Seattle KTTH 770 conservative talk show host Jason Rantz wrote Wednesday that Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is celebrating “Black Lives Matter at School Week” using lesson plan “resources” from Black Lives Matter (BLM) that teach children as young as kindergarten age “radical, political agendas” on gender identity and about disrupting the “nuclear family structure.”
The Black Lives Matter at School website states: “In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and others named and unnamed, a great Uprising for Black Lives has swept the nation and the world, inciting new urgency and radical possibilities for advancing abolitionist practice and uprooting institutional racism.”
“All the lessons and resources from BLM center on 13 guiding principles, which include being queer and trans affirming. They tell young children to do ‘the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk,’” Rantz wrote.
Children are taught to be “transgender affirming” and “queer affirming” in a resource by Lalena Garcia. “Everybody has the right to choose their own gender by listening to their own heart and mind,” Garcia states. “Everyone gets to choose if they are a girl or a boy or both or neither or something else, and no one else gets to choose for them.”
Kindergartners are taught the BLM definition of the word “ally”: An ally is “someone who uses their [sic] power and space to work with harmed communities to end discrimination, racism, and prejudice,” the lesson plan states. And according to the BLM lesson guide, teachers of children in grades K-3 are directed to “help students develop their awareness and understanding of the following concepts: biological sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, non-binary, gender spectrum.”
Rantz added that the curriculum diminishes the role of fathers in families and attacks the notion of “patriarchal practices.” Garcia instructs teachers to instruct children that “Black Villages” seek the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the “collective village” that takes care of each other. “Black Women” means “the building of women-centered spaces free from sexism, misogyny, and male-centeredness.”
“Alternative perspectives” to these principles are predictably dismissed as “racist,” noted Rantz, who said he asked SPS how students will be exposed to alternative views beyond BLM. He was directed to the district’s Strategic Plan, which claimed that alternative points of view represent the “status quo,” and that “Seattle Public Schools is working to dramatically improve academic and life outcomes for students of color by disrupting the legacies of racism in our education system.”
This is Marxist revolutionary indoctrination, not education. SPS is not working to improve academic outcomes for students; it is aiming to create social justice activists who see only through the lens of race and power.