By: Mark Glennon*

ISBE, the Illinois State Board of Education, has proposed a rule for Illinois schools titled “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards.”

If adopted, it will expressly mandate what teachers must think, believe and teach, and it would disqualify teachers that don’t conform.

It would replace education with political indoctrination. It’s written just as you would imagine from a regime attempting to transition from freedom of thought and diversity of opinion to authoritarianism and state censorship.

It’s centered around a requirement to be a “culturally responsive teacher.” Each section of the rule starts by saying what a culturally responsive teacher will do.

Will do means must do under the proposed rule. “Approval of any preparation program or course of study in any teaching, school support, or administrative field…shall be based on the congruence of that program’s or course’s content with the applicable standards identified in this Part.”

Some examples of what teachers “will do” under the rule:

Mandatory counterculture curriculum. The culturally responsive teacher will “co-create content to include a counternarrative to dominant culture.”

Training students to be progressive activists. Leveraging Student Activism” is an entire section in the rule. Culturally responsive teachers and leaders will “Help students identify actions that can be taken to apply learning to develop opportunities and relationships for alliances…. Research and offer student advocacy and activism content with real world implications and [h]old high expectations in which all students can participate and lead as student advocates or activists.”

Mandatory thinking for teachers. The culturally responsive teacher and leader will “engage in reflection about their own actions and interactions and what ideas motivated those actions,” and “explore their own intersecting identities, how they were developed, and how they impact daily experience of the world.” Teachers must “assess their biases and perceptions” about, among other things, “unearned privilege, Eurocentrism, etc.”

Acceptance of the “system of oppression”thesis ubiquitous in today’s racial politics. “The culturally responsive teacher and leader will “[u]nderstand how the system of inequity has impacted them as an educator” and “understand how a system of inequity creates rules regarding student punishment that negatively impacts students of color.”

Rejection of objective truth. Culturally responsive teachers will “[u]nderstand and value the notion that multiple lived experiences exist, that there is not one ‘correct’ way of doing or understanding something, and that what is seen as ‘correct’ is most often based on our lived experiences.”

[Emphasis added.]

Stories of dogmatic, political bias in Illinois schools are now common. Parents and students are easy to find with examples of one-sided leftism being taught as fact, ridicule of students who dissent from progressive ideas and even grade penalties for right-of-center thinking.

This new, pending rule, however, would institutionalize that conduct. It would build on a 2017 state law mandating implicit bias training for Illinois teachers by assuring that such training, and more, is accepted and taught.

The pending rule has been harshly criticized by the Illinois Pro-Family Alliance and the Thomas More Society, a legal action group that sees First Amendment violations in the rule.

So far, ISBE is sticking with its proposal. “The Illinois State Board of Education stands by the proposed Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards, which were developed by educators for educators,” said Illinois State Board of Education spokesperson Jackie Matthews according to Center Square. “Every student deserves to feel welcome, included, and accepted at school and to see their cultural identity affirmed and represented in the curriculum. This feeling of belonging is critical to improving academic and behavioral outcomes for Illinois’ students.”

As reported by Illinois Capitol News, the proposed standards were first published in the Illinois Register on Sept. 11, opening up a 45-day public comment period that expired Oct. 25. The state board is scheduled to act on them at its Dec. 16 meeting. If the board approves them, the new rules would be published a second time, starting another 45-day period during which the proposed standards would be reviewed by the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, or JCAR.

If approved by JCAR, the standards would become part of the standards by which all teachers and administrators are evaluated. They would also be incorporated into teacher preparation programs at college and university schools of education.

The proposed regulation would apply to how teachers are trained in Illinois to become licensed teachers.  All public schools require licensed teachers, and many private schools prefer licensed teachers, although licensure in private schools is not legally required.

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So far, I have seen no criticism of the rule beyond the above from the IFPA and Thomas More Society. The price of liberty, which is eternal vigilance, is going unpaid.

Make no mistake. The pending rule would be another major step in the conversion of education into state-controlled autocracy. It is a direct assault on free society.

*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.

UPDATE 11/21/20: The term “lesson plan” was deleted to avoid any unintended inference about where these proposed standards directly apply. They would apply both to candidates for a teacher license and to the programs that prepare them. They therefore relate directly to lesson plans for training teachers, but only indirectly to the lesson plans they use in K-12 education.

