Free to Learn: Leadership at its Best

By | June 28, 2021

[June 28, 2021]  When I wrote yesterday about how courage comes in many forms (read that as kids showing adults how to be courageous), I had no idea that there is a new organization that is bravely taking on “woke” education.  They are providing a lesson in leadership at its best.

Free to Learn has as its mission, in part:

The Free to Learn Coalition advocates for classrooms independent of political influence.  We do this by partnering with parent and community groups that are ready to take on political activism at their school. We provide tailored coaching, local support, planning, and resources to counter the unique challenges within a community.

There has been a movement by school administrators to remove high academic principles and replace them with dumbed-down standards.  We saw this in the “trophy for every kid” idea that started back in the 1960s and has manifested itself in Critical Racist Theory applications in our schools.

There is also an unfortunate trend of schools changing or eliminating merit-based, accelerated learning programs. Dismantling such programs ensures that the only students who will excel long term are those who can afford a private education, tutoring, or specialized extracurricular programs.

We are beginning to see grassroots organizations, led by local leaders, parents, and ordinary citizens, pushing back on the growing Marist influence in American school systems.  We’ve known for a long time that students in our schools are falling behind academically compared to other countries.

While the U.S. continues to fall behind other nations in basic skills like reading, writing, math, and science, the most important decisions regarding a student’s education are being made by school administrators behind closed doors and are increasingly influenced by political activists.

 I applaud the leadership of those leading Free to Learn.  The organization has released several videos that target individual school districts.  You can watch four of their videos that target specific school districts here.

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

22 thoughts on “Free to Learn: Leadership at its Best

  1. corralesdon

    Gen. Satterfield, thanks for highlighting this org. I’m always looking for places to give a few of my hard-earned dollars. I do with what I want with my money. I don’t wan’t govt deciding where it goes because they use my money to underwrite abortion and other morally repugnant activities.

    1. Cabbie McCain

      Yep. And so is this leadership website. Gen. Satterfield is the best.

    2. KenFBrown

      Big fan of yours SR. We all love your articles, write more!!! Please.

  2. Mr. T.J. Asper

    Keep this CRT Marxist garbage out of my school. I told the principle that folks are watching closely and that she had better not encourage CRT (or whatever new name they are calling it) into our school system or there would be a horrific backlash and she would be fired in disgrace. I think she was considering it but now, not so much.

    1. Linux Man

      TJ we need more folks like you. Tell them and tell them again that people are looking at them. CRT is racist. It teaches kids (and adults) to hate one another based on the color of their skin.

  3. old warrior

    “We are beginning to see grassroots organizations, led by local leaders, parents, and ordinary citizens, pushing back on the growing Marist influence in American school systems. We’ve known for a long time that students in our schools are falling behind academically compared to other countries.” This is all very positive but I am a bit more pessimistic. As others have written, get involved. If you don’t, them someone should kick you in the butt.

    1. H. M. Longstreet

      Yeah but who will do the butt kicking? I will for one. My hand is up and I am ready. I just went to a Republican meeting last week and brought up CRT. They weren’t too informed on it. Now, I have to help lead them.

      1. Guns are Us

        Freedom is not always easy. Learn about it, talk about it, and pushback every time some stupid person brings up how “compassionate” they are and are supportive of these racist ideas.

  4. Georgie B.

    Wow, excellent article. This organization came out of nowhere. I sure will be reading more about them and seeing if I can get them to help us out here in Chicago.

  5. Tony B. Custer

    We’ve let this leftist-progressivism go on for far too long. Now it’s time we stand up and fight against it. We do this by educating those who would rather sit at home and watch tv instead of helping their community. Find out who is leading this racist CRT crap in your community and call them out. Thank God we have people like in this Free to Learn organization to help.

    1. Greg Heyman

      You got that right Tony but we shouldn’t have to depend upon others. We have the personal responsibility to stand up on our own and call them out.

    2. rjsmithers

      Marxism is insidious and Gen. Satterfield has also pointed this out on several occasions. As a avid reader of this leadership blog, I can tell you that the fight against this dumbing down of our students will not be easy or pleasant. It will take hard work. I also applaud those leading this Free to Learn organization.

        1. Edward M. Kennedy, III

          Right, if you are not involved then you are part of the problem. Go to local school board meetings and to your country elected official meetings and SPEAK UP. Tell them why you are there and that you are putting them under a microscope. Marxism grows in darkness. Shine the light.

        2. Colleen Ramirez

          If you don’t get involved, the pain you will suffer later and those of your family will be terrible.

  6. Big Al

    Must be a great organization with some brave people. Taking on Marxists is not an easy thing to do. Look at what Marxist thugs have done in other countries around the world. Adopting marxist ideology is always followed by tragedy and death.

    1. Yusaf from Texas

      Spot on comment Big Al. You bet. I started going to my school board meetings where normally no one goes. I stood up to say that I was watching everything they do and that they had better not introduce CRT into the curriculum or they would have an avalanche of folks storming their meetings.

      1. Tom Bushmaster

        I hope they got the message, Yusaf. Too many just play along to get along and don’t provide real leadership.


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