Williamson County? Never heard of it. What is the problem?
Well, a lot.
Williamson County, Tennessee is what you might call “Republican Heaven.” Just south of the Democratic Fortress of Nashville, much of it is a gorgeous suburb, home to renowned “American Idol” country star Luke Bryan – on a 150-acre estate – and Senator Marsha Blackburn.
Its county seat, Franklin, has a downtown core straight out of an updated version of Norman Rockwell, the kind of place you can find both great barbecue and haute cuisine.
This small town and county is thriving like crazy in large part because they are also said to have one of the best public school systems in the country.
‘Moms for Liberty’
I had lunch the other day with two Williamson women who have just formed the county branch of a new parenting rights movement (mostly school-based) called “Moms for Liberty”.
Their section is growing even faster than Williamson County itself because they themselves, and many others, are angry with what is happening in these same schools. You might even say angry.
One of the women, local founder Robin Steenman, is a retired Air Force officer who flew B-1 bombers over Afghanistan. The other, Lori Friedheim, a Filipino-American UC Berkeley science graduate, is the chapter’s research director.
Ms Friedheim and her husband – who lived in a suburb of San Francisco and had had enough of the deterioration in lifestyle, not to mention taxes – decided to move to Franklin because, after extensive research online, they determined that ‘he had the best schools of all over any low tax state, needless to say red.
She was in shock – as was Robin Steenman who also had children in schools.
While Republican Gov. of Tennessee Bill Lee and the heavily Republican legislature deceive their resistance to critical race theory in the state’s education system, the reality on the ground is, as the French say, “quite another thing.” – something else.
Life is not always what you see on Hannity.
Before going into the details of what has been taught, and has been for several years, in these schools, I would like to reiterate why I wrote “And You, Williamson County”.
If this type of propaganda can take over the elementary years in a place with such an educated, affluent, and largely conservative population, it is undoubtedly happening everywhere, or almost everywhere, in public schools, and most parish schools. , from this country.
Many believe that our country is already changing rapidly before our eyes, but nowhere is it changing more rapidly, and in a Marxist direction, than in our schools.
It will bring about the end of the United States of America as we know it as surely and as quickly as anything. In fact, it already is.
It’s not just about stopping it. It’s a matter of move back what has already happened.
Critical Race Theory – the concept that we’re all permanently defined by our skin color, not our character – has been around for years in barely secret ways.
“ Injustice ” for second graders
And, as Robin Steenman explained to me, the situation is getting worse, it’s more obvious, in Williamson County. In March 2020, their school board approved a program called “Wit and Wisdom,” of All Seemingly Harmless Things, released by an organization called Great Minds, LLC. (In this case, they really think the same!)
Here is just a sample of what Williamson’s second-graders (ie, seven- and eight-year-olds) will be starting in August with “Wit and Wisdom”. As you look at this, remember that this is the program (and the way) by which, for months, these children also learn reading, writing, arithmetic, science, history, education. civic, art, music, etc .:
- Underline the word injustice.
- Explain that unjust and injustice mean the same thing.
- Injustice is a stronger word.
- Explain… how real people react to injustice.
- Explore the word injustice.
- Read again… how real people react to injustice? – Leave references displayed throughout the module.
- Echo read: What injustices did people face before the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
- Show the word injustice.
- Remind the class of the meaning of this word injustice.
- Explain… read… the people who struggle against injustice. – Show the pictures to the pupils. What do you notice in the pictures? Share your observations.
- Recall the meaning of injustice.
- Develop a non-verbal signal of injustice. “
Okay, you see the picture. This continues for a dozen similar points (and this is just Lesson 1), but I can’t resist one more as it clearly shows the still depressing nature of this program.
“15. Lesson on prefixes: injustice, inequality, inequality, unjust. “
Couldn’t they think of any positive prefixes for their lesson? How about supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?… Oh, I forgot. Mary Poppins is optimistic and white. Certainly not in the curriculum and unacceptable to second graders today. (Eugene “Bull” Connor, unsurprisingly, is.)
The images mentioned above for comment by the second year students are almost entirely black and white from the early civil rights era showing blacks being hosed down by vicious whites with signs like “WE WANT WHITE TENANTS IN OUR WHITE COMMUNITY” and “WE DON’T WANT [GO TO SCHOOL WITH NEGROES]- the latter held by a white boy with a proud smile.
One of the pictures had the ‘n-word’ scrawled on a wall, something, I was told, none of the children knew until then, naturally color blind as they were. Who said you never learn anything in school?
Create a division
But how do seven- and eight-year-olds react to all this ever-pessimistic and violent material, emphasizing racial division above all else, for hours and days on end?
Reports of an increasing number of children in therapy and a rising suicide rate abound, in part due to COVID as well, but I heard a personal story that particularly touched me.
I was at a recent, surprisingly well attended “Moms for Liberty” meeting in Franklin, to which an immigrant from Thailand, married to a Caucasian, spoke.
She read aloud a long and heartfelt letter she wrote to Williamson County School Principal Jason Golden about the severe educational and emotional turmoil her seven-year-old Métis son suffered while attending the school. ‘one of their schools. (Much to his parents’ dismay, the boy ended up despising his white half.) I quote in part:
“The story of Dr. King and his ‘I have a dream’ speech is beautiful and uplifting. This is the world my child has lived in until now. He was color blind. But this program changed that. It is much more harmful than useful. It depresses him. It is dark and a source of contention. He paints a world with only whites and blacks. It portrays an image of poor blacks being attacked by evil whites. “
She continues further:
“Even more problematic, the teacher would not accept our son’s non-racial and color-blind response to a question she asked. So the teacher asked over and over again, looking for a different (acceptable) answer. “
Years ago, during Soviet times, I visited a training school of the League of Young Communists in Crimea. They used a similar method.
The mother concludes:
“We expect Grade 2 students to learn basic educational concepts and not be forcefully fed story after story of racial assault and past wrongs. This is not how we create a better world for our children. This program only highlights the breed and creates an additional division among the new generation. We want our child to be color blind and value people for who they are and not for the color of their skin or for past evils or mistakes other people have made in history.
Amen to that.
What the mother wrote holds true for all children, although mixed race children clearly have a particular problem – and there are more and more of them.
We can conclude that the critical race theory and all its perversity appearing in various curricula, such as those that permeate Williamson County schools, are nothing more than a form of child abuse, so extreme as to be promises to tear our country apart.
In fact, such is its not-so-hidden intention, given in its provenance in earlier schools of Marxism and critical theory. And that is only too successful. Like I said, if it’s happening in Williamson, it’s probably happening everywhere.
These “moms for freedom” are part of the solution, in large part because they are motivated by this strong natural need of mothers to protect their children. And they have a lot to protect them these days.
It is a movement to be applauded and reinforced because it is they who could really make our education system, and therefore our country, great again. They already have a number of chapters.
Locally, the Thai mother and Mr. Golden may need to switch roles.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia and now editor for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The goat“(Fiction) and”I know best: how moral narcissism destroys our republic, if it hasn’t already“(Documentary). He can be found on Speak as @rogerlsimon
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