Run for your Local School Board

by James C. Sherlock

Bill O’Keefe published an essay here today, the title of which is “Revisionist History is a Fool’s Errand.”

Revisionist history is unfortunately not a fool’s errand, but rather a business, and a successful one, run by people that hate America and wish for its destruction. They despise and reject the civil rights movement as a weak bourgeois response to a situation that required revolution. Today’s woke revolutionaries quote Martin Luther King at their peril.

From a personal communication by a distinguished friend of mine:

“The source of the problem is 40 years of “education” in which the “educators” and the books they have used reviled America’s failures and refused to acknowledge its successes and virtues, especially the latter. The failure to educate Americans in their own history is a failure that mightily contributes to the current absence of common ground.”

We have spoken here before of neo-Marxist Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States,” a 1980 revisionist history that continues to be mandated for too many pupils. Designed as a middle-school and high-school textbook, it has sold over 2 million copies. Lesson plans with similar tripe are available for teacher download from links published by the National Education Association.

The pupils of yesteryear who were fed this stuff are the woke editors (at least the remaining ones) and radical journalists at places like the New York Times.

Zinn and his followers fail to acknowledge that the fights against slavery and for fair wages, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, and women’s rights were all successful in America and that racial equality, an unfinished goal, has made huge strides, all under what they consider an irredeemable system.

It will be a long fight to reform education to reestablish the true narrative of the history of America, the most successful and generous country in history. We have paid great prices for our principles. We have lost millions of men fighting for the freedom of others, including to free the slaves.

We will need to reject school reading lists that offer “anti-racist” literature that preach against every thing that has made America the destination of the world’s people looking for a better and freer life. We will need to reform Balkanized social studies departments. And most importantly, we must reform (re)Education schools that are devoted to teaching hate for this country to kindergarten students.

I have read a “study” from a (re)Education school that reported the “need” to extend radical education to kindergarten because by third grade, the previous goal, children had absorbed too many of their parents’ values. And of course that cannot be permitted.

We must stop the madness.

Education must affirm the value of American achievements, families, civic pride, individual responsibility, regulated capitalism, equal opportunity and optimism.

We need leaders in the political sphere and in local school boards, church boards, university boards and the like to make a concerted effort to turn this around.

From the Wall Street Journal:

In Minneapolis, nationwide protests, which quickly turned to riots, have been hijacked by the neo-Marxist left, morphing into an all-out assault on American cities and institutions. This assault is underpinned by an audacious attempt to rewrite history that turns specific past events into weapons not only to overpower political opponents but also to recast all of American history as a litany of racial transgressions.

The radicals have turned race into a lens through which to view the country’s history, and not simply because they are obsessed with race. They have done so because it allows them to identify and separate those groups that deserve affirmation, in their view, and those that do not. What is taking place is the resegregation of America, the endpoint of which will be the rejection of everything the civil-rights movement stood for.

A statue is a statue. The Western-Marxist trends in American education are the underlying problem. We need to start by redeeming our history with a sense of urgency.

Do not get discouraged by national and state politics. Do something positive. Run for your local school board.

Run a positive campaign based on ensuring that optimistic, pro-family, pro-American, pro-capitalist, individual rights-affirming and inclusive values are reflected in curricula.

Reject thought and speech control, favor civility. Reject critical theory that seeks only to destroy. Favor the teaching of unifying themes in our schools.

Favor the teaching of the Constitution and its entire Bill of Rights and list of amendments and the Declaration of Independence as history’s most important declarations and guarantees of the rights of man. Celebrate the founders as flawed individuals — who among us is not? — but the creators of the most successful and free political system in human history.

Run to ensure schools teach all the reasons why immigrants from all over the risk much to come to America.

Favor celebrating America’s successes and admitting the need for continual improvement in areas where we have not yet achieved national goals.

Call out the “antiracism” curricula for what they are, destructive attempts to separate, re-segregate really, Americans into warring groups. Celebrate and run to improve programs that assist disadvantaged students to reach their maximum potential.

Reject violence and bullying in our schools. Celebrate school resource officers.

Be prepared for hateful campaigns against you, but do it.

It is a start.

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10 responses to “Run for your Local School Board

  1. I did. It was the Republicans who produced the hate campaigns, trolls, and the like. The Democrats did none of this.

    People went to the polls asking for the handouts to tell them who to vote for and got upset that since COVID was occurring during the May election, they didn’t know who to vote for. It wasn’t just one precinct either.

    • I honor you for running. It takes guts and resources whether conservative, progressive or neither. Conservatives regularly face organized opposition from teachers associations who feel that they will get less oversight and more money from liberals.

