An Indiana School Allowed Parents To Let Parents Opt Their Kids Out Of Black History Month Lessons? GOOD!

Two Washington Post Ethics Dunce-worthy episodes, back to back!

The Post published this headline as if it was an obvious, res ipsa loquitur, outrage:

An Indiana school planned Black History Month lessons. A letter sent to parents allowed them to opt out.

“Those crazy, racist conservatives again!” was the unstated assumption of the Post’s article. After the consent form…

….was circulated on social media, such an uproar was raised by fans of anti-America indoctrination in the public schools that the school district Superintendent Emily Tracy felt that she had to send a letter to families and staff members, acknowledging the opt-out form and promising that the school district is “gathering more information on the matter” but “In the meantime, know that we support teaching about the facts in our history including historical injustices. Our District is and will continue to be committed to having compassion for all and supporting an education community that will allow all students, staff, families and community members the opportunity to feel welcome.”

And that virtue-signaling, wokish blather, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, is exactly why parents needed the option of being able to keep their kids away from those lessons.

Would I opt out? You’re damn right I would, because…

1. I don’t trust public school teachers to teach “facts” about slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow and the civil rights movement. There has been too much evidence of such lessons crossing the line into indoctrination and “Critical Race Theory” opinion.

2. I object, on ethical grounds, to all “months” dedicated to specific races and other groups. The concept is divisive and discriminatory.

3. I might approve of such lessons after seeing the intended lesson plan, and having the opportunity to ask the teachers involved a number of questions, like:

  • What, if anything, will you be telling students about Black Lives Matter?
  • How will you discuss the slave-holding Founders, especially Washington and Jefferson?
  • Will the “1619 Project” raise its ugly head in any way, shape or form?
  • What, if anything will be taught about Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others?
  • Will Donald Trump be called a racist?
  • What will be the nature of discussions about “reparations”?
  • Will “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” be explained?
  • Which trailblazing blacks will be part of the lesson plan? Frederick Douglas? Booker T. Washington? George Washington Carver? Jackie Robinson? Martin Luther King? Sidney Poitier? James Baldwin? Thurgood Marshall? Bill Cosby? Barack Obama?
  • What will be the context of the teaching of Brown v. Board of Education? “Separate but equal?”

Any parent, black, white or “other” that would allow teachers to examine the complex nuances of race in America without knowing the answers to these questions and more is a fool.

 

22 thoughts on “An Indiana School Allowed Parents To Let Parents Opt Their Kids Out Of Black History Month Lessons? GOOD!

  1. When I did supplemental homeschooling after picking up the kids from public school, we read a LOT of American history, but the contributions of Americans of specific ethnic groups wasn’t taught as separate units, instead being integrated into the history of whatever period the individual lived in. We used a lot of Landmark Books, Vision Books (a Catholic series similar to Landmark Books), and Childhood of Famous Americans volumes, and I would read each book myself before sharing it with my kids, to see if there was any bias that I’d need to explain to the kids if I used that particular book.

    • Hey, this is what we are covering in my full time homeschool next year for my third grade daughter, “Famous Americans and their presence in American History”, as a first installation of American History. Did you have a preference out of those sets? Are they appropriate for an 8-year-old? I am investigating supplemental book sets. I have preference towards supporting the Catholic sets above the others, if (and only if) they are as good as the non-Catholic sets.

      • There was a Protestant homeschool publisher (Beautiful Feet Books) which had a “US History through Literature” curriculum which I followed in spirit (used a lot of the same books, but skipped the study guide). We used the Genevieve Foster books on “The World of Columbus and Sons”, “The World of Captain John Smith”, “The World of William Penn,” “George Washington’s World,” and “Abraham Lincoln’s World”, in addition to the series mentioned earlier, and a couple of historically-themed activity books (from bookstores) and theme-unit books w/reproducible worksheets (from the teacher store). For world history, I used the Genevieve Foster books again, as well as most of the “Famous Men of …” series (published by Greenleaf Press then; published by Memoria Press now; skipped “Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation” to provide more Catholic coverage of the period), in addition to the biography and history series mentioned earlier. There were also Anne Carroll’s “Christ the King, Lord of History” and “Christ and the Americas,” written for high school but OK as read-alouds, and “Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church” by H.W. Crocker, great for both Church history and world history, entertaining as a read-aloud, and possibly a bit more balanced than the Anne Carroll books. Hope these additional resource suggestions help!

        • I’d go with the “or else” myself.  There are ways to teach the contributions of African Americans to US history and culture without all of the politically-correct “woke” nonsense.  We opted our own kids out of the DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) program taught to middle-school students by the local police department, as we were perfectly well able to teach our kids what they needed to know about controlled substances (just say no/don’t mess with that stuff!) without the police department’s assistance.Sincerely,Catherine A. McClarey

        • “To be clear, our District does not permit students to opt out of history lessons — including ones based on historical injustices,” Tracy said in the statement to students, families and staff. “We apologize for the confusion caused by the letter and offer our assurances that Brown County Schools is committed to providing an inclusive educational environment for all students and families.”

          Unfortunately, I think this “clarification” renders this entire post worthy of being either rewritten or simply deep sixed. The “good news” turned out to simply not be the case? As Rosanne Rosannadana would conclude, “Never mind.”

          • MY post? You mean the post that was based entirely on what was actually written. before the school district lied and claimed it didn’t say what it said. What part of “if you would like your child to opt out” is ambiguous?

            • I agree. The school district and the superintendent are strong-arming parents into “voluntary” attendance at school-sponsored events around historical or systemic racism. These programs are not about learning; they are about conforming thought to current cant.

              jvb

            • But the “good news” has been retracted. Nothing good is happening back home in Indiana. There was an attempt, but it was squashed like a bug. Opting out is no longer an option.

              • Other Bill,
                I see your point and I agree with you.
                However, the retraction would be a basis for its own post. Instead of taking down the post, it is really a matter of updating it and changing the title to “we didn’t mean what we said we meant.”
                Bottom line, though, is that the post should stay up.
                -Jut

              • This post should stay.
                It provides a peek at the stark contrast between classroom and administration. No matter what the classroom teacher believes necessary (option to skip by parents) the administration, far removed from the classroom) will override. And that is something both parents and the public need to see.

                Also, this post ferreted out some absolutely interesting home-school concepts and methods. Also some reading lists for government schooled kids to get better information “after hours” And a blog to check out. This is a trifecta, a hat trick, of useful information.

  2. Am I the only one who noticed that the school counselor who originally wrote the letter is named Benjamin White…? Now THAT’S funny!

    –Dwayne

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