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Little vs. DeSantis: Only one governor is working to stop the indoctrination of America’s youth

Little vs. DeSantis: Only one governor is working to stop the indoctrination of America’s youth

Wayne Hoffman
June 30, 2021
Wayne Hoffman
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June 30, 2021

I spent the first 12 years of my life in rural Florida, where my best friend was a black boy from Trinidad. Like most other children, the two of us didn’t talk about race or fret about our obvious differences. That’s despite having grown up in the South, where segregation was hardly a distant memory. We just enjoyed playing together and nerding out over old episodes of “Star Trek.”

How times have changed.

For longer than many have realized, the Left has been quietly working to indoctrinate young minds into believing that our country is built on discrimination. They say all of America’s institutions and ideas like private property, capitalism, and constitutionally-protected rights are racist at their core and must be replaced. This is the social justice agenda, now being elevated through much-discussed critical theories that advocates want to use to teach children to view themselves as either oppressed or oppressors.

The time to rescue a generation of young Americans from this indoctrination is now. We must remind them that our foundational principles are the ones that have made America the greatest country on earth where opportunities abound for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Everyone plays a role in saving our country, and some roles are bigger than others. Gov. Brad Little has a big role—he appoints seven of the eight members of the State Board of Education (SBOE). However, Little’s SBOE has done nothing to stop the infusion of critical race theory in our state’s education system. In fact, members of Little’s SBOE falsely claim there’s no evidence of critical race theory or social justice indoctrination in the public schools, colleges, and universities the board oversees. 

The board sat in quiet approval as the presidents of Boise State University, the University of Idaho, and Idaho State University said they would disregard the Legislature’s budget for higher education. Signed into law by Little, the budget cuts $2.5 million from social justice programs in higher education. The board, along with ex-officio member and state education superintendent Sherri Ybarra, refused to participate in Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s task force investigating indoctrination in Idaho’s schools. 

Now, the SBOE is working to make sure that the higher education system views everything through a diversity, inclusion, and equity lens. Maybe that’s to be expected of a board that claims it’s working to bring Idaho into a “new progressive era.” 

Which brings me back to my birth state of Florida, where my best friend was a black kid from Trinidad. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has aggressively pushed back against critical race theory and the social justice crusaders of his state. He’s enlisted his board of education to the cause, which has taken steps to make sure that Florida’s education system isn’t used as a brainwashing tool of the Left. Florida has put in place new standards to ensure that schoolchildren understand the real history of their country, not the New York Times’ fictionalized 1619 Project version of it.

Little takes every moment he can to tout how conservative he is. He’s cut taxes, signed bills to protect life and guns, and he’s sent out the requisite occasional press releases bashing Joe Biden. That’s not good enough. Little needs to step up and speak out. He’ll either help stop the indoctrination of America’s youth, as DeSantis is trying to do, or he’ll be an accomplice in keeping it going.

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  • Mark Foels says:

    Gov. Little is an embarrassment. His failures with the Scamdemic response and his feckless milquetoast response to progressive education agenda is pathetic. Time for Idaho to put all Rinos out to pasture.

  • Dan Foreman says:

    Don’t count on Little to join the fight. He’s no conservative, and he is not going to do a thing to stop the race-based indoctrination in our schools. Likewise you can write off the board of education. They are a leftist group largely responsible for the pathetic Marxist propaganda found in our public schools and universities. We really cannot expect the liberal/progressive/Marxist bunch to clean up their own mess. It is time to boot them all out of office for cause and replace them with intelligent, patriotic Americans who believe in this Nation’s founding principles. We the people have had enough of these liberal misfits and malcontents and their efforts to brainwash our students.

  • Jim Childs says:

    CRT is happening right here at Filer Elementary School. I sent proof to our local State Senator and Representatives and cc’ to IFF via email but received absolutely no response from any of them.

    • Al says:

      What was going on there? The kids were being taught to be shamed that they were white? What was it?

  • BryanC says:

    Wayne, y’all miss the mark.
    What truly is occurring is the dismantling of what was once this Christian Nation, while never without flaws, once of moral values that prohibited the repugnant and repulsive nature of progressive socialism’s Godless welfare state that is become the “norm”.

  • Betty Twitchell says:

    As a 90-year old grandmother and great-grandmother, I am appalled by the evident lack of concern evidenced by so many people to the dangers of all these progressive Markist ideas. I am especially worried about the influence of these ideas on our young children. Governor Little would do well to study Gov. DeSantis's approach.

  • Tom Humphries says:

    Little a conservative? He doesn't know how to spell it. Long gone are the days of relying upon voting for a candidate in with an R by his name on the ballot in idaho and feeling confident he or she has the ideas and values that represent you.

  • John G Barratt says:

    Wayne, thank you for publishing this article. I would appreciate it if you would publish a list of everyone in the legislature that has voted for having CRT in our education curriculum. Include "Appointees" of boards or comities. Again Thank You. IFF provides a gust of fresh air.

  • Mark Sparling says:

    You’re simply advocating for indoctrinating Idaho’s children using white-washed, cherry-picked curriculum that supports your narrow views. I don’t support using CRT, and thus far no evidence exists of Idaho schools using it in classrooms. I believe Idaho students deserve to learn critical thinking, which requires exposure to diverse data and having them use analytical skills to make decisions. Post-pandemic, we need to support public schools and teachers as much as possible, not perform witch hunts.

  • Crusty says:

    Make America Florida!

  • KJ says:

    Little is working for the Chinese for the destruction of our country.
    A man is known by his actions, what he stands for and Little stands for himself. Has he been blackmailed? Who knows. He had his picture taken with that Chinese spy and I can only imagine what led to that.

    In conclusion, one must consider that Little has been compromised not by a picture but by his actions. He stands for nothing.

  • Josh says:

    I believe little is a good man and means well but he doesn't have the spine for this we need Bundy or McGeachin at this point.

  • Bee says:

    Brad LITTLE 'r' needs to be replaced.
    BTW, Rep. Heather Scott is a STRONG Conservative and has a great newsletter. She keeps a super watch on the political antics. i.e. nami is g the so called Repiblican Senators that align with the Democrats to work against our freedoms.




  • Jim Childs says:

    IFF I know you got my email I sent to Representatives Clark Kauffman and cc’d to Senator Patrick and Representative Lickley concerning CRT indoctrination at an elementary school in the Filer, Idaho school district. If you are so concerned about the BS going on why haven’t you responded to my email or helped to make this public?

  • Al says:

    Cannot diversity , inclusion and equity be even discussed in a classroom without calling people oppressed or oppressors based on their race? If so, then how is it CRT?
    Why are nonsensical absolutes driving the rhetoric here?

  • Bee says:

    H/t: Bobby (www.freedomman.org)

    Here’s the dream team for 2022:
    Governor - Ammon Bundy to replace Brad Little
    Lieutenant Governor - Priscilla Giddings to fill slot left by Janice McGeachin
    Attorney General - Raul Labrador to replace Lawrence Wasden
    Senate - Janice McGeachin to replace Mike Crapo
    Senate - Brian Smith to replace Jim Risch
    Congress - Heather Scott to replace Mike Simpson
    Congress - Ed Humphreys to replace Russ Vulture

  • David and Jubilee says:

    Curious what others think about the different candidates that want to run for governor of Idaho. I saw a fb add for Humphries that sounded great. Is there a place we can get information/facts on different potential candidates?

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