Teachers in California’s Santa Clara county were reportedly instructed last year to hide from students’ parents their “ethnic studies” teaching materials, which describe the United States as a settler colonialist regime responsible for genocide and white supremacy.
In November 2020, Santa Clara County’s Office of Education held a training for teachers to get a hold of the district’s “Ethnic Studies Initiative.”
According to slides obtained and posted to Twitter by City Journal reporter Christopher Rufo, the training session began with a “land acknowledgment” claiming that the county and its public schools are all built on land illegitimately taken away from Native American occupants.
“We acknowledge that Santa Clara county and our schools occupy the unceded territory of the Muwekma Ohlone Nation, the sovereign nation and original people of the skies, land, and waters where we work and learn,” the slide reads.
The training session then features a presentation by Jorge Pacheco, the president of the California Latino School Board Association and an adviser for the state’s controversial Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.
Pacheco, according to Rufo’s transcript, explained that what the teachers were being prepared to teach was based on the work of Paulo Freire, a Brazilian Marxist known for inventing the term, “pedagogy of the oppressed.”
These people need to be removed from our society.