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Mike
2 hours ago

If the ISBE CRTL standards are approved, here is the likely certification process for higher education teacher and administrator programs. Private and public colleges and universities programs with apply to the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) to certify their educator preparation programs meet ISBE CRTL standards. https://www.isbe.net/Pages/State-Educator-Preparation-and-Licensure-Board.aspx Thus sending a child to a private Preschool – 12th grade school will likely not allow one to entirely escape CRTL standards, as some if not many of the private PreK – 12th grade teachers and administrators will themselves have been educated in an Illinois private or public college or university… Read more »

Mike
20 hours ago

The ISBE DLRT CRTL standards will be used to “educate” current and future teachers, administrators, and support personnel in colleges, universities, and in-service training sessions.

The “educated” educators will then create curriculum and lesson plans which will be used in “educating” preschool thru 12th grade children in public and private schools.

The “standards” will be used to “teach” children 180 or so days a year in ways you can only imagine today.

This “teaching” will be justified by pointing to the “standards.”

The opportunity cost of time spent on such “education?”

Mike
6 days ago

Equitable not equal is the new paradigm in Illinois education to allocate resources.

Plenty of articles available via an internet search.

How to make each classification in the ISBE DLRT CRTL standards equitable?

Mike
7 days ago

Equality of outcomes in the name of “culturally responsive teaching and leading standards” (CLRT) and “diverse and learner ready teachers” (DLRT).

Beginning to sink in?

Mike
6 days ago
Reply to  Mike

CRTL

Mike
11 days ago

Teacher, Administrator, and Support Personnel rules for transgender and transgender curious students.

That is one of the many targets of the proposed standards.

Mike
11 days ago

The proposed ISBE DLRT CRTL standards, if approved by the ISBE and ILGA JCAR committee, will be used by: Private and public colleges and universities in Illinois to train teachers, administrators, and educational support personnel (esp’s). Illinois School Districts to provide in-service educator professional development to teachers, administrators, and educational support personnel. Here is one of many examples of what that means in layman’s terms (the details are in the rules). Let’s say a child wants to be a teacher in Illinois. The parent(s) / caregiver and child select UIUC (University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign). The state will require… Read more »

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Mike
12 days ago

One aspect of the CRTL standards is they are LGBTQ standards.

For more about the LGBTQ movement listen to the November 22, 2020 Ben Shapiro Show podcast interview of Abigail Shrier, whose book “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” has been been by Amazon and Target.

Mike
12 days ago
Reply to  Mike

…that has been banned by Amazon and Target.

Mike
12 days ago
Reply to  Mike

The book is currently available on Amazon (apparently it was temporarily pulled).

http://www.amazon.com/Irreversible-Damage-Transgender-Seducing-Daughters/dp/1684510317

The book is currently not available at Target (it is listed as “sold out.”)

http://www.target.com/p/irreversible-damage-by-abigail-shrier-hardcover/-/A-79663643

Mike
12 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Apparently the ban by Target was also temporary.

“The retail chain eventually reversed its decision to pull Shrier’s book after facing harsh backlash, tweeting Friday that ‘We want to offer a broad assortment for our guests and are adding this book back to Target.com.

We apologize for any confusion.'”

http://www.foxnews.com/media/abigail-shrier-book-deemed-transphobic-target-pulls

Mike
13 days ago

The Administrative State. Here is how to navigate the Illinois Administrative Code as it applies to the proposed CRTL standards. https://ilga.gov/commission/jcar > Administrative Code > Title 23: Education and Cultural Resources > Part 24 Standards for all Illinois Teachers. The CRTL standards repeal: Section 24.100 – The Illinois Professional Teaching Standards Through June 30, 2013. Section 24.110 – Language Arts Standards for All Illinois Teachers Through June 30, 2013. Section 24.120 – Technology Standards for All Illinois Teachers Through June 30, 2013. Those sections were replaced with the following section in 2013. Section 24.130 The Illinois Professional Teaching Standards Beginning… Read more »

Mike
13 days ago

Wait. The proposed ISBE DLRT CRTL standards apply only to educator “preparation programs.” Educator preparation programs are found in higher education, not Pre-K through 12th grade local school districts. So the ISBE is proposing that all educator preparation programs must be woke educator preparation programs. Separately, does the ISBE eventually plan to implement CRTL standards at the school district level? Here is more detail on the educator preparation programs. The ISBE maintains a “directory of approved programs” that identifies the various preparation programs available in Illinois. Search by: Program Types (Administrative, School Support Personnel, Teaching). Delivery Mode (Blended, Online, Face… Read more »

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Mike
11 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Actually the proposed ISBE DLRT CRTL standards also apply to “…in-service educator professional development.”

