Teachers, parents, and kids need Idaho lawmakers to stop public school indoctrination

Teachers, parents, and kids need Idaho lawmakers to stop public school indoctrination

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Wayne Hoffman
May 1, 2021
Wayne Hoffman
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May 1, 2021

Idaho education officials are being dishonest when they say there’s no evidence of leftist indoctrination in our public schools and universities. They’re also being dishonest when they claim that the newly-signed House Bill 377 prevents critical race theory from being taught. 

The legislation is certainly helpful. It says that students can no longer be compelled to “personally affirm, adopt, or adhere” to a doctrine of hate that is embodied in critical race theory. Despite media reports to the contrary, the new law does not ban teaching CRT, nor does it ban teachers from being trained in how to treat some students as victims of systemic racism. 

As the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Anna K. Miller discovered, so-called “culturally responsive teaching” is baked into Idaho’s rules for teacher certification. Those rules might explain why Idaho’s teacher certification requirements demand educators promote social justice. It probably also explains why some schools in Idaho are openly recruiting teachers who are social justice warriors. 

The alphabet soup of education lobby organizations in Idaho—the ones running around claiming there’s nothing to see here when it comes to indoctrination—have been steeped in this stuff for years. 

The Idaho Education Association labor union has for years hosted workshops on the idea that our schools are hotbeds of “institutional racism.” The union promised the National Education Association a few years ago that it would “train and educate” teachers “to become active racial and social justice advocates.” 

The NEA has held the Idaho Education Association as a poster child for what it takes to combat systemic racism, noting that the union has made promises that it would hold racial awareness trainings, build book lists for classrooms, curriculum, and libraries, and to have their ideas incorporated into school policies and negotiations. 

During the school year that’s underway, Idaho teachers continued to hold workshops on social justice, in which they talked about how to infuse critical race theory and culturally responsive training into Idaho classrooms. Such trainings included materials from the radical left’s Southern Poverty Law Center and its “Learning for Justice” project.

Caught in the middle are our teachers, many of whom don’t want to have anything to do with this leftist garbage. These teachers are good people who simply want to teach kids to read, write, and do math. Most teachers say they’re being drowned out and silenced by special interest groups and a government education system that has been building to this point for many years. 

The consequence is that many kids go to school to learn that they should hate America. Students are being taught that our institutions are racist and that certain people are privileged and others are disadvantaged. They’re being taught that children need to judge others based on the color of their skin. They’re told that they’re either a “victim” or an ”oppressor.” They go home with the knowledge that they are part of the problem. 

House Bill 377 is a start, but it clearly is not enough. Idaho parents, teachers, and students need more help. They need the state Legislature to step up. Lawmakers need to go all the way and put an end to the leftist indoctrination happening in our schools. 

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  • Lara says:

    I’m not sure if you’re even more delusional than the morons in the “ freedom foundation”, or if you’re just a Nazi like they are, but I am sure you’re an entitled, privileged, bigot

    • Al says:

      The biggest problem here is the twisting of well-intentioned acts and exaggerating their occurrences. God demands justice and directs us to fight against oppression. See, eg,Micah 6:8 and Isaiah 1:17. That includes people of color. So when people acknowledge our history of oppressing them, far-right radical clais its "critical race theory", accuse us of communism, marxism, wokeism, basically throwing labels at people who mean well and are actually trying to do Gods work, but distort facts and confuse and inflame people to think evil is afoot.
      It is well-known that culture wars drive up campaign funds for political parties more than any other issue. It incistes divisiveness, loyalty and, most importantly, money. We know IFF was hurting for money during COVID because wayne hoffman said so, blaming govt shutdowns for IFF's desperateness to go against principles and take govt funds. Coulf this be the reason IFF has basically abandoned all traditional libertarian issues and has thrown all its propaganda efforts into this culture war?

    • CAD says:

      Apparently we are just smarter than you, to see through this racist garbage going on, on the left. Your go to is to call names with the same talking points as the people that are dividing our country. Communism has NO place in America! Skin color doesn’t matter but your character should. Are you a good and honest person? That’s what should matter.

      • guest says:

        I moved my grandchildren out of a Leftist state that teaches this garbage. Divide and conquer is their endgame. The teachers unions, colleges are invasive and where better to start then with our children.

  • CAD says:

    “Good Intentions” and “Gods Work” you got to be kidding me. You have fell for the Soros funded Color Revolution BS. Critical Race Theory is part of the division in America and you indoctrinating fools have fell for it. Commie Scumbags is all they are. We must fight for good old fashion American values and teach Pro-American policies.

    • Al says:

      Well, c'est la vie. Just take waynes word for it. Everyone opposed to his view is "dishonest", as he points out in about half his articles. So throw me in that category.

  • Bee says:

    "TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND KIDS NEED IDAHO LAWMAKERS TO STOP PUBLIC SCHOOL INDOCTRINATION"

    Have to disagree on that one. Parents need to give up their lattes and other excesses (newest car, Razzor, bigger house, etc.) and stop using the archaic brainwashing places for babysitting while they climb the corporate ladder. Homeschool your children or use a homeschool coop, or distance learn everything until STEM (and THAT can be done through internships).

  • Hope says:

    There is no stopping our young people from unity. They are smarter and more culturally informed. America is inclusive and multicultural. The great majority of American children are respectful, decent, and love naturally. It’s the parents raising children that need to learn how to raise tolerant and respectful children. We will never return to an “all white America” where others were invisible, suppressed and lynched. Thank goodness for teachers that teach love all and respect all. This article is not accurate.

  • Bradley W. Bingham says:

    I have not been told to teach these topics. While I agree that we can go to the extremes of anything, I also believe that this group in the name of freedom has gone to the far right in their articles. I have great teachers that want and do stay out of anything related to this topic and because both sides are now hatted by the left and the right. I am so tired of, "If you are not for us, you are against us" attitude. Please stop creating more issues for the majority of teachers.

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