Loudoun County, Virginia, is a case study in leftist ideas in education run amok. Now a recent revelation hints at the kind of radicalism that is being hidden from parents.
Loudoun County Public Schools are forcing parents to sign a non-disclosure agreement to view its school curriculum based on Critical Race Theory, the Daily Caller reported. The curriculum was designed by Second Step Programs under the umbrella of the leftist nonprofit Committee for Children.
So-called “eligible parents” are forced to sign the document just to see what their kids would be learning in the classroom. The materials are not subject to Virginia Freedom of Information Act laws and therefore couldn’t be viewed without that promise.
“I understand that the Authorized Presentation of Second Step Materials I am about to view is not a public event, and that copying, broadcast or recording of any kind is not permitted,” the form said. “I agree to comply with the terms of the above Special License.”
This set off alarm bells for Loudoun County’s Parents Against Critical Theory head Scott Mineo. “LCPS is partners with Southern Poverty Law Center, Racial Equity Tools, and Learning for Justice (SPLC), all of which have copyrighted material, however, LCPS freely provides access to these materials,” Mineo said.
“Why is there such a double standard when parents want to review Second Step SEL material in its entirety?” Mineo wondered. The answer likely lies in what’s included in the curriculum.
The Second Step material reportedly relies on “social-emotional learning,” which sounds like a noble cause except that it’s cover for the leftist ideals hidden within. The Committee for Children further stated that this kind of learning is “fundamental to achieving social justice,” yet another indication of their real purpose.
Other buzzwords include “diversity, equity, and inclusion” and the push to become an “anti-racist organization.” The concept of being an anti-racist is a phrase lifted directly from Ibram X. Kendi, the racial activist who has become a guru to those advancing CRT.
Loudoun County is just one of many school districts attempting to radicalize students with these ideas that they are prioritizing over actual academic learning. Parents are rightly concerned, but it looks like those in charge are doing what they can to keep it from them.