Students in one Virginia County are being ordered to learn about slavery and so-called “institutional racism” as early as kindergarten, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Loudoun County, Virginia, located just outside Washington D.C., is mandating that “social justice” be made a permanent part of the curriculum in all public schools in the county. To do so, county education officials are seeking input from the far-left hate group known as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
“Long before we teach algebra, we teach its component parts,” read a statement announcing the new curriculum. “We should structure history instruction the same way.” It also stated that “sugarcoating or ignoring slavery until later grades makes students more upset by, or even resistant to, true stories about American history,” thus falsely claiming that “institutional racism” is real.
One Loudoun County teacher who spoke anonymously on the subject expressed their opposition to the change, noting that the history of slavery was already taught to students in the fourth grade. By moving it to the lowest possible grade level, the teacher said, “what they’re really trying to do is divide people as early as they can…they’re really going to be inciting hate.”
The Manhattan Institute’s Max Eden, an education policy expert, directly blamed the New York Times’ radical “1619 project” for the decision by the county. “What the real goal of this is,” Eden explained, “is to try to get the left-wing, Nikole Hannah-Jones, SPLC meta-political narrative into kids’ heads as soon as possible.”