Idaho charter school pushed BLM, anti-gun propaganda on second-graders

Idaho charter school pushed BLM, anti-gun propaganda on second-graders

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Anna Miller
April 26, 2021
Anna Miller
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April 26, 2021

A public charter school in Garden City pushed activism on second-grade children by telling them to create “protest signs promoting social justice.”

The picketing signs featuring Black Lives Matter fist symbols are hung across the walls of Future Public School. The signs, written by seven-year-olds under the instruction of adults, have messages like, “From now on I can change gun laws, by protest at the capitol to make people safe,” and, “right now in our city I will speak up for Black Lives.”

A teacher at the school leaked that students were also shown a cartoon video promoting Black Lives Matter, an organization with self-described Marxist leaders and political goals. Set to a cheerful tune, the video features BLM fists and logos, cartoon images of a white child being mean to a black child, and encourages children to be hyper aware of race.  

A letter from an eight-year-old to President Joe Biden advocating for stricter gun laws is posted on the school’s Facebook page. It is unclear whether or not the images shared on the Facebook page were the result of a school assignment. Another sign held by a child reads, “I can help to change gun laws in the community by protesting at the capital in the future!” and features a drawing of a gun with an “X” marked across it. A third image reads, “I made a poster like this at my school.” 

Acclimating young children to organizing and participating in activism for progressive social justice causes is the goal of these classroom activities, not education.

The school’s Facebook page encourages parents and families to use an EmbraceRace.org resource that argues racism begins in the cradle. Babies show signs of racism at three months old, the resource says, and by five, “white children…are biased in favor of whiteness.”

Another recommended reading for children is “Antiracist Baby” by Critical Race Theorist Ibram X. Kendi. The picture book packages CRT so that it's easily digestible for little kids and teaches children to hate white people.

Parents are encouraged to read the adult version of Kendi’s book, “How to Be an Anti-Racist,” which advocates for a massive and indefinite expansion of discrimination against white people.  

“The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination,” explains Kendi. 

Future Charter School’s mission is clear: It is committed to anti-racism and the tenets of social justice ideology including diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anti-racism, a term coined by Kendi, is the idea that racism is a white problem. According to Future Charter School, equity is defined as “acknowledging the reality and roots of structural inequity.” The school achieves equity in the classroom by using “Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Domains of Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action,” which “are not separate or additional to…core curricula, they are the foundation.” This curriculum focuses on anti-bias education which places social significance in racial categories and teaches children to affirm a group identity based on their race or sex.

The curriculum is based on Louise Derman-Sparks work on anti-bias education, who coauthored the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s well-known book “Anti Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves.” Derman-Sparks’ work is based on her idea that “all whites benefit to some extent from their racial privilege” and “by the preschool years, white children begin to learn the power codes of racism and to develop internalized racial superiority… from adults in their lives.”

Woke educators, in part, see their job as leveling cultural differences, grouping students into categories based on their immutable characteristics, and equalizing those students' outcomes. 

However, the greatest disparity in educational outcomes is closely associated with social class. Stanford professor Sean Reardon has shown that the class gap in academic achievement is twice the size of the race gap, which is the reverse of what it was 50 years ago. 

Administrators could pursue strategies that help students of all races by discovering and fostering the cultural traits and practices that lead to academic success across all groups. 

Instead, administrators are focusing on creating division among students by suggesting their inborn traits are determinant of their status in society and wasting time that could be spent on reading, writing, or arithmetic rather than creating picketing signs about social justice and other progressive causes.  

Parents who send their children to Future Public School likely expect their children to develop engineering skills and become critical thinkers. Instead, woke educators lead children into the cult of antiracism and sex and gender victimology otherwise known as social justice.

Idaho's education lobby organizations can claim all they want that indoctrination is not happening in our state's public schools. But the proof is everywhere, and parents should not assume their local schools are immune to the trend of progressive dogma politicizing their child’s education just because certain special interest groups refuse to admit it is happening. 

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  • Andi says:

    This is absolutely disgusting and disappointing!! Parents need to start standing up to their school boards, principals and teachers. This marxist behavior needs to stop!! I'm currently standing up to our school board. Save the children.

  • Mary says:

    How can you have equitable education for all by removing the ability to believe in the image of who we were were created in and replacing it with self? This is one reason why I homeschool.

  • Don says:

    Good grief we are surrounded. Already pulled my kids and got them enrolled in private school. Gonna hurt financially but will sacrifice to protect them as best I can since I it legislators won’t.

  • Pamela says:

    This is horrific... why not teach all children to learn basics so they can excel in this nation... activism isn’t going to get them a job. Very sad.

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Pamela, this is a STEM school: Science Technology Engineering & Math (how’s that for basics?). And some kids (likely through their parents) have opinions on social issues. Does this mean they are Unemployed ANTIFA? I mean come on let’s get a grip. You are all falling for this divisive crap. It’s not true! We are all just trying to raise our kids the best we know how and hopefully make this world a better place for EVERYONE.

  • Liz Gossi says:

    All you have to do is look at their website....it’s splashed everywhere! Do your research!! It’s not rocket science.

  • Parent says:

    Let me guess... non of you have children who are students here?
    None of you have non-white children?

    Educate yourself on the FACTS before you make ignorant judgements.

    • Lana M Galbraith says:

      It's appalling regardless of the color of anyone's children's skin. I have four bi-racial nieces who are appalled and offended by this type of curriculum. Teaching children they are either oppressors or victims creates a greater divide...

    • Tasha says:

      Exactly!! Don’t like it- don’t send your kids to Future then. It’s that simple.

