By Gregory Thayer
Town Meeting Day elections are now in the books. We had excellent candidates, who advocated for parent involvement all around Vermont. They placed their names and ideals before the voters, because they are concerned about what is being taught to our kids in their local school districts.
They stepped up and asked questions, regardless of the vote tally. Many of them, I say 90%, ran for the first time for any public office. I am proud of them all and extremely happy and excited that many of them plan to stay engaged in the discussions at their local schoolboards for the future of our children. Thank you all for running.
Do you know what is going on in your local schools? On your local schoolboards? In your local district’s administration offices? These courageous parent candidates did not either, until one day they started to listen, pay attention, and ask questions. They attended school board meetings and conducted their own research, which led to more questions and research. They decided to run to effect change.
As I started to hear more and more about what is going on in our schools, the wokeism, teaching hate, the equity programs, the LBGTQ stuff, the bullying and fights, and other things. I too started to do research on what I was hearing. I decided to take action and put the full weight of my organization the “Vermonters for Vermont” Initiative behind educating my fellow Vermonters about these practices.
It all came back to the Marxist teachings of Critical Theory. I started to organize townhall informational events around the state hosting Critical Race Theory (CRT) Townhall. My hope was to educate fellow Vermonters about what is really being taught at their schools. Over the past 10 months, I have learned a lot more about it from people who came to our townhalls. Students as young as second grade are being taught that because of color of their skin, they are inherently racist.
It’s very important to clear this up right now. CRT and equity are “not a part of the curriculum,” according to Dan French, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education. He said it is the responsibility of the local school boards. Teachers, school board members, and administration officials, and activist will argue that CRT is not being taught in our schools, that CRT is a graduate school teaching.
Wrong! CRT comes in many shapes and sizes, and is happening all around us in your local schools, and at every grade level. It is also happening in adult settings, like government offices, the sports arena from pee-wee to professional athletes and referees, and in many businesses, Human Resource departments, and churches.
There are plenty of examples of CRT being pushed in every school around the state. It starts with participant trophies and ends with hanging BLM flags on flagpoles at schools and other public organizations in our communities. Teachers hang up those flags in the classrooms, athletes take a knee against the American flag,
In Essex, the football coach was removed for the way he disciplined some players, some educators canceled real, truthful American history. We see the tearing down of historical statutes from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and our Founding Fathers; we see books removed from school libraries because they are too white and the truth about slavery and indigenous people was either taught incorrectly or not at all.
Equity happens in the hiring of coaches and regular employers too. We see certain words being eradicated, because someone is offended and their feelings are hurt.
Words and systems are being used to minimize and shame white students. White kids now come home asking their parents questions like, ”Mom, are we bad because we are white? Are we racist because we are white?” Kids are being asked what their relationship is with a police officer? Shamefully, CRT is all around us, and yes, it is being taught in the lowest grade levels in the government schools.
Teachers are indoctrinated in their colleges and graduate studies. Then they enter your local schools and the districts systems. Educators are being forced to take annual training courses in DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) and SEL (Social Emotional Learning), which is the parent of CRT education. Teaching white students they are oppressors and black students they are oppressed. Government offices and private businesses are forcing DEI trainings on their employees.
Our local Chamber of Commerce doesn’t know if it is a social justice organization or a business development organization. Equity is not good growth, for people. Equity is the lowest common denominator for results and opportunity. It holds students and adults back from achieving greatness by equalizing mediocrity.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Booker T. Washington, and Frederick Douglass fought for equality, not equity. They wanted people to have equal opportunities to achieve their individual best, not some government school standard. Dr. King denounced Marxism and all its branches. Moreover, we already have programs in-place, laws to teach diversity and inclusion, and laws to protect people who are violated by others. As for SEL, teaching social intelligence is the responsibility of the family, not the schools.
As Vermont’s next lieutenant governor, I will work tirelessly on getting our schools back to the basics teaching the 3 R’s, teaching true and factual United States history from 1776 on, to raising our districts’ test scores. And further, teaching with a pro-human morals approach. Teaching good citizenship, physical health fitness and respect. Lastly, teaching students that all of them are relevant and important, regardless of class or skin color. CRT is in our schools right now, it’s not in textbook or the curriculum.
You have my vote, Mr. Thayer! BLM is one of the most racist organizations today. It’s just another hate group, and because of that other ridiculous woke invention, intersectionality, they spew hateful propaganda at Israel. Talk about running out from your lane. שלום
I got involved with school board meetings in Springfield because of the push by Springfield School administration silently pushing a CRT and DEI ( Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) agenda. One of the subjects that they based their high school summer camp curriculum on was ” Are you teaching the children of white supremacists ?” by T. Ejilah Hawkes. Former principal from Randolph Vt. He’s now : Director of School Leadership Programs and Program Faculty at UVIE in the Upper Valley. That “education group”, in my opinion , is full of CRT fans and uber-left activists.
When approached on the “White supremacy” summer special, the outgoing school superintendent denying it being “racist” or connected to CRT. Many of us parents and grandparents were gaslighted by the school leadership over bringing up that issue and others directly related to CRT and DEI.
We don’t plan on dropping this issue anytime soon.
Hawkes and the UVIE, as an education group, is CRT and DEI, by yet another name foisted on parents. Find out what is really going on in our schools!!
One of the only positives of the virus closing the schools is the on-line learning that educated the parents and grandparents and other caring person of what is really being taught in the school systems. I was appalled when I heard what my grandchildren were being taught. That is when I started researching this crt and all the things involved with it. I listened to what Russ Ingalls and Ben Morley were trying to educate parents about it. I watched the video on UTUBE when Mr. Castle from NCUHS lied about what was being taught as did so many others. That was after several kids had the courage to stand up and talk about what was happening in our local schools. It sounded to me like these educators were saying these kids were lying. They condemned Mr. Ingalls saying he was just looking for votes. Now, I am hearing that the schools are allowing kids to identify as whatever animal they want to be and dress the part as well as imitate the behavior. Even allowing these kids to have litter pans in the bathrooms that the janitors are responsible to empty. AND this is expectable behavior for high school kids. Where is the line going to be drawn? What is going on in the education system now? If I had a child in school right now, I would pull them out immediately and find another and better way to educate my child. AND I would stop paying any school tax too. What they are being taught now is not an education it is indoctrination. Talk about history. Look what happened before the start of WW2 in Germany. My second rant is about the sex education being taught to all these little kids. Who authorized someone to teach about sex in the school anyway? That has no business in the schools. Neither do condoms in schools. It’s time the education systems get an overhaul and anyone not wanting to teach traditional subjects can be fired. We do not need them near our young minds. to corrupt them. My vote goes to anyone that will clean up this corrupt educational system we have now.