Schools across the country are undertaking a "Week of Action" created by Black Lives Matter at School, which calls for, amongst other demands, the "disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics."
According to Fox News, the week of action began on Monday in several schools across the nation, implementing activist-based curriculum preaching controversial ideas.
The week of action's starter kit published to the BLM at School website lists four national demands for the organization. These four demands are: end "zero tolerance" discipline and implement restorative justice, hire more black teachers, mandate black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum, and Fund counselors not cops.
The organization encourages "all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year."
The week also centers its teachings around "the thirteen guiding principles of Black Lives Matter," which includes topics like restorative justice, and "black villages," a term the state "is the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the 'collective village' that takes care of each other. Black Women is the building of women-centered spaces free from sexism, misogyny, and male-centeredness."
The starter guide includes a list of resources for teachers, aimed at school aged kids from kindergarten to 12th grade.
In the "purpose" section of the guide, they list a number of questions frequently asked by educators and others, one of which questions whether the teachings are age appropriate.
"Issues of equity and fairness are important in all aspects of all our lives, and in each of our classrooms. Having students of all ages discuss and process these deep issues at their own level, using grade-appropriate materials, strengthens their critical thinking abilities and provides them with the opportunity to be fully-engaged learners," they wrote.
They also advocate for taking time out of math and science classes if the teachings cannot be incorporated "to talk about how students are doing and feeling about the world around them. If we view students as humans first, and learners second, it's possible to see value in carving out necessary time to engage with our kids around the work of social change, organizing, and building power in the world that we live in."
"Isn't it my job is to expose students to different viewpoints, not take sides in the classroom?" another question asks.
"Indeed! This is a great opportunity to design lessons that encourage thoughtful discussion and formation of informed opinions. We also want to point out that not addressing these issues in the classroom is a political statement, one that students can pick up on," they said.
"Most rational thinkers agree that public schools should not be home to political activism, from any side of the political divide, but public schools across America, from Boston to Seattle, have opened their doors for activist teachings from the divisive Black Lives Matter political organization," Parents Defending Education vice president of investigations Asra Nomani said in a statement to Fox News.
"Under the cover of a week of action, called 'Black Lives Matter at School,' children as young as five years old are being trained how to be political activists," Nomani continued. "What we are witnessing is state-sponsored political indoctrination, using coloring books, downloadable slide shows and contests to teach a next generation 'social justice activism,' in the program's own words."
"We need radicalization out of schools, especially as children struggle with learning loss from the pandemic, and reading, writing and arithmetic back in schools," Nomani added.
At one school, Centennial Elementary in Denver, president of Parents Defending Education Nicole Newly pointed out that "only 31 percent of students score at or above proficiency in math and reading."
"Our children have a finite number of hours in the day. And so every hour that they spend, you know, working on these principles is one where they're not making up the significant learning loss that has happened over the past two years. Our children deserve better," she said.
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