      And either can be bullied. See the story of the Loudon County school board member below.

  2. James Wyatt Whitehead V

    Captain Sherlock, if you follow the story of John Beatty of the Loudoun County School Board you will see why it is near impossible to be a conservative voice and ask questions that deserve answering. Beatty has essentially been silenced.
    All he did wrong was ask some questions and give his insights during an equity training session for the school board. What a spider’s web this man walked into. He probably should have said it different but I do believe Mr. Beatty to be a fair minded man trapped in a “gotcha game”
    https://www.loudountimes.com/news/update-msaac-member-calls-for-loudoun-school-board-members-resignation-after-alleged-racial-insensitivity/article_5eef9194-58a6-11ea-9dc0-db105fe9e73b.html

    • Eric the Half a Troll

      I’m sure there were very fine people on both sides of that issue…

    • We need to stop kidding ourselves.

      Free Speech is dead in Virginia. Dead as a door nail. Free Speech is dead in Virginia’s schools. Free Speech is dead in its colleges and universities. Free Speech is dead in its Government. Free Speech is dead in its large places of employment, both public and private. In the main, Free Speech is dead in most of America, too, most particularly in most of our large cities, always said before to be havens of creativity. No More! Free speech has been dying for decades. The roaming street mobs, and internet mobs, is now finishing off Free Speech for good in the USA.

  3. It takes real conviction to wade into the swamp that is education politics. But it will never get drained if good people do not. I note that Mr. Beatty sits on the school board’s Select Committee on Equity (perhaps a clue to his virulent racism?), which is apparently why he was at the meeting that got him in trouble. After this incident, I suspect he will be literally irreplaceable on that panel by anyone not officially woke. And they better keep their mouths shut.

    The testimonials to Mr. Beatty’s character in comments on the article you linked are telling.

    He said he was trying to make a point about the evils of Jim Crow laws, which his accusers verified.

    It is utterly preposterous to think that any public official or in fact any relatively sober human being attending a meeting with something called “Loudoun County Public Schools Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee (MSAAC)” would intentionally voice support for slavery. I don’t believe it. And neither do his accusers.

    Speaking of whom:

    Wande Oshode, who chairs MSAAC’s Membership Committee, called for Beatty’s removal from both School Board committees on which he sits and that he leave the board altogether.

    Katrece Nolen, who chairs MSAAC’s Executive Board, opined Beatty “lacks empathy and shows no respect for the African American community,” asked he participate in a “restorative practice circle” with the community. Nolen stopped short of calling for Beatty to step down.

    “If the School Board does not immediately condemn Mr. Beatty’s public statement, every School Board member is complicit,” Nolen finished

    These evil, racist Loudon school board members approved a list of books for kindergarteners that can be found at https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/20/GRADE%20K%20Diverse%20Book%20Collections%20with%20Annotations.pdf.

    You owe it to yourself to check it out and see what you missed in kindergarten. Makes my point about woke “educators” reaching down into kindergarten to grab 5 year olds before it is too late.

    One final note, a “restorative practice circle” sounds like a tenth circle of hell. I think may be is banned by the Geneva Convention.

    • James Wyatt Whitehead V

      I remember Big Bob and Little Bob books caused quite a stir from some parents. I don’t know Mr. Beatty personally but school board watchers seemed to like him because he questioned the superintendent and made him defend his arguments, especially in the area of spending. What is happening in Loudoun needs to be followed. Could come soon to a school near you.

    • First of all, it has been a long time since my daughter was kindergarten age. Second, none of these books are familiar to me (no golden oldies). Which are the ones you find objectionable?

      • Nice try, Dick. I did not say I found them objectionable.

        There are major religions in America that find some expressions of sexuality sinful. I don’t belong to any of them, but the adherents to those religions have the right to raise their children to their own moral codes without the public schools pulling them in a different direction.

        Loudon County has a very well constructed and informative opt-out program available for Family Life Education.

        On the subject of books available in classrooms, Loudon does not appear to have the same parental control mechanism. It has an active program for challenges and reviews of individual titles by the superintendent and school board. However, Loudon either does not have or does not advertise a program to control access to individual titles in classroom libraries by parental opt-out.

      • James Wyatt Whitehead V

        Big Bob liked fire trucks and Tonka toys. Little Bob liked dolls and makeup. This book did not sit well with conservative Christian minded parents. If you look at the long history of Loudoun it was a very conservative minded county up until the turn of the century. Now they are outnumbered and object to a cultural change in education. But they can’t win and did not. Just one example of children’s books that parents objected too. There was another about homosexuality and so on. Lots of school board drama over this issue.

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