As most of the regular readers of this humble little blog know, education is one of my pet issues. The young are our greatest treasure, yet far too many of us give our children to the government for several hours each day. But what happens during those hours?
Over the last several years there has been a push for more and more government run daycare services. To illustrate what the left intends, and what they are teaching in some daycares, I’ll show you some excerpts from a curriculum developed by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The source for this can be found at Edwatch.
The National Association for the Education of Young (NAEYC) certification is required for all Head Start centers with more than twenty children. NAEYC created the Council for Professional Recognition, which grants the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for childcare workers. The CDA is supported by TEACH. TEACH started in North Carolina and stands for Teacher Education and Compensation Helps. The program gives wage supports and scholarships to childcare workers so that they can obtain the CDA. The CDA and NAEYC s childcare and preschool accreditation policy requires use of NAEYCs radical anti-bias curriculum.
Anti-bias Curriculum – Tools for Empowering Young Children
(Derman-Sparkes, NAEYC, Washington, D.C., 1989)
Definition of Whites: All the different national ethnic groups of European origin who as a group are disproportionately represented in the control of the economic, political, and cultural institutions in the United States. (p. 3)
Kay sets up…a ‘witch-healer’ table, where the children can make their own potions. (p. 9)
And if the hypothetical Indians who participated in that hypothetical feast thought all was well and were thankful in the expectation of a peaceful future, they were sadly mistaken. (pp. 87-88)
Definition of Homophobia: A fear and hatred of gay men and lesbians backed up by institutional policies and power that discriminate against them. (p. 3)
…the purpose of these activities is to enable preschoolers to develop a clear, healthy sex identity through understanding that their being a girl or boy depends on their anatomy, not on what they like to do. (p. 53)
Make copies of an outline of a body as drawn by a preschooler, and in small groups, ask children to fill in all the body parts, and to show if the person is a girl or boy. (p. 53)
Activism with Young Children:
Young children have an impressive capacity for learning how to be activists if adults provide activities that are relevant and developmentally appropriate. (;. 77)
Instead of one superhuman figure (usually a white male) righting wrongs all by himself, activism activities teach that real people, adults and children, make life better by working together. (p. 79)
Notice all the multicult and Marxist teaching? Whites are bad, witchcraft good (though I seriously doubt they’ll have anything Christian in the curriculum). Most if it is pretty standard Cultural Marxist fare, including the de-emphasis of individuality in favor of group identification. This is what they want to teach pre-schoolers!
Here’s some more from the same source…
That chapter on activism is inspired an entire book called That’s not Fair! – A Teacher’s Guide to Activism with Young Children, which is also distributed by NAEYC. (Pelo and Davidson, Redleaf Press, St. Paul, MN, 2000)
One part of the curriculum describes a teacher reading books to the children in order to bring up big issues, issues that provoke debate, discussion, and often, activism project.
The book goes on to describe the teacher’s reading of a book called the Trumpet of the Swan and how she uses it to deal with the issue of homosexuality. (p. 50-51)
The second part of the book focuses on the swan’s courtship and mating. When Ann reads the book, she changes the gender of the main character from a male to a female swan. When the main character is a female, her courtship of another female swan becomes the story of two women falling in love. This invariably provokes conversation among the children about women marrying women and men marrying men. It’s important to Ann that children feel comfortable around people who are lesbian and gay. She wants children to expect to meet people who are lesbian and gay and to feel relaxed and at ease with them. When Ann reads this book, the kids already care about Louise the swan by the time she begins to court Serina, her true love. They can’t easily dismiss her or ignore her, because they are invested in her life and her happiness. (Emphasis mine)
If this isn’t blatant manipulation, I don’t know what is. This is purposely made for manipulation and indoctrination. It isn’t about tolerance, or actual diversity. It’s about manipulating children into accepting a pre-determined point of view. These are small children that have a very “black and white” system, of morality. Their brains are not able to process abstract concepts. So, the left, knowing this, attempts to implant Marxist ideology into this system. Of course, this is repeated at different levels of the educational system. The obvious goal, create a Marxist!
But there is more…
Teaching a Marxist view of class struggle:
NAEYCs views on diversity and multiculturalism are evident in their publication Valuing Diversity: The Primary Years:
The effort to indoctrinate children into environmentalist thinking is evident in the following quote:
When should environmental education begin-in the third grade; first grade; kindergarten? Even earlier. Environmental education based on life experiences should begin during the very earliest years of life. Such experiences play a critical role in shaping life-long attitudes, values, and patterns of behavior toward natural environments. (Tilbury, 1994; Wilson, 1994 as quoted in Wilson, Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, June 2003)
This quote says more about their efforts than the authors intended. They do intend on shaping the opinion and belief systems of children. Not to show them how to think, look at evidence, and make an educated decision. No, that would lead them to another conclusion. Their solution… guide them to their point of view, discredit any other belief system, and create a voting bloc of collectivists that will recite the party line.
If you are sending you child to daycare, please make sure that they are NOT using this type of program. And, for goodness sake, get your child out of the public educational system! We need to act NOW!