San Francisco School Board President Gabriela López and two additional board members face recall elections in February. Parents leading the recall say they are frustrated with the excessive amount of social justice indoctrination in the city’s classrooms.
Presiding over one of the last places to return to in-person instruction, the San Francisco Unified School District board spent time renaming schools, removing the names of American historical figures such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Sen. Diane Feinstein, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Recall movements are on the rise across the country as awareness of schools’ use of radical curriculum grows. This year more than 240 recall elections have been launched against school board members.
Around the country, parents and taxpayers are questioning public school curriculum and messaging to students. Anti-American instruction has begun reaching into the home and family, as schools increasingly impose an ideology that undermines traditional values even to the point of rejecting traditional family holidays and celebrations.
In the Washington D.C. public school district, parents were told that Thanksgiving is a time to discuss “genocide, ethnic cleansing, stolen land, and forced removal to reflect actions taken by colonizers,” the Daily Caller reports.
D.C. school chancellor Lewis Ferebee sent an email to parents describing the Thanksgiving holiday as one that “can be difficult for many to celebrate as we reflect on the history of the holiday and the horrors inflicted on our indigenous populations.”
The Los Angeles Public Schools (LAUSD) incorporated a Thanksgiving lesson describing the holiday as evil, The Federalist reports. The second largest public school district in the country has decreed that Thanksgiving is no longer to be celebrated in its traditional form.
The LAUSD Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity provided teachers with lessons designed to indoctrinate children into an ant-white, anti-Christian view of Thanksgiving. Materials describe settler attacks on indigenous people without including the historically accurate acknowledgment of attacks on settlers. Children are taught that white settlers were aggressors and indigenous people were strictly victims.
Redefining Thanksgiving is designed to diminish the message of thankfulness while emphasizing divisiveness, writes Spencer Lindquist for the Federalist.
“One doesn’t have to read very far into these two presentations to realize that the administrators at LAUSD who created these lessons fully intend for their students to reconsider Thanksgiving, specifically to see it as a celebration of racist violence rather than how it has traditionally been regarded as a celebration of unity and gratitude,” Lindquist writes.
The attack on Thanksgiving is an intentional attack on American traditions and values, Lindquist says. The leftist curriculum uses the holiday to manipulate children into seeing racism as central to American history and fosters ethnic and social division.
“To naively accept that the LAUSD was simply motivated by a desire to engage in historical or cultural preservation rather than to indict American traditions as uniquely racist is to ignore what we’ve learned from a year that’s been replete with controversies surrounding critical race theory,” Lindquist writes.
“The cancel culture is working to destroy Thanksgiving just as it has spent years undermining the sanctity of Christmas,” writes Constantinos E. Scaros in an opinion piece for The Western Journal. “Many on the left insist that Thanksgiving is yet another affirmation of white supremacy or white privilege.”
Rejection of this race-based education movement is not limited to white parents, writes John Fund at National Review.
“With so many members of minority groups and liberals questioning the wisdom of ‘woke’ education policy, a wholesale reevaluation of programs such as affirmative action in education is long overdue,” Fund writes.