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Robert Namer
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November 26, 2021

      Social and emotional learning is the latest trend in your child’s classroom. SEL sounds beneficial, but that’s a disguise. In truth, it often indoctrinates kids with extremist ideas many parents don’t condone. CRT and other leftwing crap should not be taught to kids in school

     Monday, the Hartford Courant reported that West Hartford, Conn., elementary-school parents are in an uproar. They’re complaining that teachers are putting words like “nonbinary” on the chalkboard and telling kids, including kindergarteners, they can live life as a gender different from what they were assigned at birth. School authorities told parents that they can’t opt their children out.

     Most Americans think parents should have the final say on what children are taught. From Treasure Valley, Idaho, to Greenwich, Conn., school-board candidates made SEL an issue in elections earlier this month.  Also Monday, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita encouraged parents to speak up and cautioned that SEL programs shift “the role of teachers from educators to therapists.” Fighting SEL is an uphill battle because it’s not only favored by the left-leaning educational bureaucracy — it’s also big business. The SEL ecosystem today is flush with dollars,” reports industry consultant Tyton Partners.

     Billions in federal COVID-relief money for schools are being used to buy SEL programs and fund SEL instructors. Advocates and companies that produce the materials lobby Congress and the federal Education Department to ensure legislative language precisely matches what they’re selling.  But parental opposition is also surging. Attorney General Merrick Garland asked the FBI to look into parents protesting issues like SEL at school-board meetings. His son-in-law is a co-founder of Panorama Education, a company raking in millions selling SEL materials to school districts. Conflict of interest?  And what about the billions of dollars the Democrats’ Build Back Better legislation allocates to child care and pre-K? Will that money help indoctrinate even younger minds? Very likely. At least a dozen states, including New York, have already adopted SEL standards for preschool.

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