    • Janet says:

      Future sounds like the curriculum is oppose America and the citizens within it . Social skills should be taught by parents and family.

    • Rick Rund says:

      I notice you post as anonymous. Please inform us all as to YOUR facts

    • H Fors says:

      You're on the wrong site. You're looking for CNN.com

  • Bryan says:

    My two sons are students at Future Public School. I’ve always found their priorities and curriculum to be excellent. My sons are regularly encouraged to be thoughtful and form their own opinions.

  • SAM says:

    This is no less than the playbook of Marxist communism. Sovereign citizens must stand up for your civil liberties. Get involved by becoming a precinct committee member in your county. Visit [email protected] and they are happy to help you learn what to do. Two hours a month is all you will sacrifice to change politics in your county. Stand for Freedom for all!

  • John says:

    As a parent of a student at this school, I am surprised by this article. My 2nd grader was not requested to do a social justice project. Rather, they were given their power to use their freedom of speech to find a way to make the world a better place. As a Christian I was pleased to hear about their assignment. I do not believe this school promotes a "social justice" agenda as indicated in this article.

  • Brandy Steele says:

    Why would we not want our children to learn about equity, inclusion and social justice? How can you get more "BASIC" than fostering empathy in education? It's 2021 Idaho, get with the times.

  • Becky says:

    Simmer down, you dont have to send your kids to Future. But those of us who do see what a wonderful school it is. The administrators are amazing and work hard to support every child and provide not only a great education but also a community of parents, teachers, and students who are all valued and respected. This article is pure misinformation intended to spark fear and create division.

  • Tasha says:

    You should be ashamed of yourselves for publishing such inaccurate content that suggests teachers are pushing this narrative onto the Engineers at Future. The reason all of us parents send our kids to Future is so they can have a fantastic STEM education AND learn about social injustices. We aren’t interested in your version of White Washed history. If you don’t like it- don’t send your kids there. Simple as that.

  • Grace says:

    That's funny considering the child who made this poster at the top of the article has terrible house training that I told my child to stop hanging around him as he was a bad influence who learns disgusting sexual words and teaches his friends those words. And this project was not anything like you are making it out to be. We have these discussions at our dinner table so that our children aren't learning them anywhere else. Educate your children because our world is evolving whether you like it or not.

  • Jennifer says:

    Future is truly diverse and allows for diversity in thinking. We love this school.

  • Justin says:

    Wow, how utterly uninformed you Anna. Like you are so wrong not a thing you said was correct. I have a child who has attended future public school since it’s opening, I am hugely involved in field trips with my stepson, never once have I heard a teacher talk about firearms, I am a huge supporter of the 2nd amendment, and believe gun rights are a human right. The future public curriculum is not a “woke” curriculum as you so incorrectly claim it is STEM, their are students from our growing refugee community who are encouraged to share their cultures, not to indoctrinate but to help students to understand their classmates. I know the IFF bills itself as a libertarian group, sadly that is not the case, again and again you try to control what is said in our schools and our communities. If you do not like it don’t take part, after all NAP is the founding principal of modern libertarianism. IFF is not a libertarian group but instead pushes for neoconservative authoritarianism. Anna your article is disgusting, you are disgusting and need to spend a long time focusing on why your this way.

  • Parent says:

    All I see is a school promoting equity, independent thought, community oriented thinking, and giving children an opportunity to share their hopes for a just world. I would have reservations for any school that fails to instill these opportunities and practices. Fear mongering and labeling these things as Marxist is an insult to the intelligence of your readers.

  • Parent 2 says:

    As a Veteran and Libertarian I am appalled at your intentionally misleading reporting. Students were given the option of writing about the topic of their choosing. Future is a very diverse school. Naturally BLM is an important issue to some of the students and so students chose to write about that topic. Did you report on the variety of other topics that students chose to write about? No? Because you know it doesn't fit your agenda. This piece is a poorly constructed misinformation campaign and you should be ashamed of it.

    The IFF - lawyers in favor of an uneducated Idaho since 2009

  • Guest says:

    What's wrong with being anti-racist? God created everyone in his own image. We should love our neighbors as ourselves.

  • Craiteachan says:

    I have had a child in this school since the day it was opened and I can 100% say that they are NOT teaching against whites or any of this other crap this author is stating. they are, have been, and will continue to be about inclusion and DIVERSITY of all people. These students had a choice to do whatever they wanted, aka FREE SPEECH. These kids got most of these ideas likely at HOME and not at the school. My child hadn't even heard of most of this stuff that was displayed so for anyone trying to say anything, you have no right unless you've actually interacted with the amazing staff and students there. I'll guarantee they're all more loving and accepting than anyone spreading these lies and other crap.

  • Cheryl says:

    This just makes me SICK!! We have to Stop this crap in our state now! Stop, Stop, STOP IT!

  • Jenn says:

    IFF attacking a science school for being “woke”. Y’all are So libertarian until people have different opinions. *Miller is an “author” not a journalist. Lots more creative freedoms when you aren’t held accountable to the facts: this article is plain incorrect.

  • Moose7110 says:

    We as parents need to get active in what is going on in our schools and communities. Attend school board meetings, city council meetings. We need to voice our opinions and ensure those whom we elect share our same ideas. I cannot help but think if we do not take action now, we will find us living in the “frog and boiling water” scenario.

  • CHRISTOPHER HARPER says:

    Like I have said, to most people, Black Lives DO NOT MATTER! Why else would this be such a horrible thing? "Propaganda" smh
    #ilovemyblackfolk

  • Patricia S says:

    Babies show signs of racism at three months old, the resource says, and by five, “white children…are biased in favor of whiteness.” WHAT?????

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