[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.