Historically, local public control (and private alternatives) have allowed for some variation in the organization of education in the schools. Elementary school includes kindergarten through sixth grade. Basic subjects are taught in elementary school, and students often remain in one classroom throughout the school day, except for specialized programs, such as physical education, library, music, and art classes.
The school district selects curriculum guides and textbooks that reflect a state’s learning standards and benchmarks for a given grade level. The most recent curriculum that has been adopted by most states is Common Core. Learning Standards are the goals by which states and school districts must meet adequate yearly progress (AYP) as mandated by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This description of school governance is simplistic at best, however, and school systems vary widely not only in the way curricular decisions are made but also in how teaching and learning take place.
The only purpose of the present-day education system is indoctrination. The increasingly progressive leftist agenda is sweeping through academia and conservatives are just passively watching it happen. The main indoctrination stories you hear are about those of radical professors on college campuses, pushing outlandish majors created only to forward social justice movements, and, on a rare occasion, a political outburst by a high school teacher.
Although these issues need addressing, by far the biggest problem – and the one that should scare everyone the most – is the silent indoctrination process. Indoctrination is no longer dependent upon just the political beliefs of teachers. We are now past that. The core curriculas of grade school through college are openly blatant political propaganda. Not just the course material for gender studies and similar classes. Sciences, economics, literature – any core course you can think of is now politically influenced.
The only course that may still be an exception is mathematics. Unless you account for the left-wing system of common core – which is a complete disaster. If you don’t believe this, sit through a grade school math class or open up your child’s text book. Common core is just another battle, and actually a far less important one. The indoctrination of students is not just concerning the influence on their political views, but the development of their morals and core beliefs.
The small conservative response to massive liberal indoctrination has been small groups such as Turning Point USA (TPUSA), Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), and College Republicans. These are all near exclusive to college campuses and college students.
A recent article proposes to impose mandatory inclusion of LGBT course materials for five-year-olds. Some individuals are even pushing for this mandate be extended to three and four-year olds. With the imposition of leftist ideology impressed upon essentially toddlers. College is much too late to start conservative intervention. Our whole educational system, from the elementary schools to the universities, is increasingly turning out people who have never heard enough conflicting arguments to develop the skills and discipline required to produce a coherent analysis, based on logic and evidence.
Juveniles typically don’t care about politics, and definitely not policy. But since 2016, more young people are being sucked into the political realm. The social issues in the United States, such as feminist and LGBTQ+ movements, have become very extreme and unbearable. Kids are tired of being told to apologize for the race or gender that they were born as, and being told what they can and cannot say despite having a God-given right to speak freely.
The system that has been trying to indoctrinate students, while sometimes successful, has worn out the patience of many of their targets. They’ve generated enough anger to fuel their own youth countermovement. Meet Generation Z, the most socially and fiscally conservative generation since World War II.
It has taken the students themselves recording, posting, and promoting the shocking and disappointing behavior of their teachers to get the media to begin turning their cameras on high school campuses. The increasing media attention on high school teachers is great, and certainly a large step in the right direction when it comes to the reformation of academia. However, it still appears as though the general consensus is indoctrination is rooted in the teachers.
The lack of political education in combination with the demand that students trust their textbooks as reliable sources allows the left to silently indoctrinate students. Prime examples of progressive course material are in economics and psychology courses. Both are extremely important and beneficial courses, at least when taught objectively. Economics deserves some credit. They gave communism a fairer explanation than expected and didn’t completely sugarcoat it. The same cannot be said for socialism. No socialist or communist regime was specifically named in the unit. Despite Venezuela and the plethora of other failed attempts of socialism resulting in starvation, economic distress, and mass death, the material manages to make socialism sound like a plausible, positive system.
Progressives have run academia so far into the ground that students accumulate massive amounts of debt and cannot find work. They then tell the economically struggling students and graduates they are victims of the cruel system of capitalism. In reality, they are victims of the cruel system of academia the left created. They use this economic duress to pitch the debt-ridden students promises of economic equality in the form of socialism. The left just leaves out the part where the ‘economic equality’ promised means equal poverty.
As far as forwarding the progressive agenda is concerned, Psychology is not to be outdone. Psychology, which is often required in high school, is considered a social science. There is a unit titled ‘Sex, Gender, and Sexuality.’ A reasonable subject to find in a psychology course. The contents of the unit were less reasonable. The so-called ‘science’ course provides a gender spectrum and an explanation to how gender is not equivocal with biological sex. The course material further explained the differences between gender identity, biological sex, and gender expression.
It’s implied you can be born male, identify as literally nothing, and dress like a woman. And if anyone questions you about this, they’re a bigot. There are two genders, male and female, as determined by chromosomes – it’s really not that hard to comprehend. Science courses should not be propagating the progressive agenda. It should not be a fringe concept that science courses should contain proven science. The social concept of infinite gender has no factual backing and thus has no place in a text book.
There is something to be said for informing students on the existence of radical, science-defying movements. Students should be knowledgable of current events and the socio-political movements within their country and abroad. However there is a well-defined line between teaching about an unproven ideology’s existence and teaching an unproven ideology as fact. It’s safe to say that line has been crossed.
This line is not crossed when it comes to topics such as evolution. Course materials clearly state evolution is not proven though largely accepted. The scientifically false statement that “men can be women” is presented with less skepticism than the theory of evolution. It is time to hold the left and academia accountable for their blatant propaganda. Not just teachers and schools, but the creators of course materials.