People are holding schools accountable

Monday, May 17, 2021
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"IndoctriNation" mapThough it's an issue many believe only affects liberal cities or states, the founder of a grassroots organization asserts so-called "woke" curriculum is actually being pushed in schools across the country. She says it's time for communities to start showing up.

One News Now reported last week that white students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee were recently instructed by two far-left "Reflective Justice" experts to "confront whiteness" on their college campus. But elsewhere the public is rising up and pushing back on the left’s twisted version of equality.

Nicole Neily, president and founder of Parents Defending Education, says it is affecting communities outside of California and Manhattan.

"It's really incumbent on people to know what your child is learning," she tells One News Now. "If you are unhappy about it, do something about it. And doing something about it doesn't have to be filing a federal lawsuit and being that person who is called a racist in your town for the rest of your life."


Neily recommends parents and other concerned individuals send tips. Her grassroots organization has what it calls an IndoctriNation Map that shows where different incidents have been reported to Parents Defending Education.

"We have guides on how people can send letters to the editor, write an op-ed, create a parent organization, [and] file their own complaint with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights," Neily notes. "All of these things are really ways we can start to hold our schools accountable. If we care about our children and our children's education, everybody in our community, parents or not, has to start showing up again."

Speaking recently on American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" program, Louisiana public school employee Jonathan Koeppel stressed the importance of parents having a good relationship with their children.

"If your child trusts you as a parent, if you have a good relationship with your kid, they will be open with you; you can have open conversations," the concerned teacher stated. "If the kid is secure at home, the kid is not going to be looking for answers outside the home."

He is seeing issues among those who do not have that security.

"Kids who are not secure at home do not have good relationships with parents or guardians, they're out there absorbing all this … like a sponge and being tainted and indoctrinated," Koeppel shared. "So having that relationship and that open line of communication is really important."


Last month, Koeppel confronted his school board about controversial software known as BrainPop being used to teach children. The program promotes "left-wing ideas that aren't backed up by facts of science," like the idea that there are more than two genders. He called it "ridiculous" and asked, "Who gave permission to talk about this?"

"There's two genders," Koeppel continued at the meeting. "If you want to be an adult and do whatever you want with your life, I'm okay with that. Don't push this ideology on children. I'm not going to work in a district that's okay with that. You need to make a clear statement about how many genders there are, because parents are already pulling their kids out of public school. They're doing homeschool options. They're doing online. It's going to increase as this liberal ideology comes into our schools.”

The teacher added that public schools are not political indoctrination camps and said teachers want to actually educate kids.


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