Presumably that in-service educator professional development is delivered to Preschool – 12th grade teachers, administrators, and support personnel.

Mike
13 days ago

Here is one practical result of what would ensue if the ISBE board and the ILGA JCAR approve of the ISBE DLRT CRTL standards. The Illinois State Board of Education becomes the Illinois State Board of Woke Education. CPS becomes CPWS (Chicago Public Woke Schools). New Trier becomes Woke New Trier. Every school district becomes a Woke School District. Not instantaneously, but as the woke standards are infused into the college and university teacher prep programs and implemented in the over 700 school districts in Illinois. This is big government flexing its educational cultural warfare muscle. It is not easy… Read more »

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Mike
14 days ago

Asra Nomani speaks about the woke culture from her female Muslim perspective.
https://twitter.com/AsraNomani

Mike
14 days ago

Jim Bacon and the Bacon’s Rebellion blog covers Virginia similar to what Mark Glennon and Wirepoints does in Illinois.

http://www.baconsrebellion.com

https://twitter.com/jabacon

Mike
14 days ago

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has an entire website dedicated to “Culturally Responsive Education.” One of the many documents is titled, “Self-Evident Truth: Unequal American History in Schools.” https://equity.cps.edu/tags/culturally-responsive-education The City of Chicago School District 299 also has many equity related websites, each with many documents. The equity related websites and a sample document under each follow. Equity Toolkit: “Chicago Public Schools Racial Equity Impact Assessment” https://equity.cps.edu Equity Framework: “Chief Equity Officer” https://equity.cps.edu/equity-framework/overview Condition Setting: “Anti-Racist Work in Schools: Are You in it for the Long Haul?”https://equity.cps.edu/tags/condition-setting Current Context: “Understanding & Uprooting Anti-Blackness in Schools” https://equity.cps.edu/tags/current-context Equity Teams: “What’s Wrong With… Read more »

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Mike
14 days ago

IMSA, February 6, 2020, “Creating a Culturally Responsive STEM Classroom,” by Adrienne Coleman and Sowmya Anjur.

https://twitter.com/DunedainRanger9/status/1315142419571245057

“Dr. Gutiérrez introduces the term “Mathematx” to signify a humanizing re-imagination of mathematics free from dominance of Eurocentric and White culture, that takes into account Indigenous Knowledge.”

37 pages.

Perhaps this is the future of CRTL STEM classrooms in Illinois.

Mike
14 days ago

The ISBE did not make much of an effort to this date to notify parents of what has occurred in the development of the DLRT CRTL standards. The ISBE did create a DLRT website. http://www.isbe.net/dlrt The ISBE DLRT website includes at this time board minutes from three meetings: September 18, 2018 (1 page). March 22, 2019 (4 pages). May 10, 2019 (2 pages). That’s a total of 7 pages over 8 months. No minutes for the last 6 months. The ISBE appointed a 10 member DLRT Steering Team which in some unspecified fashion solicited applications for a committee: “ISBE solicited… Read more »

Mike
14 days ago

Rhyen Staley’s The Reconnaissance blog delves into the woke education movement.

https://rhyenstaley.substack.com

He takes a culture curriculum position counter to the ISBE.

Mike
14 days ago

The New Discourses blog (Knoxville, TN) has a counter narrative to the proposed State of Illinois ISBE DLRT CRTL educator (teachers, administrators, support personnel) standards. https://newdiscourses.com ISBE = Illinois State Board of Education. DLRT = Diverse & Learner Ready Teachers. CRTL = Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading standards. Illinois would be the first of 50 states to mandate DLRT educator standards. CRTL standards involves substantial changes to how educators are trained. For example, there is a phase in period for colleges and universities to adopt the new standards in their teacher and administrator degree programs. First phase in period: Beginning… Read more »

Aaron
14 days ago

This started years ago with climate change and removing the pledge of allegiance from daily activity. After all, it’s easier to scream “but the democracy” and “threat to democracy” if you don’t grow up saying the pledge. Hint: it’s a republic.

