitly racist term, and racism, is something that an education should lead a student to understand to be a failure of thought and character, it is Not something that our schools should be indoctrinating them into believing and practicing.
- “We see you, we hear you, we are listening, and we are learning.” That implied endorsement of BLM – a group has come out in support of Communist Cuba against the Cuban people revolting against it, which is an organization that is avowedly opposed to the nuclear family, has no business being referenced by a school board, to say nothing of the avowedly Marxist and racist nature of its founders
If in their positions as members of the Francis Howell School District School Board, the members did not know this about the nature of the Resolution they posted on behalf of all those living in their district, they show an inexcusable negligence in their duties of overseeing the education of the students in their district. If they did know that, and signed off on it – presumably agreeing with its message – they are unworthy of the positions they hold.
But to borrow the phrase, we too see you, we also hear you, and we are most definitely listening to you and are learning exactly how deplorable your judgement and actions are, and it is my fervent hope that every parent in the FHSD will immediately withdraw their children from your schools, and that every taxpayer will move to see that FHSD is defunded in every manner possible, and will also do their damndest to end your tenure on this or any board.
Ken Gontarz, Info@FrancisHowellFamilies.Org, President!
Please send me an email at the above address. Would love to chat and tell you about our newly formed PAC to RID the Francis Howell School District of CRT.