Many teachers and teachers unions in recent years have pushed left-leaning policies both in schools and in the public sphere – a phenomenon that’s been highlighted by a more intense focus on schools and unions amid the coronavirus pandemic and battles over how to teach about race in schools.
The progressive push goes from individual classroom teachers all the way to the highest education officials in the land, including President Joe Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. The ideas and policies advocated range from anti-racism to single-payer health care to ending “male-centric” language.
“We need teachers behind this wave of our curriculum becoming more ‘woke,’” Cardona wrote in a 2019 email when he was the Connecticut education commissioner. Fox News obtained the email via a Freedom of Information Act request.
Cardona was discussing strategy for drafting and promoting a new class on Black and Latino studies, which will be mandatory for all Connecticut students starting in fall 2022. “Under the leadership of Secretary Cardona, the Department of Education remains committed to advancing educational equity and ensuring that we prioritize, replicate, and invest in what works for all students, not just some,” a US Department of Education spokesperson said in response to Fox News revealing the email.
Miguel Cardona speaks after then-President-Elect Joe Biden announced him as his nominee for Education Secretary at the Queen theatre on December 23, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Cardona, as the Connecticut education commissioner, once said that “we need teachers behind this wave of our curriculum becoming more ‘woke.'” (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
EDUCATION SECRETARY MIGUEL CARDONA WORRIED ABOUT GETTING TEACHERS BEHIND NEW ‘WOKE’ CURRICULUM IN EMAIL
But the progressive lurch among educators and education officials is often just as prominent in teachers and local school officials as it is among high-profile individuals like Cardona. The teacher Cardona was advocating be on the panel to help create the Black and Latino studies curriculum, named Meghan Hatch-Geary, presents herself on Twitter as an “antiracist-focused educator.” She issued a statement lauding Cardona for caring about what teachers think so they would “be on board w/ this vital initiative.”
In more recent news, the New York Post reported this week that a middle school principal in Brooklyn wrote an email asking teachers to act make a political stand against Israel amid the fighting between the Jewish country and the Hamas terrorist organization.
“You can take action today by protesting, attending a vigil, making a public commitment to Palestinian Liberation, signing a petition, or calling your government officials to place sanctions on Isreal (sic),” the email said, according to the Post. “The time is now to take a stand for those impacted by state-sanctioned violence and crimes against the humanity of the most vulnerable in our world.”
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