According to the San Francisco Examiner, five teacher librarians on the West Coast have decided that now is a good time to start teaching kids about Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement. To that end, they’ve created an online curriculum filled with documents from the Ferguson grand jury, videos, poetry, lesson plans, and links to publications like The Atlantic. Is there any doubt as to what point of view this curriculum espouses?
If there is, you can put it to bed with a statement from the San Francisco School Board, which says the curriculum “aligns with the district’s greater efforts to promote social justice.” Well then. As long as it aligns with those efforts, I guess it’s okay. Certainly, there won’t be any great outcry from one of the most liberal areas in the country, but it is a wake up call to the rest of us. Not only are liberals using the public school system to advance their aims, but they have already decided that the Black Lives Matter movement is one without any significant controversy.
And this is how history is rewritten before it is even done.
It’s unlikely that the curriculum in San Francisco will spend a lot of time pointing out the dubious claims made on behalf of Michael Brown. Teachers imparting the material probably aren’t going to share the fact that Officer Darren Wilson was, by all legitimate accounts, fully within his rights to shoot his attacker. No, this will be history as written by MSNBC. And schoolchildren in at least one city will grow up thinking they learned the unvarnished, unbiased truth.
Will this kind of political teaching spread beyond the bounds of San Francisco? What do you think? How does it differ from graphic sex education, twisted views on American history, or any of the other liberal education platforms that started in California before sweeping across the nation? After all, we live in the era of Common Core now. What gets taught in one place will soon be taught in all.
Is it as biased as you might fear? Well, the first sentence of the “Overview: What Happened?” tab of the curriculum is from the New York Times: “Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.” Whaddya know, the gentle giant narrative has eased its way right into American history.
Other readings include titles like:
– Boys with Tender Hearts and Big Dreams in Their Hoodies
– Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s about white rage against progress.
– When whites just don’t get it
– Most white people in America are completely oblivious
Yep, looks like the kids are going to get a nice, well-rounded look at the events of 2014.