A teacher who has sued a Missouri school district over the use of critical race theory training materials says she fears school districts are trying to drive a wedge between parents and their children and make educators afraid to dole out discipline.
Brooke Henderson is trying to force the Springfield, Mo., school district to drop training materials she was subjected to last year that instructed teachers that they might be engaged in oppressive or white supremacist behavior simply by insisting on using English in the classroom, uttering that “all lives matter” or calling the police on a black suspect. Just the News obtained the training materials for a story it wrote this week.
Henderson told the John Solomon Reports podcast in an interview Monday that she became concerned that the training materials were designed to influence teachers to portray adults as oppressors, undercutting parents’ authority with their children.
The materials suggested key American institutions like churches were part of a cycle of repression, but “I think it’s even worse, that we’re teaching our kids to not trust their parents,” Henderson said.
“If you look at one of the oppression matrixes, it says that adults are the oppressor,” she said. “And, you know, the border groups are the young adults, but the elderly, and the younger children fall into that, you know, oppressed category. … I cannot think of anything worse than telling your child to not trust her parents and that their parent is oppressive to them.”
Henderson said she fears that one net effect on teachers who underwent the training is that they have become more reluctant to discipline students, even when unruly or engaged in bad behavior.
“I think across the board, it sends a message, you know, not only do we not call the police, we don’t discipline students for inappropriate behavior,” she said. “And so now teachers are afraid to discipline any student for inappropriate behavior. And, you know, I think across the nation, you’ll hear teachers saying the same thing, that discipline is a concern because nobody wants to be called a white supremacist. Nobody wants to be seen as a racist.”
HD Editor’s Note: Why Is This News Biblically Relevant?
“People are waking up to the fact that ‘critical race theory and other such teaching is actually discrimination against & in many cases hatred of people with lighter shades of melanin (the brown pigment in our skin). ‘And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth’ (Acts 17:26). There’s always been racism for different reasons, but there’s no doubt many politicians & academics are now fueling racism.”
The disregard for parental rights has also been increasingly evident in recent months, as parents have fought back against many of the progressive agendas that are hurting children.
It is crucial that Christian parents recognize that our world has only increased in its targeting of children.
Without knowing God’s Word, a person could stand continuously puzzled as to why children are the guineapigs of numerous radical agendas. However, through the lens of the Bible, we know that there is a spiritual battle behind Children’s education.
Now more than ever, it is vital for parents to be Biblically educating their children.
Through the Bible we know:
- That racism is nonsensical because we are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27, Acts 17:26)
- God’s plan for sexuality and gender (Genesis 1:27, 2:18-24)
- That morality is not subjective and feelinsg don’t determine truth (Judges 21:25, Isaiah 5:20, John 14:6, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 28:26)
- Through the Bible we understand the creation and history of the world (Genesis 1-2, Romans 1:20, Psalm 78:3-4, Hebrews 11:3)
- The nature of sin, why we are prone to error, and what incredible lengths God went to so that we may be saved (Ephesians 2:1-9, Isaiah 53, John 3:16, Romans 6:23, 3:23)
Without the Bible, these important issues are redefined and twisted to fit into a progressive secular worldview.
“Secular education is not neutral,” Ken Ham explained. “One is either for Christ or against. You either build your house on the rock or the sand. Even though there are a small minority of Christian teachers (as missionaries) in the education system, by & large secular educational institutions have become temples of secular humanism that have been destructive to the hearts and minds of generations of kids.”