Math is racial oppression and white babies are racist: $6 million federal grant a deliberate attempt to program wokeism into children

Math is racial oppression and white babies are racist: $6 million federal grant a deliberate attempt to program wokeism into children

Anna Miller
March 26, 2021
Anna Miller
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March 26, 2021

In a recent article, I posed the question, “Is Critical Race Theory coming to an elementary school near you?” 

The answer is yes. And deceptive groups want to use taxpayer dollars to ensure Critical 

Theory infiltrates not just elementary schools and pre-K programs but families’ homes, too. 

The Idaho House previously killed House Bill 226, a budget bill that would have given a $6 million federal grant to a non-profit education organization called the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (IDAEYC). 

Soon, the Legislature is set to reconsider giving this grant to the IDAEYC.

The grant, aimed at improving early childhood education, will be implemented by IDAEYC in partnership with several groups who have radical agendas. 

First, the IDAEYC will partner with the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) to “provide resources, information, and training for parents and librarians including purchasing sets of age appropriate books to enhance the inventory at small, rural libraries.” The ICfL was recently given a “welcoming libraries grant” to increase “equity, diversity and inclusion” in Idaho libraries. This sounds like a friendly cause, until one realizes these funds are being used to traffic books on Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, and Social Justice into libraries across Idaho and propagandize children with these pernicious and divisive ideas.

ICfL supports anti-bias education, an idea developed by the IDAEYC’s parent group the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) who is known for its book “Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves.” 

Anti-bias education peddles the idea that America is systemically and irredeemably racist and sexist; that white children, especially boys, are complicit in that racism and sexism; and educators must discriminate in their treatment of white and black, male and female students to erase perceived “biases.” 

ICfL provides a “Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books” by Louise Derman Sparks of Social Justice Books, who co-authored NAEYC’s well known book. The guide explains children need to be exposed to books that include “families with two dads or two moms” and “transgender adults and children.” For example, the group suggests reading to kids “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson et al. which is about homosexual penguins who adopt a baby penguin. 

The ICfL recommends the resource “Storytime Saves the World: Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion” by Soraya Silverman-Montana of Storytime Underground. Public libraries should make diversity and social justice displays and not celebrate holidays because many holidays have religious foundations and mothers/fathers day excludes LGBTQ families, according to Storytime Underground. 

ICfL provides a Diverse bookfinder resource which recommends reading “Sparkle Boy” by Leslea Newman to children. “Sparkle Boy” tells the fictional story of a little boy whose parents encourage him to crossdress in his sister’s “shimmery skirt,” and anyone who disagrees with encouraging “gender performances” by children should be perceived as “homophobic” or “transphobic.” 

Another recommendation is “Anti-Racist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi, which claims white babies are racists and black babies are born into a systemically and irredeemably racist America. The claim “babies are racist” comes from the repeatedly debunked pseudoscience known as implicit bias which claims to be capable of predicting behavior.

Idaho’s public libraries need to undergo “diversity audits” to make sure they have “enough” social justice books available for kids, according to ICfL. For example, classic books like “The Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingels Wilder need to be replaced with “The Birchbark House” by Louise Erdich because it is written from a Native American perspective rather than a white perspective.

Next, IDAEYC will work with Idaho STEM Action Center, in partnership with Boise State University (BSU), to bring instructional practices to early childhood education programs, families, and librarians throughout the state. Idaho STEM and BSU seek to align all aspects of their work, including “curriculum, teaching, and relationships with families,” with the NAEYC’s standards. 

The groups directly incorporate the NAEYC’s anti-bias education into their own instruction. For example, the groups instruct parents during home visits to construct “identity self portraits,” students draw self-portraits representing “areas of interest related to diversity, anti-bias or social justice,” an idea borrowed from Learning for Justice (formerly known as Teaching Tolerance!). This project idea is directly connected to anti-bias education, which was developed by the NAEYC, according to Learning for Justice. “The process of creating self-portraits … is central to the goals of anti-bias education” as it teaches children to associate themselves with a singular group identity. In other words, projects like this introduce children to identity politics. 

The BSU and Idaho Stem Action Center partnership emphasize fostering “Culturally Responsive” learners. What does “culturally responsive” mean? BSU cites activist Geneva Gay, who argues Culturally Responsive teaching must be used in classrooms to achieve the transformative agenda of social justice.

The development of Culturally Responsive or Anti-Racism education comes from the idea that racism is a white problem. White people convinced they are innocent of racism, a concept known as “white innocence,” need “Culturally Responsive” education to discount any views a white person expresses that do not make race and racism a central feature of their analysis of society, especially in any case of disparate outcomes. 

This form of indoctrination is essential to Critical Race Theorists consistent conclusion that all racially disparate outcomes are a result of systemic racism, and white people must admit their complicity in such discrimination. Creating “Culturally Responsive” children's classrooms, particularly in STEM or STEAM classes, is an idea promoted by the NAEYC too. For example, the NAEYC suggests it is productive to replace math lessons with discussions on Anti-Racism or Culturally Responsive topics.

It’s no coincidence that the IDAEYC has decided to partner with groups that align with the divisive Critical Theories peddled by their parent organization the NAEYC. The grant provides IDAEYC with strategic partnerships to carry out its mission to transform schools from institutions that exist to educate children into institutions dedicated to indoctrination.

