Conservatives don’t overreact to left-wing indoctrination in schools
Joseph P. Lorio
The June 27 editorial page is full of racial reality and concerns about how we teach our children at all levels, not seen since the civil rights days of the mid-sixties.
It is a response to recent parental concerns over the teaching in American schools of a critical theory of race and the promotion of an enlightened culture that is anti-American and racist in itself. The boards of governors of several U.S. school boards have unanimously approved equity policies that seek to disrupt societal and historical inequalities resulting from institutional racism and white supremacy in their schools.
Our governor should be commended for taking the initiative to stop this wave of radical teaching before it reaches our shores. And for the chroniclers to call this another round of stupid, selfish, ill-defined commands is a selfish desire to label the “pushback” as ridiculous so that they too can join in the fray of indoctrination from the left. I applaud our governor for having the courage to stand up against it and prevent this from happening in Florida.
What is there to gain and what is the point of these moves anyway? When our children go to school and meet other children, they do not see the oppressed and the oppressor and all children today have an equal chance to be successful. Our schools should teach children to think independently without the pressures of indoctrination. I am not for the suppression of history, I am against the creation of your own history; create problems where they do not exist.
As a society, we have stepped out of our past and teaching our children that systemic racism exists is inherently racist. Our schools are not rooted in white supremacy and racism is not systematized. It’s not in the air we breathe or the water we drink – it’s not really all around us.
Florida has had a nasty history when it comes to racism, but that’s not what we are today. Our diary this morning [June 27] vomits warnings about not being so strict on indoctrination as if they are waiting for us to let our guard down against this wave of critical breed theory so that it can get to Florida as well.
Florida House Bills 5 and 233 are the result of forward-thinking Floridians who want to put an end to it before it happens. Florida taxpayers have a right to oppose a resentful ideology to ensure that left-wing radicals do not reach out to our children at any level to undermine the Western civilization they see as corrupt, oppressive and patriarchal.
As taxpayers, we have no desire to endorse this bunch of nihilists. And it is not only the critical theory of race that is under study, the left wants to convey to our children that all truth is subjective, that all sex differences are socially constructed and that Western imperialism is the only one. source of all third world problems.
We are finally pushing back against the postmodernists pushing progressive activism at all levels of schools in America. We have every right to stop it now. This left-wing radicalism produced the crowds that violently shut down the campus speakers; the linguistic police which will fabricate the use of gender pronouns; and deans whose livelihood depends on eradicating discrimination where it does not exist.
HB 5 and 233 are designed to enable our children to think critically, write clearly, and speak correctly without modeling the destructive agenda of their teachers.
We are not exaggerating in Florida. We are stopping a tide that has grown in America and will inevitably peak on the coasts of Florida. Enough already.
Joseph P. Lorio is President of Lorio & Associates, a commercial real estate and property management company in Lakeland.