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We were sent an audio clip a few days ago of a teacher at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Indiana that really got us fired up about the amount of leftist indoctrination that’s happening in our schools right now. After last week’s drama with Carmel High School and the student-created video tape that was shown to the student body about Black Lives Matter, we’re getting tons of messages from concerned parents with even more stories to tell. And the Hamilton Southeastern High School teacher clip is a perfect example.
We played a disguised version of the clip on our radio show today, and that’s what I’m sharing with you here. This is our lead-in to the discussion, the actual clip, and then a recap, and then the response from the principal.
Can. You. EVEN.
Here’s the text of the clip in case you’re unable to listen to the audio at the moment:
If I just work harder, if I just pull myself up by my bootstaps (sic), that we can achieve the American dream. But we know that because of systemic racism, that simply is not true. The cards, the deck is stacked amongst (sic) people of color and particularly black people in this country, um, that makes it virtually impossible, for them to achieve those things. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad. But here’s the thing. If we can close that economic wealth gap, that racial wealth gap, it does not benefit just people of color, it does not benefit just the black people living within the United States, it benefits the entire nation. So what this graph shows is that by closing the racial wealth gap the United States GDP can be 4-6% higher in just 8 years. That is a huge growth over a very short amount of time. And that’s just by removing some of those systemic disparities that make it much more difficult for black people to prosper, to grow wealth, in this country. So when we talk about removing these systems, the systemic racism, the systemic oppression, we’re not doing it just to beneflit(sic) black people and people of color. By removing those systems we benefit the entire country. And that’s something I think that’s difficult for people to understand, you know, often we hear about reparations or we hear about Black Lives Matter, and there’s this response that people want to have which is that, “But all lives matter.” Well, all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter, but look at how we can benefit our entire country, just by, um putting systems into place that benefit those that are most marginalized, and most oppressed. So that is my last slide. Questions? Comments? Thoughts? (long pause) Nobody wants to say anything? All right. If nobody has any questions, um, or thoughts or comments, then let’s talk about what you have due next week.
And here’s the response from the principal that we got this morning:
Thank you for reaching out. I would like to add some context to the audio excerpt that has been shared with you. The class is AP Business Administration, which is a college level course, and the short audio clip comes from a multi-day lesson on the advantages and disadvantages of capitalism and the advantages and disadvantages of socialism.
Have a good day,
Janie M. Ulmer
So now you’ve heard the clip. Does it sound to you like there was really gonna be any part of that instruction that included a neutral and objective discussion about capitalism and socialism?
Incidentally, there ARE no advantages of socialism, seeing as how it NEVER WORKS ANYWHERE EVER. Socialism rewards mediocrity and results in everyone being equally miserable. It’s inconsistent with everything we know to be true about human nature and incentives. Capitalism has pulled more people out of poverty than any other system in the world. Is it perfect? No. But even at its MOST FLAWED, it is still the system that allows for the most economic freedom, choice, and growth – principles that are the most compatible with the idea that IS America.
It’s absolutely outrageous that teachers are giving our kids this kind of information in a way that suggests that what they are saying is FACT, and not arguable. There is a huge level of disagreement among educated historians and commentators and analysts about whether or not there is truly such a thing as “systemic racism” in the US today. That’s not a decided, done-deal issue. It’s one that plenty of people – of all races, incidentally – continue to debate about. And it’s the duty of school teachers to make sure they’re presenting ALL sides of that debate to their students. What we heard in that audio clip from Hamilton Southeastern was irresponsible, one-sided propaganda.
Imagine being a kid in that classroom who doesn’t believe in any of the current BLM/critical race theory propaganda, and fearing speaking out because your grade could be impacted. What kind of education are you really getting if you can’t engage in these discussions freely, exchange ideas, and critically think about the various points of view?
This kind of crap has to be called out. Parents MUST get engaged and be involved with what’s happening in their kids’ schools, if only so that they can have these critical discussions with their kids at HOME.
My mom was telling me yesterday that she remembers being a school girl in Poland when it was under communist rule, and although she was given very different information at home, she knew that in order to get through school and get good grades, she’d have to toe the party line in her school work, praising Stalin and never daring to be critical of the government. Is this really what we want for our kids? To be bullied into silence by a progressive agenda?
After today’s show, we received this email from another parent of a child at HSE:
Mock and Daisy,
Thank you for highlighting the indoctrination going on in our school systems right now.
My child who attends HSE High School has been inundated by one particular English teacher this year with constant leftist indoctrination concerning white privilege and systemic racism. This past Friday she took it to another level when she stated that the difference between capitalism and socialism was that with capitalism, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer while with socialism, the middle class and poor get richer. Luckily, for the teacher, I didn’t happen to be listening in on that day or she may have gotten a real lesson on economics. I am tempted to mail her a copy of Thomas Sowell’s “Basic Economics.”
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Unfortunately, I am not surprised that HSE is turning towards the leftist indoctrination. They hired a Director of Equity and Inclusion a couple of years ago and she has unleashed a lot of the current toxicity that I am seeing throughout the high school. I have heard it is a problem at Fishers HS, as well. The worst part is that they are failing at their core duties of educating our children. Just look at the math scores at HSE which continue to go down. They have actually decreased classroom time in order to give more time to SEEL which stands for Social, Emotional, and Equity Learning. The kids are coming into high school not even being able to do basic math or being able to write a coherent sentence, but they know all about systemic racism. It is truly disappointing to see my tax dollars being used for this nonsense. It is also disappointing to see teachers who do not buy into this deciding to either retire or leave the teaching profession because they are being forced to teach this nonsense.
At this point, I don’t know what to do about it other than trying to vote out the current school board. I cannot risk my child’s grades by fighting the administration and the teachers. Sadly, I am finding more and more adults in the Fishers area buying into this insanity. I am afraid that the only way they are going to get it is once they are looking into the barrel of a gun. By that time, it will be too late.
I mean, WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING, you guys? Why are so many grown adults so easily convinced that their whiteness is something to feel guilt about? That the US is inherently racist and evil?
There is apparently a new “Chief Equity Inclusion Officer” at the HSE School System too, by the name of Dr. Erica Buchanan-Rivera. You can read about her right here. But for starters, here are a couple of her quotes:
“We talk about constructs of race, understanding historic, systemic race within our country and how it has unfolded. We talk about understanding white supremacy culture and how it operates systems – not just education but health care, our judicial system, nonprofits.”
“We have to understand, too, that the omission of those historical narratives was by design. That’s the system of white supremacy culture that has to be disrupted, and it can only be disrupted if we are willing to lean into these hard conversations.”
White supremacy culture, she says. As if that’s the end of the discussion. We live in white supremacy culture and there’s no further discussion about that – only that it has to be “disrupted.”
Here was her introductory video for the school system:
Is this what you want your kids’ education to be focused on? Or would you rather have them excel in math, reading, science, world history, etc?
Progressives are trying to rip apart the fabric of this country, and the BLM movement is simply a giant pair of scissors in that effort.
We IMPLORE you to push back against these incredibly divisive, damaging narratives being shoved down kids’ throats in every way you can. We’ll keep sharing stories as we learn about them, and hope that they inspire parents to take action.