UVa Offers Social Warrior Lesson Plans to Virginia Kindergarten Teachers

by James C. Sherlock

In case anyone thinks the left ever rests, the University of Virginia ed school has struck another blow to educate children as social warriors through its ”Educating for Democracyproject.  

“Democracy is not a spectator sport; it requires our participation, and this participation must be oriented toward justice. To create a more just democracy, citizens must be able to critically assess systems of inequity and work collaboratively to redress inequity and create lasting change. Dialogue is central to the process and can be transformative. Frequent and effective dialogue can engender equity and inclusion for everyone.” 

“We believe that K-12 students across the country have the power to embody these principles and shape America into the just democracy we all desire and deserve.”

So, since “we all desire” America to be shaped into a “just democracy” from it’s current, presumptively pitiful status, the Educating for Democracy project offers teachers free online lesson plans designed to create social justice warriors.

It is not possible for most to imagine the lengths that radicals will go to take control of the minds of very young children, so I will provide two directly-quoted examples below.

The enabling mechanism of the Educating for Democracy approach is to link those lesson plans, however tenuously, to existing Virginia Standards of Learning.  

Certainly VDOE and the Board of Education will intervene to stop this .… just kidding.

Nothing to see here except a pairing of activist teachers, lesson plans designed to indoctrinate and wide-eyed kindergarteners.

Pretty much on the Maoist model.

Six year old children.


Two examples for your consideration and that of Virginia’s kindergarteners.  Everything below is quoted directly.  

Readers can make their own judgments.


Lesson Plan

Title: From North to South 

Author: Rene Colato Lainez 

Grade Level: K-2 

Virginia Standards of Learning: K.9; 1.9; 2.8

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) K.9:  The student will demonstrate comprehension of fictional texts: a) Identify the role of an author and an illustrator; b) Relate previous experiences to what is read; c) Use pictures to make predictions; d) Ask and answer questions about what is read; e) Use story elements of characters, settings, and events to retell stories sequentially using beginning, middle, and end.

Overarching Theme(s): Immigration, Fairness, Point of View, Empathy, Inferencing Timeframe: (45-60 minutes)

Lesson Goals

Identify feelings and motivations of characters.


The story is written from the perspective of a young boy, José, whose mother has been taken from the United States and brought back to Mexico because she was an undocumented immigrant. He and his father are going to visit her in Tijuana, and José is very excited because he has not seen her in several weeks. When they are together, José is incredibly happy, and he is sad when he has to leave her at the end of the day to return to America.

Discussion Questions

Whole Class (probing for empathy):

1. How do you think José is feeling now that his mom is living in another country and he cannot see her all the time?

2. How do you think José’s mom is feeling now that she has to be separated from her son and cannot see him all the time?

a. How do you think you would feel if this happened to your family?

3. How do you think José and his family are feeling when they finally get to see each other?

4. How do you think they are feeling when they have to leave each other at the end of

the day? (This question is also used for the writing prompt.)

5. What might you tell José to help him feel better?


Lesson Plan

Title: Young Water Protectors

Author: Aslan Tudor

Grade Level: K-2 

Virginia Standards of Learning: K.10; 1.10; 2.9

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) K.10: The student will demonstrate comprehension of nonfiction texts. a) Use pictures to identify topic and make predictions. b) Identify text features specific to the topic, such as titles, headings, and pictures.

Overarching Theme(s): Native Americans, Protesting, Fairness, Point of View, Empathy, Inferencing

Timeframe: (45-60 minutes)

Summary: This story is about Native Americans fighting against the Dakota Pipeline issues at Standing Rock Reservation. Written by and from the perspective of a 10-year-old Native American child who is participating in the protests, author shares some of what happened at Standing Rock.

Lesson Goals:

  1. Identify feelings and motivations of narrator 
  2. Determine the fairness of oil pipelines
  3. Learn about history of land and protests

Discussion Questions

1. What do you think should happen to the people who took the reservation land to make it smaller?

2. Should the Native Americans get that land back? 

a. Why or Why not?

b. Even if it was taken from them a really long time ago?