Mike
14 days ago

To voice an opinion on the proposed CRTL standards up for approval at the December 16, 2020 ISBE board meeting, one can email the board members. There are eight Governor appointed ISBE members: Darren Reisberg, Chicago, Chair of the Board. Dr. Donna S. Leak, Flossmoor, Vice-Chairperson. Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Chicago, Secretary. Dr. Christine Benson, Ottawa. Dr. David R. Lett, Springfield. Susie Morrison, Carlinville Jane Quinlan, Champaign. Jacqueline Robbins, Batavia. The ninth member is the ISBE State Superintendent of Education, currently Dr. Carmen Ayala. They can be reached by emailing the board services coordinator at KPARR@isbe.net. Indicate if the email is… Read more »

Mike
14 days ago
Mike
14 days ago

The ISBE DLRT Steering Team, and the ISBE DLRT Network (DLRTN) were part of the effort to embed CRTL in the IPTS (Illinois Professional Teaching Standards). CRTL is the name of Illinois’ DLRT initiative and is to be used in educator licensure. Here is the eighth and final CRTL category, and the underlying sub-categories. h) Student Representation in the Learning Environment – Culturally responsive teachers and leaders ensure the diversity of their student population is equally represented within the learning environment. In turn, all members of the student population feel seen, heard, and affirmed. Exceptionally well-versed culturally responsive teachers and… Read more »

Mike
14 days ago

Illinois’ DLRT initiative is named CRTL. The organization promoting DLRT nationwide is the Washington, DC based CCSSO. CCSSO (along with NGA) sponsored the Common Core state standards initiative. Here is the seventh CRTL category, and the underlying sub-categories. g) Content Selections in All Curricula – Culturally responsive teachers and leaders intentionally embrace student identities and prioritize representation in the curriculum. In turn, students are not only given a chance to identify with the curriculum, they become exposed to other cultures within their schools and both their local and global communities. The culturally responsive teacher and leader will: 1) Curate the… Read more »

Mike
14 days ago

The proposed CRTL rules cover more than just teachers. They cover public Pre-K – 12th grade teachers, administrators (leaders), and support personnel (ESP), and will be taught in colleges and universities to those pursuing degrees and certifications in the aforementioned fields. Here is the sixth CRTL category, and the underlying sub-categories. f) Family and Community Collaboration – Culturally responsive teachers and leaders will partner with families and communities to build rapport, form collaborative and mutual relationships, and engage in effective cross-cultural communication. The culturally responsive teacher and leader will: 1) Regularly interact with students, families, and communities in both English… Read more »

Mike
15 days ago

There are Illinois CRTL rules to emphasize student advocacy. Since teacher unions are dominated by Democrats, will the students receive Democrat skewed activist advice? Here is the fifth CRTL category, and underlying sub-categories. e) Leveraging Student Activism – Culturally responsive teachers and leaders will support and create opportunities for student advocacy and representation in the content and classroom. The culturally responsive teacher and leader will: 1) Emphasize and connect with students about their identities, advocacies, and self-interest. 2) Offer guidance to students on how to develop a self-advocacy plan to inform decisions and choices. 3) Include students in the creation… Read more »

Mike
15 days ago

The ISBE DLRT committee created the CRTL rules for preschool – high school public education. Here is the fourth CRTL category, and underlying sub-categories. d) Students as Co-Creators – Culturally responsive teachers and leaders (who fundamentally believe all students are capable) center learning around students’ experiences and position them as co-creators, with emphasis on prioritizing historically marginalized students. The culturally responsive teacher and leader will: 1) Encourage and affirm the personal experiences (family, community, culture, etc.) students share in the classroom. 2) Make authentic connections between academic learning and students’ prior knowledge, native language, culture, and values. 3) Consistently solicit… Read more »

Mike
15 days ago

Public Education, Illinois Style. Here is the third CRTL category, and underlying sub-categories, for teachers, administrators (leaders), and support personnel. c) Students as Individuals – Culturally responsive teachers and leaders view and value their students as individuals within the context of their families and communities. The culturally responsive teacher and leader will: 1) Learn from and about their students’ culture, language, and learning styles to make instruction more meaningful and relevant to their students’ lives. 2) Engage with students’ families and community members outside of the classroom to develop a more holistic understanding of the students’ lived experiences. 3) Develop… Read more »

Mike
15 days ago

Here is the second CRTL category, and the underlying sub-categories. Teachers, administrators, and support personnel in all public schools in Illinois will be required to abide by these proposed Illinois Administrative Code rules, if the appointed / ex-officio ISBE board approves them on December 16, 2020. b) Systems of Oppression – Culturally responsive teachers and leaders understand that there are systems in our society that create and reinforce inequities, thereby creating oppressive conditions. Educators work actively against these systems in their everyday roles in educational institutions.   Performance Indicators – The culturally responsive teacher and leader will: 1) Understand the… Read more »

Mike
15 days ago

Here is the first CRTL category, and the underlying sub-categories. a) Self-Awareness and Relationships to Others –   Culturally responsive teachers and leaders are reflective and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how they impact others, leading to more cohesive and productive student development as it relates to academic and social-emotional development for all students. The culturally responsive teacher and leader will: 1) Understand and value the notion that multiple lived experiences exist, that there is not one “correct” way of doing or understanding something, and that what is seen as “correct” is most often based on our lived experiences.… Read more »

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Mike
15 days ago

There are 8 categories and 65 sub-categories in the CRTL standards.

