The New York State Teachers Union (NYSUT), in conjunction with a group called, “Speak Truth to Power,” operating under the auspices of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, have formed curricula for NYS high school students, which focus on the most negative aspects of society, while replacing what is normally taught in our schools. It is swallowing up American history.
Their lesson plans stereotype with a far left viewpoint. It is propaganda based on a book by the now late Kerry Kennedy. Curricula that was once of liberal Quaker origins is now a full blown student indoctrination curricula.
It is being taught all over the world from a Social Justice/Communist perspective. The curricula subtly takes on every far left cause. For instance, it is pro illegal immigration while reducing the role of U.S. sovereignty, and exalting the U.N. as the world governing body.
In their words: “…Human rights refer to violations as defined by international law. It is important that students have a clear idea about what is a human rights violation under the rule of law. So what does Speak Truth to Power mean? Does it mean speaking truth to those in power or does it mean that speaking truth has power? The answer depends on how you and your students engage with this curriculum and the actions taken as a result. In reality, when truth is informed by sound learning it has power and those who are informed understand their obligation to speak truth to those in power.
This curriculum provides an overview of human rights and social justice issues in the United States and around the world…”
Here are two examples of the curriculum:
1. There is a chapter by Communist, 9/11 Truther, Van Jones on police brutality.
Van Jones writes:
“A GUY IS BEATEN, HE’S KICKED, HE’S STOMPED, HE’S PEPPER-SPRAYED, GAGGED (BECAUSE THE POLICE DIDN’T WANT HIM BLEEDING ON THEM), AND THEN LEFT IN A CELL. WELL, THAT’S THE SORT OF STUFF YOU EXPECT IN GUATEMALA, BUT IT HAPPENED JUST FIFTEEN OR TWENTY MINUTES FROM HERE.
Van Jones is a police hater. He got his start rioting against the police in California. Nothing has changed. I remember the riots, and he was an out-of-control thug, who has now turned his brief incarceration into a martyrdom of sorts so he can advance his personal statist causes and his wealth.
The lesson plan he wrote for this NYC curricula is biased against the police. Take a look at the objectives:
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- Know who Van Jones is and why he is a human rights defender.
- Understand the issue of police brutality within the U.S. and internationally.
- Understand the impact media has in advancing a position or perspective on an issue.
- Understand the connection between policies and financing policy positions.
- Examine the roles of oppression and repression and police brutality.
2. Not the worst of them, but still not good, is the over-done Wiesel curricula. I have nothing but respect for Elie Wiesel, but his curricula for young people is brutal, depressing, and months long. It is not what should be going on in a high school for months. In one Long Island school district, all of U.S. history is crammed into six months, while the section on Jewish genocide never seems to end as it flows through language arts and history curricula. It is unbalanced.
Take a look at the curricula, find out if it is being taught in your school, and if it is what you want for your child.