Perry O. Hooper
Several schools in Alabama, including the schools in Mountain Brook and Huntsville, have attempted to bring critical race theory into the curriculum of our students through the back door.
They attempted to implement the Anti-Defamation League’s “No Place for Hate” program. This program is being pushed nationwide into local school districts by the left-wing National Education Association (NEA). The National Education Association, of which the Alabama Education Association is an affiliate, adopted an agenda item for its recent convention which stated, “It is reasonable and appropriate that the curriculum be informed by academic executives for understand and interpret the impact of the past on societies, including critical race theory.
In her remarks at the convention, NEA President Becky Pringle urged teachers to adopt similar teachings in their lesson plans.
At first glance, there are certainly things to like about the “No Place to Hate” program, such as the condemnation of bullying and prejudice and the promotion of empathy. But below the surface there is much more.
The first red flag is that the details are always withheld from parents.
Another major concern begins with the requirements of the program. At least 75 percent of students must sign a “pledge” for a school to achieve a No Place for Hate designation. We’re told it’s voluntary, but in school districts across the country, teachers have been urged to pressure students to sign the pledge.
A school that implements the program must cede significant power over its day-to-day operations to an outside national militant group, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the creator of the program.
Schools “must notify ADL of any incident of bias, bullying, discrimination or harassment” and work with ADL to remedy it, or risk revocation of their NPFH designation. This is according to the NPFH manual. Although schools should not condone these behaviors, they do not need to cede authority to an outside organization to resolve them.
Schools are also required to reapply each year so that ADL can keep a close watch on them as we “move towards universal consciousness.” as the ADL calls it. To do this, schools are strongly encouraged to use the curriculum provided by ADL and students must complete three approved activities throughout the year.
Beginning in kindergarten, students learn the ‘cycle of inequality’ and that racism means’ the disrespect, prejudice and abuse inflicted on people of color on the basis of ideas that white people deserve to be. responsible ”.
The college students “examine the extent to which dress codes unfairly target certain identity groups” and analyze their differences in “Identity Iceberg”.
High school students explore how microaggressions are “ubiquitous in everyday life”. They dive into “The Pyramid of Hate” which declares that oppression is widespread in our society and seems to imply that not being “aware of privilege” can lead, down a continuum, to genocide.
These teachings are at the heart of critical race theory. As President Trump said: Critical Race Theory is toxic propaganda that will “destroy our country.” We must not allow it to be taught in any form in our public schools.
As a member of the executive committee of the Republican Party of Alabama, I sponsor a resolution for the executive committee to call on the legislature to pass a law banning the teaching of critical theory of race and its tenants in public schools of Alabama. The resolution will also call on state and local school boards to immediately stop all attempts to teach critical race theory during the 2021-22 school year.
As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said, “Be clear: there is no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory, teaching children to hate their country and hating is not worth a dime of taxpayer dollars. “
I call on all Alabamians to join in this effect in stopping the poison of critical race theory by speaking to your lawmakers and school board members and making your opinion known.
We must not allow our public schools to become centers of indoctrination for the far left. We must live up to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said that all Americans should not be judged on the color of their skin but on the content of their character.
Perry O. Hooper Jr. is a former state representative and a current member of the state’s Republican Executive Committee. For more information, please contact Perry O. Hooper Jr. at 334-391-0554 or email [email protected]