Here are the 8 categories:

a) Self-Awareness and Relationships to Others (10 sub-categories)

b) Systems of Oppression (7 sub-categories)

c) Students as Individuals (7 sub-categories)

d) Students as Co-Creators (6 sub-categories)

e) Leveraging Student Activism (8 sub-categories)

f) Family and Community Collaboration (11 sub-categories)

g) Content Selections in All Curricula (12 sub-categories)

h) Student Representation in the Learning Environment (4 sub-categories).

There is quite a bit of new vocabulary in the standards.

Mike
15 days ago

“This rulemaking will incorporate Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading (CRTL) standards into Illinois preparation programs.   The standards were developed by the state’s Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher (DLRT) Network, which consists of current teachers, school and district administrators, education advocacy group members, and representatives from institutions of higher education.   The network was charged by ISBE to develop standards that will be used to drive educator preparation and in-service educator professional development.   Culturally responsive teaching and leading are critically important in Illinois.   Statewide, 52 percent of public school children are non-white, yet only 17 percent of their… Read more »

Concerned in Wilmette
18 days ago

While I don’t like the above development, I’m highly confident I can keep my kids grounded and not fall to the above indoctrination trap. Perhaps other parents are so hands off that they feel like they have no control over how their kids think/act/behave. I would encourage everyone to be proactive in their kids lives and their religious/moral/political views (I’m sure everyone here already is). Candidly I’m more worried about this highly rushed vaccine and the possibility of mandating all kids — in both public and private school — take it in order to have their seat in a classroom.… Read more »

Anonymous
18 days ago

I have told family and friends to get their kids out of public schools– they are socialist caves that are the initiation quarters

Janet Salihar
21 days ago

Because of the anti Catholic bias that existed in our country when I was school age. Catholic parents were very much encouraged to keep them out of public schools. We were very poor but my parents sent all 6 of us to a Catholic school. All of us kids then worked as soon as we were able to help out financially. This is what conservatives in America must do now. Forget the new car, expensive vacations and everything else you think you need. Tighten your belt and either home school or send your children to a private school. Our country… Read more »

Christopher Mathew
21 days ago

As a future teacher in this state, it absolutely disappoints me to hear this. What I get by this is that raising students as progressive activists, recalling systems of oppression, and the rejection of an objective truth is no different than what I hear from some professors in college. You’re just taking it down to the K-12 level. Freedom of speech is important. Coerced or compelled speech violates this, and I hope no teacher will be forced to turn their classroom into a leftist echo chamber against their will.

Christopher Mathew
21 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Thank you, I appreciate it.

Aaron
14 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

When the paychecks start rolling in, the opinion changes in a hurry.

KEVIN D PEPPARD
21 days ago

I think you mean the Thomas More Society, after the advisor to Henry VIII beheaded for his faith.

Joey Zamboni
21 days ago

Don’t forget to wear your mask 24/7…

Stay home…

And for gosh sakes DON’T celebrate Thanksgiving with family, it’s a Death Sentence…!

Suzanne Dale Rosenorn
21 days ago
Reply to  Joey Zamboni

Masks will cause bacteria pneumonia if worn that many hours a day. Also acne, and memory loss to just name a few.

Mark Felt
21 days ago

Illinois is swirling down the drain even faster than I thought!