3. Aslan talks about his experiences as a young protestor. Is there anything you could see yourself fighting for like that?

4. Do you think he is too young to protest?

5. Even though he was going to school at Standing Rock, he was breaking the rules by not going to regular school. Is it ok for him to break the rules to fight for something he believes in?

6. The oil company won their case in the Supreme Court to build on the land. Do you think that the Native Americans should keep fighting or follow the rules?

7. Why do you think that the oil company wants to build this even though it can make people sick?  Is their reason for doing it worth making people sick?

Writing Prompt

Aslan and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are fighting to keep their land and water from being polluted. The land and water are sacred to the tribe.

1. Why do you think that the oil company wants to build this even though it can make people sick?

2. Aslan talks about his experiences as a young protestor. Is there anything you could see yourself fighting for like that?

I think the oil company wants to build ____ because________________________________ _______________________________________________________

I would fight for ______________________________________ because_______________ _______________________________________________________

Bottom Line

Six year old children.  

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26 responses to “UVa Offers Social Warrior Lesson Plans to Virginia Kindergarten Teachers”

  1. vicnicholls Avatar

    So where were these “educators” when Dads were separated from their kids by custody issues or work issues? Someone has NEVER been in the military, what the stupid is going on here? How about the AMERICAN Moms and Dads who are in the military and separated in other countries?

    My gosh getting more stupid by the day.

  2. Terry Carter Avatar
    Terry Carter

    Would you be similarly concerned if educators taught 6-year-olds how to recognize fake news? Looks like a winner to me. https://www.forbes.com/sites/frederickhess/2021/04/13/how-can-educators-teach-students-to-spot-fake-news/?sh=7a9b175529d6

    1. tmtfairfax Avatar

      All they need to do is compare what is in or not in the WaPo to information available elsewhere. “Gee, how did we miss Northam’s conduct right before he graduated from Med School? And not just once, but twice.”

      “But we did spend lots of money investigating a Senate race in Alabama. Doesn’t that more than compensate for missing a local story?”

      If educators really wanted to see how kids can reason and write, they should direct the kids to identify multiple perspectives and explain them.

    2. James C. Sherlock Avatar
      James C. Sherlock

      The youngest people considered in the article you cite were high schoolers. Were you ever six years old? Just asking.

      1. Terry Carter Avatar
        Terry Carter

        European countries have taken the lead in teaching kids how to recognize fake news. Finland started doing so in 2014 and it begins in kindergarten. Their kids are far ahead of ours in the U.S. on this. See links below. Meanwhile 10s of millions of American adults, plenty of them “well educated,” believe the election was stolen from Trump. And yes, I once was six years old. Just answering. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190502104824.htm

      2. Terry Carter Avatar
        Terry Carter

        To expand on my earlier reply: I do not defend the professional public education folks. Just as you do, I often see their efforts as ridiculous. But, as best I can recall, the two thick Virginia history textbooks I was issued in the late 50s/early 60s (4th and 7th grades) taught me that slaves were generally well-treated and happy. Well then. And during those same years I could go to the Giant Open-Air Supermarket in Portsmouth and drink from the “white” water fountain near the “colored” water fountain. Now, more on my riff about American adults and fake news. My best example is a neighbor who has a degree from UVA Law. He believes the election was stolen from Trump. He told me that after the election he turned away from Fox News and now watches only One America News. He told me late late year that there should be no requirements for wearing masks because “risk is a part of life.” More recently he said he has not gotten the Covid vaccination because of “risk.” Well then.

    3. DJRippert Avatar

      Personally, I think high school aged students should be trained in fact checking, or at least source verification. How many times have I seen something quoted on BaconsRebellion that turned out to be “fake news”?

      However ….

      “When you Google the group behind it, you learn that they’re funded by Exxon—a clear conflict of interest …”

      Would the same conflict of interest be apparent if the source was the Sierra Club or a hedge fund manager with investments in “clean energy”?

