Virginia County to Teach Kindergartners About Slavery
Move over ABC’s.
An education policy expert criticized a Virginia county that said it is working with the Southern Poverty Law Center to develop a new curriculum that would introduce slavery to kindergarten students.
“Students aren’t prepared when they’re five years old to develop a nuanced sense of history and political processes, and pros and cons of different side effects, and unintended consequences,” Max Eden, the expert from the Manhattan Institute, told the Washington Free Beacon. He said it is clear that the goal is to push the “meta-political narrative” and try to compel students to believe that America is evil and you must follow the “leftist idea of…how we need to overturn power in society.”
The theory that schools in the U.S. have become a bastion of indoctrination for young people has been growing in conservative circles. Many see the recent violent protests and the entire Black Lives Matter movement as an example of the country becoming one big college campus.
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The Free Beacon report said that Loudoun County, which is a suburb of Washington, D.C., said it is essential that the wrongs of slavery are taught to students at a young age and “sugarcoating or ignoring slavery until later grades makes students more upset by or even resistant to true stories about American history.”
In 2016, Scholastic.com ran a column about teaching slavery to young students. The author said that conversations about skin color begins in preschool and mentioned that Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a child psychologist and “race relations expert,” mentioned that she would speak to her son about slavery when he was four years old.
A teacher, who did not want to be identified in the report because she would no doubt be fired and publicly shamed, said that discussions about slavery usually begin in the fourth grade and the push to discuss slavery before a child can even read is likely motivated by politics.
“They’re pointing out that there’s ‘whiteness’ and ‘blackness’ and that’s crazy. We never taught about that in school…. We learn about how to get along with one another and be kind and respect others. But now, with this new curriculum that they’re adding, it’s going to do the total opposite,” she told the Free Beacon.