California School District Sponsors Far-Left Activism Training

In California, a public school district is currently hosting a three-year “Social Justice Academy” to indoctrinate students into far-left socio-political concepts, including Communism and Critical Race Theory (CRT).

As reported by The Daily Caller, the program offered by San Leandro High School in San Leandro teaches minors to oppose capitalism, “homophobia,” and “White supremacy.” The stated goal of the Social Justice Academy is to “disrupt systems of power and oppression,” according to the school’s own website. Targeting students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years, students in their third and final year of the “academy” are tasked with executing their own activism “campaign” before graduating.

In their first year of the “academy,” students must earn credits in the class by learning about the “foundation” of identity, as well as the alleged social basis of race, class, and gender. To this end, they must take three classes: A social justice theory class, a social justice world history class, and a social justice English class. The program’s second year requires the students to learn about “solidarity and collective action,” as well as the “basics of activism.”

In the third and final year, students are expected to understand concepts of “self-determination and critical consciousness” by carrying out their very own activism campaign, which requires “field work” and may be executed at either the “local, national, or even global” level.

“This school’s mission is based entirely on critical race theory and critical gender theory,” said Erika Sanzi, Director of Outreach for the education watchdog group Parents Defending Education (PDE). “And if a school wants to train activists for particular ideological causes like dismantling capitalism or challenging cisheteropatriarchy, they shouldn’t be doing it on the public dime.”

One such campaign led by students of the “academy” involved organized protests over the police killing of a black criminal who had committed a robbery. The “Justice for Steven Taylor” campaign in the 2020-2021 academic year saw students lead a march, featured the creation of a “No Justice, No Peace” toolkit for other activists, and also had students organize a mass letter-writing campaign to local officials demanding punishment for the officers involved.

“One of the classes actually encourages kids as seniors to do this project and a part of this project is going out and doing research and doing some type of an activists like activities where they conduct a mini campaign for credit,” said Alex Nestor, an Investigative Fellow with PDE. “That is incredibly concerning that you have a government institution that’s directly telling students to go out and be activists.”

Meanwhile, the San Leandro Unified School District is horribly under-performing in most key academic areas. The district currently scores a mere 42 percent reading proficiency rate among its students, and a 28 percent proficiency rate in math.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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