There are a wide range of reasons that families might choose homeschooling, from bullying or poor access to resources in local schools to different views on how children learn best. While some people just want to give their kids the best opportunities, others use homeschooling as a means to escape the facts in realms like science and U.S. History — and there are always curriculums available that are prepared to cater to these views.
Parents looking into a new science curriculum often have to check how it handles subjects like evolution and the age of the universe, since some curriculums are specifically designed to support a religious viewpoint rather than sharing the scientific consensus. Now, however, the big faux fear being pushed by some extremists is critical race theory, or CRT — and yes, curriculum designers are ready for it.
In reality, CRT is a college-level discipline looking at how racism and discrimination are intertwined in the fabric of society. In the imaginations and claims of some extremists, though, it’s an “anti-white racism” being taught to kids at the elementary level to steep white kids in guilt and self-hate.
Fear and hate sell well, and it’s no great surprise that parents across the country have believed these tales and are trying to teach their kids lessons to counter the type of CRT they genuinely believe is being sneak-fed to their kids at public schools, and no surprise at all that homeschool curriculums are ready to help.
More concerning, though, than the widespread desire to counter the facts of America’s inequal history, is the use of curriculum to coerce kids into White Nationalism.
According to the Daily Beast, The School of the West is an online source for homeschool resources, but alongside math and language arts resources, it’s also offering a series called White Wellbeing. The course is described as teaching kids aged 4 and up that they’re blessed to be born white — or to use their own words, along with explaining that “the white race is known as Westernkind,” the course promises to help students
“…understand the gift of being born a member of Westernkind and the qualities that separate us from the other races.”
Yes, that’s White Supremacy they’re speaking.
In an interview with American Zarathurstra (viewable here, content warning for white supremacist rhetoric), curriculum creator Brant Danger — identified by the Daily Beast as a pseudonym for ex-teacher Brant Williams — says his videos and worksheets are intended to “reprogram people from the anti-white propaganda.” He describes his own experience as a kid not being welcomed to sit next to a Black kid on the bus, and being bullied and hated, even getting into fights, and finally discovering some literature that seemed to validate his feelings.
Now he’s passing it on, creating a curriculum to draw even the youngest learners into White Nationalism — and homeschoolers may need to screen online lessons better than ever, before exposing their kids.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com