On Friday, former President Donald Trump slammed critical race theory and President Biden’s priory to "divide our country by race and gender at every turn," in a commentary provided to Real Clear Politics.
"There is no clearer example than the Biden administration’s new effort aimed at indoctrinating America’s schoolchildren with some of the most toxic and anti-American theories ever conceived," wrote Trump. "It is vital for Americans to understand what this initiative would do, what drives it and, most importantly, how we can stop it."
Trump states that the "America-blaming left" has been pushing a negative view of America for decades, which has progressed from "telling children that their history is evil to telling Americans that they are evil."
He slammed the "twisted doctrine" that is critical race theory, adding that it is "completely antithetical to everything that normal Americans of any color would wish to teach their children."
"Instead of helping young people discover that America is the greatest, most tolerant, and most generous nation in history, it teaches them that America is systemically evil and that the hearts of our people are full of hatred and malice," wrote Trump. "Far from advancing the beautiful dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. -- that our children should “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” - the left’s vile new theory preaches that judging people by the color of their skin is actually a good idea."
Trump added that "teaching even one child these divisive messages would verge on psychological abuse. Indoctrinating generations of children with these extreme ideas is not just immoral -- it is a program for national suicide."
Trump criticized the teachings of the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which he states that "The Times has described the goal of its endeavor as the “re-education” of the American people, and the project even includes a lesson plan that encourages students to practice “erasing” parts of the Declaration of Independence."
He also denounced President Biden’s order to abolish the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission that Trump had created "to honor America’s founding principles."
Trump outlines in his commentary seven reforms that parents who "oppose this insanity" should be demeaning from schools and lawmakers.
The first would prevent taxpayer dollars going towards funding school districts or workplaces that teach critical race theory, which he says "inherently violates existing anti-discrimination laws." Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, in addition to other states have already passed or taken steps to pass such laws preventing so.
"Second, each state should create its own 1776 Commission to examine the public school curriculum and ensure that students are receiving a patriotic, pro-American education — not being taught that the United States is an evil nation," wrote Trump.
Trump said that parents have the right to transparency in what classrooms are teaching their children.
"Last year, many parents had the chance to routinely listen in on classes for the first time because of remote learning. As students return to the classroom, states need to pass laws requiring that all lesson plans have to be made available to parents — every handout, article, and reading should be posted on an online portal that allows parents to see what their kids are being taught," said Trump.
Trumps stated that parents need to "organize locally" to fight back against "'Action Civics’ and other versions of the effort to contort traditional civics education into a vehicle for political indoctrination."
"The left’s new argument is that our 'divisions' stem from a lack of 'civics education' — a problem they intend to “fix” with lots of new taxpayer money and a redefinition of 'civics' in schools, just as they are trying to redefine the meaning of 'infrastructure.'" wrote Trump.
He added that these programs are "Common Core all over again -- but much more extreme. And like Common Core, parents must unite to stop this new federal power grab."
He advocated that parents who object to what their kids are learning should be issued an automatic voucher for another school of choice. "The government has no right to brainwash students with controversial ideologies against their parents’ will," said Trump.
Trump urged states to "take back control of their schools of education and credentialing bodies to ensure they are not churning out radicalized teachers," adding that while most teachers are "the selfless and wonderful people there are," some may not be aware of their own degree of indoctrination through their education.
"States should set up alternative credentialing bodies that can certify great teachers who know how to instill a sense of love for America. School districts can then make it a priority to hire teachers with these certifications, especially for English, history, and social studies roles," said Trump.
Finally, Trump said that states need to "break the tenure monopoly in public K-12 schools," adding that while tenure was originally well-intentioned to protect good teachers, it has "turned into a mechanism to protect incompetent teachers who themselves wield undue political influence over our children."
"Make no mistake: The motive behind all of this left-wing lunacy is to discredit and eliminate the greatest obstacles to the fundamental transformation of America. To succeed with their extreme agenda, radicals know they must abolish our attachment to the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and most of all, Americans’ very identity as a free, proud, and self-governing people. The left knows that if they can dissolve our national memory and identity, they can gain the total political control they crave," Trump said, concluding that "A nation is only as strong as its spirit. For our children, we must act before it is too late."
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