Schools awaken sleeping giant as parents fight back against woke education

Parents across the country oppose widespread left-wing ideology in schools - with such frequency that opposition to certain aspects of public education is becoming a national movement.
In the last weeks of the school year before the summer vacation, dramatic scenes at school council meetings and rowdy neighborhood events have become an integral part of a movement that is characterized by intense emotions on both sides.
Much of the opposition focused on critical racial theory - a term that has now embraced a wide range of curriculum changes that teach students to see themselves and others through the glasses of race.
But parents and even older students are resisting a variety of efforts by schools to impose an ideological agenda, from passing transgender policies to removing holiday names from the calendar.
Loudoun County, Virginia has become a microcosm of fighting left-wing activism in the classroom; A school council meeting on Tuesday night erupted as parents aggressively opposed a new policy requiring teachers to use the preferred pronouns of transgender students allowed to play on sports teams of the gender they identify with.
Parents in the affluent suburb of Washington, DC, organized this year under the banner of a group, Fight for Schools, which fiercely opposed the adoption of a critical racial theory curriculum in the school system as well as guidelines from other liberal organizations.
Ian Prior, executive director of Fight for School and a Loudoun County's parent, said he attributes the explosion of activism against liberal education policies to the months of virtual learning that most students experienced.
"The pandemic allowed people, parents, to see behind the curtain what their children were learning and how they were educated," Prior told the Washington Examiner.
"People saw things in their students' virtual learning or heard from their students that they were being taught about white fragility and white privilege and the oppressor versus the oppressed, and parents started doing their homework."
A man is arrested after a discussion of Critical Race Theory and transgender students broke out during a meeting of the Loudoun County School Board in Ashburn, Virginia, United States, on June 22, 2021. REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein Evelyn Hockstein / REUTERS
In Loudoun County, parents have focused on a strategy that is starting to revitalize local political parties across the country: fire school board members in elections. Loudoun parents organized a recall for some board members who they say they targeted some parents on social media for their opposition to critical racial theory.
In Southlake, Texas, opponents of liberal politics in suburban Dallas schools won the school council elections after holding a race that focused almost entirely on stopping left-wing curricula.
LOUDOUN SCHOOL BOARD MEETING breaks out over critical racial theory and transgender content, two arrests
Racized lesson plans, transgender sports demands, and a host of other issues have brought together an often diverse coalition of parents - many of whom began their anti-school activism during the struggle to reopen classrooms during the pandemic.
"The overall theme that ties all of these issues together is school authorities who have special interests and a handful of allied activists driving the agenda that is emerging in our schools," said Prior.
"I will be the first to admit parents have been dropping the ball for years," he added.
“This happened under our own noses, and whether it is distraction, apathy, or focusing on other issues that may not be as relevant to our daily lives as the things going on in the national political ecosystem - we have us weren't the guardians of our school systems that we had to be, and it took a pandemic, but now there has been an awakening. "
The movement has sparked contempt among some leftists who accuse opponents of misunderstanding critical racial theory or trying to prevent contextualized history from being taught in the classroom.
But the subject of left ideology in schools has the potential to take politics to a higher level than the school board races, given the intensity of the emotions that surround it and the widespread interest it has generated in recent weeks.
Local gatherings where parents emerge against liberal movements in their children's schools are increasingly becoming headline-grabbing events.
For example, one in Randolph, New Jersey, became a national story this week after parents successfully pressured school boards to reverse a decision to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar over concerns about the naming of Columbus Day do.
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Tags: News, Critical Racial Theory, Education, Virginia, Schools, School Openings, Texas, New Jersey, Woke Culture
Original Author: Sarah Westwood
Original setting: Schools wake sleeping giants, while parents defend themselves against woken up education

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