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Did you know schools are currently using surveys to collect private data on students? Student evaluations are being conducted under SEL programs to drive data based decisions.
You have the right to protect your child from these invasive surveys. Have a conversation with your student and ask them to make you aware of any surveys their school administers.
The National Center for Education Statistics states that the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) protects students and parents:
First, parents have the opportunity to review certain federal surveys or instructional materials used in conjunction with surveys and to provide consent for their child’s participation in them.
Second, PPRA requires that state or local education agencies, and their contractors or representatives, obtain prior consent from the parent if they plan to collect information from students concerning the following items:
- political affiliation;
- mental and psychological problems;
- sexual behavior and attitudes;
- illegal or self-incriminating behavior;
- critical assessments of other individuals or family members;
- privileged information given to lawyers, physicians, or ministers;
- religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs (newly added under NCLB); and
- income (other than what is required by law for program eligibility).
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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has spread throughout our country. Its soft language is appealing and sounds like something everyone should be in favor of, BUT don’t be fooled. SEL is a trojan horse for Critical Race Theory. It teaches divisive ideologies, trains children to see color not character, and fundamentally changes performance-based academics to deliver forced equity (equal outcomes).
All states follow an SEL curriculum to some extent. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the self-described “trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL)” and provides SEL curriculum to many states. SEL was redefined by CASEL in December 2020, to Transformative SEL which promotes educational equity, social justice and aims to create student activist.
Transformative SEL is a Weapon for Social Justice it emphasizes student “identities” and “marginalization,” “equity,” “just communities,” and the “collective” rather than the individual. These same principles are the foundation of Critical Race Theory.
SEL was introduced over 25 years ago claiming noble intentions of exemplifying good character and addressing bullying and sexual harassment, missions everyone can support. This program has revealed itself as yet another manipulative tool being used to indoctrinate our children. Learn more about SEL:
What is Critical Race Theory? CRT rejects science, reason and objective truths. As defined by Pluckrose and Lindsay in Cynical Theories, CRT believes “[unequal] outcomes can have one and only one explanation – prejudicial bigotry”. It does not look for improvement it simply places blame. It is purposely divisive and breeds a renewed and never-ending cycle of racism.
CRT denies the individual and the universal, favoring only group identities such as one’s race. By only looking at group identities CRT teaches our children that good or bad, their choices in life have no significance. According to CRT if your group identity is white, you are and always will be the oppressor. It does not open the door for improvement or look at an individual’s actions, instead it permanently labels you from birth. Self-accountability becomes obsolete with devastating effects. Pluckrose and Lindsay question that in assuming the worst of an entire group identity CRT could we actually be “[reducing] antiracism activism and [increasing] aggression towards marginalized groups”.
CRT declares that if you are a minority you are and always will be the oppressed. It teaches that equal opportunity is not even possible. Whether you are born with a silver spoon or you work hard to become a productive member of society, if you are a minority you will always be considered oppressed. Think about it, if we teach our children from the moment they are born that the world is against them, to look for prejudice in every interaction, why will they even bother trying to overcome this permanent characterization. CRT will rob minority children of their motivation and ensure they will not thrive.
While continuous improvement in our school system is needed, CTR does not make the world a better place. It leads only to hate – self-hate and the hate of other group identities. It trains children to believe that “racism is both ordinary and permanent, everywhere and always.”
One of the best things you can do to combat CRT is educate yourself. Why? We all need to be informed so we can have meaningful conversations with family, friends and neighbors, speak out at board meetings and write to our legislators.
"Cynical Theories" by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
"Discrimination and Disparities" by Thomas Sowell
Parents Begin to Fight Back Against Critical Race Theory by Charlie Kirk
What is Critical Race Theory by PragerU
The Miseducation of America’s Elites