I know Geena has already appeared here recently, but Americans really should be afraid of this story out of Fairfax, Virginia, and be especially afraid as they consider how long such sinister brain-washing of our young has been going on. The incident has a lot more relevance to the elections next week than an isolated attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband, which has none. If we had a responsible journalistic establishment in the country any more, there would be an uproar over such strategies aimed at public school students. As it is, only Fox News has bothered to cover the story at all, and not very well at that.
Fifth graders were assigned the task of critiquing an anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment, anti-NRA essay as part of a persuasive writing fifth-grade unit from the teachers’ aide, “Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing.” The screed is a fake child’s essay, obviously written by an adult. The clear purpose of the exercise is not to develop critical thinking skills but rather to embed anti-gun beliefs in children too young to evaluate and resist them. Here is the essay:
No fifth grader—even one like me, and I was a history nerd in the fifth grade until I graduated to being just a general nerd—- has the knowledge, perspective or sophistication to challenge that propaganda. I do now, and I know that it is legal, logical and historical crap, though the “essay” does regurgitate most of the anti-Second Amendment distortions and half-truths we have heard for decades.The assignment asked students to analyze the piece from a “neutral perspective” and determine whether it made a convincing argument, but that is disingenuous. A fifth grader’s perspective on gun policy and the Bill of Rights isn’t “neutral,” it is almost certainly ignorant. This is transparently indoctrination…political, ideological, unethical indoctrination using the schools to build public opinion supporting an anti-gun ownership perspective. See that ending? “Guns were great when the constitution was written, but now they hinder instead of help. We must embrace the changes the future brings us for the common good, and ban guns from our country.”
Ah yes, strip away individual right for “the common good.” What fifth grader will be able to identify the poison in that exhortation?
Yet as far as we know, only one Fairfax County, Virginia parent was either paying enough attention or possessed the basic civic education—-or sufficiently gave a damn—to object to the assignment. That would be mother of six Darcey Geissler, a family law attorney, who blew the whistle by sending Fox News the essay. Geissler described the assignment as “a poorly written, factually and legally inaccurate ‘essay,’ written by an adult parading as a child, being used to once again advance a political agenda.”
I’d disagree with the “poorly written” part. It was very cleverly written to seem like a child’s work, and the arguments made calculated to appeal to its targeted audience.
The spokesperson for Fairfax County Public Schools issued a statement that acknowledged no fault, and concluded, “The school is working closely with the parent who complained about the assignment, so her concerns are addressed.” Creepy. ‘We will be dealing with the troublesome parent who complained.‘ I would have been encouraged by an immediate admission that the assignment was inappropriate, and that “Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing” will be discontinued as a resource for teachers.
Meanwhile, Fox News publicized the story by burying the lede and demonstrating that it doesn’t appreciate the significance of what it was reporting. “Virginia mother blasts anti-Second Amendment writing sample 5th grade students were assigned to analyze” was its inept headline. The news isn’t that a mother is upset; that’s incidental. “Fairfax Virginia Schools Use Writing Assignment To Indoctrinate Students Against Guns” is what citizens in Virginia and elsewhere need to know. The article should have included interviews with experts on indoctrination techniques and child psychology.
Th episode is emblematic of an ongoing process that is sinister, widespread, and a genuine threat to democracy, unlike what a deranged illegal alien does with his hammer. The mainstream media is doing its job by burying it, and the best Fox news can do is miss the point.
I think we need Geena bookends…