When it comes to our children's education many parents will conclude that it's necessary and important for children to learn about issues like racism and sexism. We trust our educators to communicate truth to our kids so we can build a stronger society. This well-intentioned view misunderstands the goals of Critical Theory. Woke educators who adhere to Critical Social Justice, Queer theory and Race theory, desire to make sure children grow up not to think critically but to think only in terms of Critical Theories. For example, parents want their child to be taught how to do mathematics. Instead, woke educators teach kids how math maintains racial oppression. 

The ultimate purpose of Critical Theories is to rot a civilization from within. And it uses racism and sexism to do it. Thirty-four legislators previously voted in favor of infiltrating this rot into homes, communities, and schools. In the next vote, citizens will find out which lawmakers care to stop this unmitigated disaster.

This article has been updated. This revised version removes all references to the Early Learning Institute. 

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  • Bob holup says:

    Preschool education is called 'Parenting'.

  • Vaughn Jenks says:

    Where do you get this false paradigm.

  • Janice says:

    Does no one care about this at all??? God made us all different and there is no race or color that is better than another!! WHAT is going on??!

    • Jim King says:

      Oh do I care!
      And so do at least 80 million other Americans..... but this is a Marxist attempt to kill our republic... we must be vocal, at church, school meetings, social media, with friends- you’ll be surprised how many understand and are with us.
      The goal of the global NWO is to destroy us, because WE are the only ones standing in their way of true one world government.
      I don’t know if we can beat them...., but if we don’t I guarantee you a 666 existence, and it will be here fast.
      These just aren’t our democrat friends, these are Soros funded politicians/legislators/“professors” etc.
      We are in big trouble as a society, and a nation. Please accept that horrible fact and don’t stand on the sidelines- my God, especially if you’re raising kids!

    • Guest says:

      You are 100% correct! This is the most horrible thing to do to our children. We need home school not the filth that they are promoting!

  • msubobcats says:

    My disdain for those on the left grows more each day...

  • Linda says:

    This is the dumbest waste of money that Idaho could spend. Makes me so anger that the legislation does not use brains & common sense.

  • Mark says:

    Simple solution. ZERO taxpayer dollars should be given to ANY private group. PERIOD. Local schools need to go back to being Public schools instead of being government schools. Local schools. Should accept ZERO dollars from outside of the school district- no State or Federal funds of any kind. Only then can local schools reject any and all dictates from government as to the curriculum that will be taught.

  • Lexi says:

    Public schools were government indoctrination camps long before this ever happened. Our ancestors never should have let the government require by law that children attend govt schools. If parents send their kids to school because they “need a break” they are actively participating in child abuse by sending their child to 8 hours a day of government brainwashing, soul crushing, creativity stifling, linear thinking indoctrination camps where they also have a 40% chance of being molested or sexually violated. Sorry people, but you should have acted a long time ago. It’s too late to overturn the system because of the majority of citizens are sheep.

  • Jeff Shippy says:

    It’s amazing that in a state like Idaho we would have to be worried about our legislators. But we do, make no mistake we in this country are in a war for the minds of the people in our schools and universities. Idaho should be pretty straight forward, we won’t go there, you would think, not true. They state senate just voted for the higher education bill. A bill that is full of social justice funding, go figure. Absolutely unbelievable to see so many supposedly conservative Republican names with an aye behind it. Idahoans we really need to her in touch with these liberals and see if they are ready to do what they are elected to do. That would be to do what the people want done. Get in touch with your representatives that will answer your calls. Hopefully you have better luck on this than me. Mine won’t contact me.

    • Colette L Wagner says:

      I have written several emails to my Rep. No response at all. Time to find new people to put in their places right now. I would run if it wasn't for the fact we travel in and out of the state for a living. We need people to step up.

      • Scott says:

        The problem is that your "rep" is not actually your "rep.". You see no matter if you are left or right, the people that keep receiving votes don't give 2 sh*ts about you. They will tell you that they do, but in reality they don't. So stop blaming the people that get elected and start blaming those who elect them. If you want to make a change, send your message with your vote. Quit expecting an elected official to answer to you. You voted for them, you told them to "represent" you, and thus you gave them the power to act like complete dumb ass*s.

  • Spike says:

    Sounds like the Dem's trying to step on the third rail. Just maby this time they will fry, hopefully . And we can get back to our lives.

  • Colette L Wagner says:

    I thought they stopped this crap cold. How could it be coming back around? Wen need to end this stuff in our schools. We need to hold BSU accountable. Pull their funding. I saw this when I was at BSU in the '90's. We need to take back our schools. Stop the indoctrination.

  • Mary says:

    Perfect reason why vouchers are necessary. Parents can then send their children to schools that actually teach what is imperative to succeed in life.

  • Al says:

    Ms Miller, Betsy Russell's article in the April 6 edition of the Press Tribune describes several factual errors in your allegations about this grant, including attributing ties between the grant and a national organization called Early Learning Institute, which has nothing to do with the grant. Do you stand by your factual (not opinion) assertions here or are the assertions by those mentioned in the article in error?

  • Betty says:

    "God has given His children moral agency—the power to decide and to act. The most desirable condition for the exercise of that agency is maximum freedom for men and women to act according to their individual choices." Dallin H. Oaks (2021)

    We should allow freedom of choices for Idaho's families--even choices with which we may not agree. This is our moral obligation in a free democratic republic.

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