  3. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    Gosh! You Conservatives must have hated Schoolhouse Rock!!

    1. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      The fact that you needed a Barney Style cartoon to teach you the function on Government, speaks volume about your “aptitude”.

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        A. Don’t be dissing Schoolhouse Rock
        B. Schoolhouse Rock pre-dates Barney (and clearly you)
        C. Barney was not a cartoon…. smh…

        1. Matt Adams Avatar
          Matt Adams

          Zooommm way over that head there princess. Also, the fact you didn’t understand that statement is telling about you.

          Correct, it predates me. That doesn’t validate anything you say, nor does it negate anything I say. Clearly despite your reference to it, you either didn’t understand it or decided they were wrong as you’ve not shown an iota of understand of how our Government is to work.

          Edit: “A. Don’t be dissing Schoolhouse Rock”

          Cool story, what are you going to do about it.

          1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Now your talking Zoom. You really are lost aren’t you, Slick?

          2. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            I’m sorry that again went over your head Walt.

    2. WayneS Avatar

      What are you talking about? I have the entire soundtrack loaded on my music-drive. All four CDs.

  4. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    It’s better than the lessons I was taught in elementary school. Here is sample from the Virginia history book: https://richmond.com/discover-richmond/happy-slaves-the-peculiar-story-of-three-virginia-school-textbooks/article_47e79d49-eac8-575d-ac9d-1c6fce52328f.html

    1. Brian Leeper Avatar
      Brian Leeper

      After reading a bit of that tripe I now understand better why Virginians tend to be so haughty about their state.

    2. DJRippert Avatar

      I graduated from public high school in 1977 in Fairfax County and we never learned about “happy slaves”. Nor “The Lost Cause”, nor the “War of Northern Aggression”.

      Please don’t conflate “Virginia” with plantation Virginia. From Kentucky to West Virginia to Northern Virginia … there have been many former and current Virginians who wanted nothing to do with Virginia’s plantation elite, the Byrd Machine, Massive Resistance, governors in klan robes, “happy slave lessons” etc.

      1. Brian Leeper Avatar
        Brian Leeper

        And that’s entirely why you are able to objectively look at Virginia and see it’s many shortcomings.

  5. Does the lesson plan cover the need for $1,000,000 to clean up the Anti-pipeline campsite because of all the trash the pro-green warriors left? Did it discuss the drug use, rapes, and assaults within the camp?

  6. WayneS Avatar

    “The oil company won their case in the Supreme Court to build on the land. Do you think that the Native Americans should keep fighting or follow the rules?”

    Oh, they should definitely keep fighting, because everybody knows that when the SCOTUS rules against so-called-progressives the issue may be revisited again and again, whereas once the SCOTUS rules for so-called-progressives, the matter is settled for all time…

    1. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      “Settled-Science” as they ahem….say.

    2. After the Soviet-Warsaw Bloc invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Leonid Brezhnev defended that invasion by announcing what came to be called the Brezhnev Doctrine. To summarize Brezhnev’s defense of that 1968 invasion: the victories of Communism are final and irreversible and the Soviet Union will not accept any erosion of those victories.

      Some on the Left seem to embrace a variation of the Brezhnev Doctrine — their victories are final and irreversible; their defeats are only temporary setbacks to be overcome by future victories.

  7. DJRippert Avatar

    I was always more of a math guy.

    How big is the Standing Rock Reservation? Answer: 3,572 sq mi. In other words, that reservation is bigger than 2 US states.

    Over how much of the Standing Rock Reservation does the pipeline travel? Hint: Zero. The pipeline only goes near the reservation.

    How big will the Standing Rock Reservation be after the pipeline is built?

    1. James C. Sherlock Avatar
      James C. Sherlock

      You provide actual facts. Not a requirement for woke lesson plans.

    2. Math is racist!

  8. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    I like the Social Gospel movement of the 1890s. To be a good progressive you personally had to do something for others in dire situations. I don’t understand why the social justice warriors are unwilling to channel their energy into genuine community service that is free from cultural politics and the race hustle.

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