Due to the ongoing dispute about indoctrinating Vermont children with critical race theory, many parents are coming to understand that if they wish to know what the Vermont schools are doing to their children, they will have to dig deep to find the truth.
In conjunction with critical race theory (which we are told by liars is not being implemented in Vermont schools), new technologies are being employed to track our children’s behaviors, flagging them for “anti-racist” interventions. Also 5G technologies will be coupled with algorithms on children’s computers to “track” and keep data, not just on their consumer spending decisions — a known tactic of monetizing information for Big Tech — but also on which kids come from racist homes that require intervention.
Parents are not aware of this new science, called “social emotional learning.” This is a student behavior modification program that monitors and modifies children’s behaviors on an individual basis via student “dashboards.” One such actor is Panorama Education, unsurprisingly funded by Mark Zuckerburg and other Big Tech interests.
What is increasingly beyond doubt is that these are political ideologies being foisted on Vermont children without informing parents. Our school system has become dominated by leftwing partisans who believe their newfound experimental ideology must be inflicted on other people’s children — whether they approve or not — to save the world from various disasters. This is bullying by thugs while they impose their ideological cult on others.
The lies about Vermont’s history, and about Vermonters, explain why the elitists on the far left “feel” they are entitled to brainwash our kids — any Vermonter who disagrees is viewed as uneducated, racist, ignorant and backward, and thus their children must be rescued. The new “social emotional learning” program is comparable to China’s Social Credit program — the government will monitor everything children do, and impact their emotions and behaviors to ensure they are all loyal left-wing zealots: there is no room for a second worldview, or even for two political parties.
Some school districts in Vermont are already using Panorama Education to gather data points on our children. Aside from whatever “educational benefits” are presumed through its products/services, Panorama Education is a data broker that can then sell children’s personal data on the open market in a multibillion dollar industry. Have parents been cautioned that this monitoring of their children is occurring? Have they consented? Do they have the right to opt out of this Orwellian scheme? Nope.
This sneaky, insidious, for-profit data gathering is concealed along with the program to socially influence children’s belief systems against what their families may believe. A primary justification for this government indoctrination is that some 15% of American students are “Emergent Bilinguals” — non-English speakers who will one day “emerge” as bilingual. As the borders are thrown open in another dimension of the new ideology, these numbers will increase. “Social emotional learning” is designed to ensure all children understand multicultural views and are prepared for a new, integrated world. Says one purveyor of this technology:
A curriculum that embraces the ethos of culturally responsive pedagogy should be purposefully designed. With this in mind, the imagery and perspectives reflected in content and instruction should draw upon diverse cultures so that it is relatable to real-world issues that impact students’ lives. Students’ cultural experiences, knowledge, and languages can be significant assets in the classroom, creating rich learning experiences for culturally diverse students and their peers.
Some would also call this “cancel culture.” Americans are insular and cling to their white-supremacist culture, according to the new ideology — children must be “integrated” into a new global world, in which they are “culturally competent” in other cultures. Yet, this ultimately destroys local culture (which is clearly the plan, reflected in the contempt for Vermonters and the re-write of our history). If this isn’t a “New World Order,” it is an Old World Destroyer — what will this new age of children have for awareness of their own unique culture? Will that be valued, or simply denigrated?
What of the impact on children of learning everything on computer? We know how profitable this path is for computer makers and data brokers, and how niftily convenient for teachers. But what of the social-emotional harms of learning by a toxic screen that damages eyesight, causes anxiety and social dysfunction, exposes children to porn and violent content, and conditions a generation to be unable to function “normally” without technology?
What I am addressing here is verboten — that becoming dependent on technology, and beholden to computers, might be a very, very bad thing. The experiment has been launched, along with experimental critical race theory, experimental transgender teaching (and surgeries), and conditioning children to fear and hate the Second Amendment, oppose free speech, and support abortion. This is all part of their emotional learning now — becoming fully indoctrinated by one side, with thuggery, using the newest of emerging technologies.
Consider the just-announced plan to host a drag queen show at a Burlington High School football game. The idea was hatched by teacher Andrew LeValley, and implemented through a student group, to confront the masculine ugliness of sports like football. If anyone disagrees on moral or educational grounds, they are not to be tolerated. The teacher who organized the event makes that clear:
Put on by the school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance club, the event will feature some 30 students and staff from the Burlington and SoBu high schools strutting their stuff on a catwalk before performing a lip sync of “Rainbow Reign” by Todrick Hall. … “I know our students, and I know our staff, and I know our community, and I think there’s going to be an overwhelming amount of support for this,” [LeValley] said. “And I think we are going to rely on those people, who are the majority, to shut down the few bad apples.”
Translation: if any student, or parent, takes exception to a drag queen ball during a football game, they are “bad apples” to be silenced by the new moral superiority of this teacher. (Imagine if football players attempted to strut their stuff at a library drag queen story hour!) Was the Catholic Church ever this morally-dominating in America’s public schools?
Panorama Education gushes about its novel experiment on the nation’s children:
Panorama’s mission is to radically improve education for every student. … Through our work to improve education, we help create a world where every child has equitable access to opportunities in school and in society more broadly. … Achieving Panorama’s mission requires creativity, moonshot ideas, and new ways of thinking. We’re willing to try hard things, take big bets, and work on problems that haven’t been solved before.
They are willing to try hard things, new ways of thinking, and moonshot ideas — taking big bets on our children. No doubt some good data can be derived from this technology — but has anyone considered the possibility that it may have problems? If nothing else, exposing schoolchildren’s data to these companies without guarantees of privacy (that are not present in existing contractual relations) violates existing federal laws, as well as the trust of unconsulted parents.
Vermont’s school system has been persistently lying about what is being taught relative to CRT, and will not answer to parents for prompting young children to select gender pronouns, or sexual orientations, without the involvement of their families. They are experimenting on a generation of children with untested theoretical ideologies, and blindly selling the children’s private data (and souls) to Big Tech. What’s left to trust?
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and the former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2021. All rights reserved.