New Book Sheds Light on Anti-Trump Agenda in Pub­lic Schools and Politi­ciza­tion of the Class­room

Safety, re­li­gious bias, sex­u­al­iza­tion of the class­room are fac­tors bol­ster­ing school-choice ar­gu­ment

The Jewish Voice - - BOOK REVIEW - By: Ali Meyer (WASH­ING­TON FREE BEA­CON)

In his newly pub­lished book, The Cor­rupt Class­room, Lance Izumi of the Pa­cific Re­search In­sti­tute il­lus­trates how the pub­lic school class­room has be­come in­creas­ingly politi­cized, with lib­eral teach­ers in­doc­tri­nat­ing stu­dents with an anti-Trump and leftist agenda.

Izumi makes the case that while many school choice sup­port­ers rely on aca­demic school per­for­mance data to show that pub­lic schools are fail­ing, there are many other equally im­por­tant rea­sons to sup­port it.

The United Ed­u­ca­tors of San Fran­cisco, a teach­ers' union, cre­ated an anti-Trump les­son plan and dis­trib­uted it to 6,000 mem­bers. In the les­son plan, Trump was la­beled a "racist and sex­ist man" and in­cluded only re­ports from left-wing sources such as Mother Jones

"Many par­ents, for ex­am­ple, are rightly con­cerned about the grow­ing politi­ciza­tion of the class­room," Izumi ex­plains. "Far from be­ing mere anec­do­tal in­ci­dents—and there are lot of those— po­lit­i­cal bias is be­com­ing sys­temic in pub­lic school sys­tems and has turned many pub­lic schools into in­doc­tri­na­tion cen­ters for pro­gres­sive ide­olo­gies and causes."

For ex­am­ple, the United Ed­u­ca­tors of San Fran­cisco, a teach­ers' union, cre­ated an anti-Trump les­son plan and dis­trib­uted it to 6,000 mem­bers. In the les­son plan, Trump was la­beled a "racist and sex­ist man" and in­cluded only re­ports from left-wing sources such as Mother Jones. Teach­ers were in­structed to tell stu­dents, "we will keep fight­ing" and "we must and will fight for jus­tice against an un­just sys­tem and an un­just peo­ple."

Izumi also cites the ex­am­ple of Yvette Fe­larca, a teacher at a mid­dle school in Berke­ley, Calif., who is the leader of By Any Means Nec­es­sary, which was de­scribed as a mil­i­tant, rad­i­cal group that uses vi­o­lence to spread its mes­sage.

"Fe­larca re­port­edly shoved a man to the ground at a demon­stra­tion in Sacra­mento," Izumi ex­plains. "The brawl re­sulted in seven peo­ple be­ing stabbed. Fe­larca told the Mer­cury News that the First Amend­ment should not pro­tect speech with which she dis­agrees and that she la­bels ‘hate speech.'"

Izumi says that fol­low­ing these ac­tions, par­ents were out­raged and com­plained that her vi­o­lent mes­sage should not have a place in the class­room. The book cites many more ex­am­ples of how stu­dents were sub­jected to in­doc­tri­na­tion in the class­room, in­clud­ing some who were asked to com­plete as­sign­ments with an anti-Trump bent or teach­ers who were very open about their lib­eral beliefs—in­clud­ing one who yelled "Die!" in front of stu­dents at a photo of Pres­i­dent Trump.

Izumi says that par­ents should also be aware of school-re­lated crime and the safety of their child when de­cid­ing what school to choose.

"There have been many in­stances of ap­palling crimes on school cam­puses, rang­ing from peer-topeer bul­ly­ing to class­room sex­ual as­saults that make ev­ery par­ent shud­der with fear for the safety of their own chil­dren," Izumi writes.

For ex­am­ple, Lanny, a 9-year-old in Alabama, was at­tacked by a bully at her school and suf­fered a con­cus­sion, a bruised face, and two black eyes. In­stead of ac­cu­rately re­port­ing the in­ci­dent to the child's mother, school of­fi­cials said Lanny had fallen on ac­ci­dent. Lanny's mother de­cided to home school her daugh­ter fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent be­cause she doesn't feel the school did enough to pre­vent bul­ly­ing and did not even pun­ish the bully.

"When I asked the prin­ci­pal what was be­ing done about the bully, he said she would be sus­pended for two days," Lanny's mother said. "Then I found out they didn't even do any­thing to her."

In ad­di­tion to safety, Izumi says there are re­li­gious bi­ases that have been present in the class­room that par­ents should be con­cerned about.

"Just as par­ents do not like teach­ers and school of­fi­cials to fa­vor one po­lit­i­cal can­di­date over an­other, so par­ents op­pose the pro­mo­tion of one re­li­gious faith over an­other," Izumi says. "Yet, in pub­lic schools across Amer­ica, teach­ing, cur­ric­ula, and poli­cies seem in­tended to dis­fa­vor Chris­tian­ity and fa­vor other re­li­gious faiths."

There have also been in­stances of sex­u­al­iza­tion in the class­room. Izumi ex­plains that a school in Fre­mont, Calif., dis­trib­uted a textbook for ninth-graders that taught teenagers about vi­bra­tors, oral sex, bondage, fe­male ster­il­iza­tion pro­ce­dures, and sex­ual tech­niques that went beyond the ac­tiv­i­ties that cause birth.

"Not sur­pris­ingly, the textbook ig­nited out­rage among par­ents in the school dis­trict, de­spite the so­cially lib­eral rep­u­ta­tion of the San Fran­cisco Bay Area," Izumi ex­plains. "Hun­dreds of peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion to urge the Fre­mont school board to re­scind its de­ci­sion to use the textbook in ninth-grade health classes."

Izumi says that all of these rea­sons are cause for par­ents to be con­cerned about what school their child is at­tend­ing.

"A pub­lic school might have de­cent test scores, but if par­ents feel their chil­dren are be­ing po­lit­i­cally in­doc­tri­nated, are at risk of be­ing vic­tim­ized by other stu­dents or teach­ers, are be­ing short­changed be­cause of mis­man­age­ment by school of­fi­cials, or are hav­ing their ba­sic value sys­tem over­turned, then par­ents and their chil­dren should have the right and the tools to exit the pub­lic school sys­tem for ed­u­ca­tional al­ter­na­tives that bet­ter meet their needs and pref­er­ences," Izumi said.

In his newly pub­lished book, The Cor­rupt Class­room, Lance Izumi of the Pa­cific Re­search In­sti­tute il­lus­trates how the pub­lic school class­room has be­come in­creas­ingly politi­cized, with lib­eral teach­ers in­doc­tri­nat­ing stu­dents with an anti-Trump and leftist agenda.

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