Parents in Portland Public Schools are getting a sneak preview of what their children will be studying this year, and it’s quite an eye-opener.
Portland educators received a new teaching guide this year called “Planning to Change The World – A Plan Book For Social Justice Teachers 2018-19,” which comes with “weekly planning pages packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events, reference to online lesson plans and resources related to those dates, tips from social justice teachers across the country, inspirational quotes to share with students, thought-provoking essential questions to spark classroom discussions on critical issues, and reproducible social justice awards for students.”
The planner is produced by the Howard Zinn inspired Rethinking Schools and framed entirely from a far-left political perspective, according to the Gateway Pundit.
The book includes homages to PETA founder Alexander Fernando Pacheco, praises Communist killer Che Guevara, glorifies Islam and the Black Panther Party, celebrates the founding of North Korea and Iran, urges students to support gun control and abortion, and minimizes or eliminates Christian holidays.
In August, for example, the planner mentions the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, and features a quote from activist Pervez Musharraf: “Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred; universal brotherhood, not enmity; peace, and not violence.”
There’s also special recognition for Black Panther founder Fred Hampton’s birthday.
Rethinking Schools makes no mention of the Sept. 11 radical Islamic terrorist attacks that killed thousands of Americans. Instead, the teaching guide refers only to the Islamic holiday of Muharram, which begins on Sept. 11. Students are also prompted to celebrate the “70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)” on Sept. 9, the same day as the “20th anniversary of Keiko the orca’s release into the wild.”
The book is peppered with quotes from so-called “liberators” and “revolutionaries,” from Guevara to Third World Liberation Front member Roger Alvarado, to transgender advocate Laverne Cox, to Black Panthers James Forman, Angela Davis, and Assata Shakur.
“We are not born revolutionary,” according to Forman. “Revolutionaries are forged through constant struggle and the study of revolutionary ideas and experiences.”
“Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and each other,” Cox muses.
“Planning to Change the World” highlights the birthday of communist Roam Chomsky with bold letters. It’s the same treatment for Kwanzaa, the “40th anniversary of the 1st game of the Women’s Pro Basketball League,” and the “110th anniversary of Jack Johnson’s becoming the first Black heavyweight boxing champion,” “Cinco de Mayo,” “Roe v. Wade,” and the founding of Iran.
Christmas and Easter, meanwhile, are relegated to unbolded status, as are most Christian and Jewish holidays, if they’re mentioned on the calendar at all.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
Toward the end of the planner, they feature ads for other publications featuring more of the same far left lunacy. Those greedy capitalists trying to peddle their books and magazines. In fact, you can purchase your own PDF version of this very planner for $10.
The planners end with a set of certificates that teachers re encouraged to award students. One such award features a quote from Assata Shakur, a violent black Panther activist who escaped from prison and fled to Cuba in the 1970s after (the murder of) a police officer in New Jersey. She is now one of the FBI’s most wanted and there is a $2 million reward for her capture.
Other valuable resources include insight into why saying “girls and boys” or “men and women” is insulting to transgender people, and questions to really get kids thinking, such as “Whose responsibility is it to ensure that young people know their rights when it comes to contraception and abortion?” and “Whey are some uprisings called ‘riots’ while others are called ‘rebellions’? Whey, if at all, does the distinction matter?”
The social justice planners cost $18 each for the hard copies, which means Portland taxpayers shelled out up to $63,000 to indoctrinate local students, if Portland schools paid the full price for all of its roughly 3,500 teachers.
The expense comes as KVAL reports PPS faces a staggering $190 million in unfunded construction expenses that are taking a serious toll on the district’s budget.