Feminist Indoctrination for 4th Graders
Bloggers and commenters in the “progressive” feminist blogosphere were almost giddy with excitement last week over a young woman’s proposal to bring feminism into the elementary school curriculum. I’m all for making sure women’s historical contributions are well represented in school curricula, but controversial ideologies that promote far left ideas like “social justice” have no place in public schools.
Here’s what I wrote at NewsReal:
In 2009, Ileana Jiménez asked her class of high school juniors and seniors to write letters to President Obama about “the ways in which feminism might be addressed in the curriculum.” Earlier this week she shared one letter on her blog, Feminist Teacher.
It is understandable that teachers cannot be expected to cram decades of struggles into 12 years of study. I just feel that there should be more time in the curriculum starting in the lower grades (if they can learn about the slave trade, they can learn about feminism) dedicated to learning about feminism and the goals behind it.
To do that, I propose that by fourth grade, students be exposed to basic feminist ideas.
Note that the student’s interest isn’t in ensuring that women’s experiences are adequately represented in history texts. She’s proposing the indoctrination of nine-year-old children into a political movement.
She doesn’t define “basic feminist ideas,” but here’s a list of the top priorities of a representative feminist group, the National Organization for Women:
- abortion rights/reproductive issues
- violence against women
- constitutional equality
- promoting diversity/ending racism
- lesbian rights
- economic justice
How many of those “basic feminist ideas” would you teach to a fourth grader?
Visit NewsReal to read the rest of my thoughts on this kid’s letter.