Mikhail Chudnovsky
21 days ago

This new law is a scam and has nothing to do with education at all. The kids are taught by the undereducated morons and the required licensing is another proof of our university system failure. This is America and when someone comes here, that one must become an American. There is only one way to preserve this great nation from the collapse. Teach science, teach how to think and create rather than how to rob successful and productive people and to distribute their wealth among thugs and waste their talent fighting against morons. ISBE must go out of business– I… Read more »

NB-Chicago
21 days ago

Fantastic writing! But make no mistake the “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” has nothing to do with helping out poor folks and everything to do with PEDDELING GUILT….teach the kiddies early they and thier parents don’t deserve their homes, paycheck or savings. But teach them instead us 2nd class citizenry should fork over even more to our upper income public sect hero/ over loards in the bizarre world of illinois upper income socialism for the few at the expense of the many. And never ever empower the kids by teaching them about the scam of gov/cash accounting, the power… Read more »

NB-Chicago
21 days ago
Reply to  NB-Chicago

As bankrupt cps annually budgets +$24k/per student spending with only partial payment to their rediculous pensions. Way above the natioal average$$$$$

Governor of Alderaan
21 days ago

Next the Dictator will require all children to join the Pritzker Youth

NB-Chicago
21 days ago

Yea, and maybe get a carrier as pool boy at one of his pads in florida or Wisconsin!! (At 62 where do i sign up?)

21 days ago

Why did so many of our countrymen and women die trying to free other nations from the dictatorship and tyranny of dictators who told them what to think or believe in? Why is a fictional book like 1984 or Atlas Shrugged becoming a reality? Will they also tell you what religion you may practice, or what books you can read? Will they then beginning burning books and then putting a bullet in the back of the head to those that disagree, or are too old for their mandates? Without independent thinking kids will become the robots of a Globalist society.… Read more »

21 days ago

In a casual conversation with a stranger, a woman in her 30s, I asked what she does for a living. She is a high school teacher in Chicago. I asked what subjects she teaches. She teaches civics and politics. I commented: So, you read de Tocqueville with your kids and discuss the American political system. She got confused; this was the first time she heard about de Tocqueville. In my view, new regulations cannot make it worse. On second thought, when I was growing up in then socialistic Poland, seeing the system’s disintegration, we often commented that it was so… Read more »

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NoHope4Illinois
21 days ago

Do you want your kids to end up a Leftist illiterate like so many Chicago Democrats?

Families need to run away from public schools if they can!

PlanningAnExit
21 days ago

We just finished celebrating the true heroes of our nation on Veteran’s Day… They fought and sacrificed, sometimes ultimately, for FREEDOM. These Marxists deserve no place in our society.

Riverbender
21 days ago

“Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children!” ~ Malcolm X

Stevet
21 days ago

So illinois schools will become training grounds for antifa and blm activists…we must fight back …what is best way to fight this…any ideas appreciated. I have 3 children in school and demand this be struck down.

NoHope4Illinois
21 days ago
Reply to  Stevet

My wife and I sacrificed greatly to send our kids to parochial schools – they never darkened the doorway of the sorry public schools in Illinois. We are very happy with our sacrifice.

Fed up neighbor
21 days ago

👍 likewise

harald
21 days ago

Rejection of objective truth.” 2+2=4. There is an order to the world in which we live. Try building a house while willfully ignoring or rejecting the basic principles of math, etc. — the fruits of that labor probably won’t be good or last long.  Try building/advancing a society while willfully ignoring or rejecting Natural Law — reason and history (Mao’s China, Lenin’s Russia) make plain the results.

Governor of Alderaan
21 days ago
Reply to  harald

For years the democrats have been budgeting based on their belief that 2+2=8

Stevet
21 days ago
Reply to  harald

Sheer stupidity

Illinois Entrepreneur
21 days ago

This is what the Left does. All this crap starts out as some grievance theory that is then given “academic rigor” with a few papers by professors trying to climb on the virtue bandwagon. The social justice activists then pick up on the latest “cutting edge” social theory and start to attempt to “mainstream” it. In other words, they tell everyone about how to fix this malignancy in our society, and that, “you are one of the cool kids if you get ahead of this.” These are the people who put the rubber to the road; get noisy. So they… Read more »

Fred
21 days ago

Teach everyone to think and draw like Fred Klonsky… nobody can draw a pension like he can.

nixit
21 days ago
Reply to  Fred

Seven weeks until all those untaxed state pensioners receive their automatic 3% raises. Broke on purpose.

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22 days ago

I used to be senior staff at a summer academic camp. We had the following rules: Rule 0: Be excellent to each other Rule 1: Don’t do stupid stuff Rule 2: No fire Rule 3: Do not divide by zero, except when supervised by staff That pretty much covered everything we needed. Yes, this was for gifted kids, but children are wisdom-limited in many ways, no matter how high-IQ or highly educated (in real terms). Rule 0 didn’t actually spur many arguments, but Rule 1 did. Generally, I did not detail why what they did was stupid, I simply asked… Read more »