California Education: How Some Ex-Soviet Immigrants Are Trying to Save What Other Woke Compatriots Are Trying to Ruin

Back in January, I became aware of the new California Critical Ethnic Studies Curriculum. The California Board of Education was about to vote on the program widely considered anti-Semitic and anti-White propaganda. The Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies was formed to oppose it. Doing some research on how the curriculum came about, I came across this Tablet Magazine article.

“Elina Kaplan, a former high-tech manager who had just stepped down as senior VP of one of California’s largest affordable housing nonprofits, remembers agreeing wholeheartedly with the idea at the time. “The objective was to build bridges of understanding between people,” said Kaplan, an immigrant herself, who moved to California from the former Soviet Union when she was 11 .”

“This was as welcome as mom and apple pie.” – Ms. Kaplan said.  “It offered students the chance to learn about the accomplishments of ethnic minorities, as well as to address issues of inequality and bigotry.”

Apparently, Ms. Kaplan does not remember much from her experience in the Soviet Union. And I don’t expect her to, since she left when she was 11. I was old enough when I left, however, to remember it well. And I do not want my children to live in the country that I left.

As sad as it is, Ms. Kaplan is not alone in her beliefs that California kids need more division along the lines of ethnicity and race. The idea of “ethnic studies education” in California was loudly welcomed by many ex-Soviet immigrants. Presumably, they do not pay attention to the fact that over half of California students failed to meet basic education standards in 2017.

English and math proficiency, however, is not what is bothering ex-Soviet immigrants turned Silicon Valley- bleeding heart-liberals. Their main concern is that their children “need to learn about the accomplishments of ethnic minorities, and understand the issues of inequality and bigotry.” They think this way despite California being among one of the most segregated school systems in the country.

It seems to me that public schools’ resources would be better spent on teaching all children basic educational standards, such as English and math so that all children have education and social skills to prosper in this country. I think that wealthy California liberals can teach electives like “ethnic studies” to their kids on their own time and money if they believe that their children have issues of racism and bigotry. I think that every family should address issues of racism and bigotry in their own household.

But California liberals think differently. They think that taxpayers’ money should go to teaching their children elective subjects so that they can feel superior to their neighbors in the department of “compassion” and “inclusivity.”

And as a result of their virtue signaling and  efforts, we have this monstrosity. Again we return to Ms. Kaplan for her take per Tablet Magazine:

“But three years later, when the first draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) was released, Kaplan couldn’t believe what she was reading. In one sample lesson, she saw that a list of historic U.S. social movements—ones like Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, Criminal Justice Reform—also included the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement for Palestine (BDS), described as a “global social movement that currently aims to establish freedom for Palestinians living under apartheid conditions.” Kaplan wondered why a foreign movement, whose target was another country, would be mischaracterized as a domestic social movement, and she was shocked that in a curriculum that would be taught to millions of students, BDS’s primary goal—the elimination of Israel—was not mentioned. Kaplan also saw that the 1948 Israel War of Independence was only referred to as the “Nakba”—“catastrophe” in Arabic—and Arabic verses included in the sample lessons were insulting and provocative to Jews.

Kaplan, 53, a Bay Area mother of two grown children who describes herself as a lifelong Democrat, was further surprised to discover that a list of 154 influential people of color did not include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, or Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, though it included many violent revolutionaries. There was even a flattering description of Pol Pot, the communist leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, who was responsible for the murder of a quarter of the Cambodian population during the 1970s.

The new curriculum, which will eventually be promulgated throughout the California school system of 6 million children, would “critique empire and its relationship to white supremacy, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism … and other forms of power and oppression,” according to the proposal. It would “build new possibilities for post-imperial life that promotes collective narratives of transformative resistance.”

Capitalism was classified as a form of “power and oppression,” and although “classism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and transphobia” were also listed as forms of oppression, anti-Semitism was not. Jewish Americans were not even mentioned as a minority group.”

For card-carrying Democrats that they are, ex-Soviet immigrants know surprisingly little about their own party. That is why they can’t understand how California’s woke mob would hijack a program that was supposed to “build bridges of understanding between people” – as all liberal plans do – and make it a hate fest. Who could have thought that a program that is created to emphasize that “ethnic minorities” are an oppressed group facing constant “inequality and bigotry” would be easily turned into anti-White propaganda, and anti-Semitic propaganda in particular? That came as a shock to all liberals, and none of the conservatives. Let’s just say the not so happy Campers weighed in:

“In the past 18 months, the Board of Education has received tens of thousands of public comments regarding the model curriculum. More than 38,000 of them were related to the sections of the curriculum centered on Jewish Americans and/or anti-Semitism, nearly 26,000 regarded Arab Americans and close to 10,000 focused on Armenian Americans, according to a summary chart attached to Thursday’s meeting agenda.”

I attended one of the virtual school board meetings, where an hour was dedicated to discussing the curriculum. 612 parents signed up to speak against the curriculum, although only 19 were given the time to speak. More meetings followed, with more parents speaking out. That did not matter to the California Board of Education.   Just like the king of California Gavin Newsom, the state officials here think very little about the opinion of their royal subjects.

Despite overwhelming objections by most parents – liberal and conservative alike – Critical Ethnic Studies Curriculum passed the State Board vote on March 18th.

And the California woke mob is not done.  Once they conquered social studies, math is next.

My compatriot Katya Rapoport Sedgwick writes:

“The California Department of Education recently drafted “Equitable Math” framework that, if implemented, will destroy what’s left of mathematics education in the Golden State. Along with the directive to privilege students on the basis of sex and skin color, the proposal essentially calls for the end of math.

There are features of American wokeness that make me gasp that socialism in the U.S. is going to be worse than the USSR where I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s. – my compatriot Katya Rapoport Sedgwick writes.

The main reason woke math is on the march is simple: the woke destroy. That’s what they do. Even in its darkest moments, the Soviet Union was led by a nationalistic dictator who had it as his goal to build, to expand the country. Soviets built like the animals built the windmill in Animal Farm, of course; they were highly inefficient, often counterproductive, and extraordinary cruel. Still, the idea was to build, and they did create a subculture of highly educated, though often insubordinate elite.” 

Just as many Soviet immigrants now unwittingly (but I am sure, with good intentions) choices are turning America into the country they left, many of us are appalled by it. We are broken-hearted that our parents’ sacrifices and hardships to come here so that we could live in a free country may have been in vain. We are extremely troubled by the fact that our children are now told what to think, and are prosecuted for their beliefs, just as our parents were in the Soviet Union.

For the foreseeable future, California education is destroyed. It has become state-sponsored child abuse. California parents that are keeping their children in school today are letting the woke mob destroy their children’s ability to learn factual information, think critically, and debate respectfully. The only remaining way for your child to get traditional education today in California is to homeschool them.

If that seems like an impossible task for you, consider the alternative of raising a child who does not share any of your values, your traditions, or your core convictions. You are running a big risk of your child growing up a hateful self-proclaimed victim if you are a minority, or a perpetually insecure infant with no self-respect if you are white. Either way, your child’s ability to live a productive life and become a contributing citizen in this country will forever be destroyed.

Homeschooling is easier and cheaper than you think. Here are some resources:

If you need further inspiration and motivation read how this New York dad took a brave stand against his daughter’s indoctrination.

Follow his example.  Don’t let your school ruin your child.

Take your children out of California schools.


 RWR original article syndication source.


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Written by Tatyana Larina

Tatyana Larina comes from my favorite work of poetry.  And that's the only time you'll see me quoting Wikipedia as a source.

I came to the US in 1991, lived in San Francisco for 5 years, and I have a Computer Science degree.  I worked in software industry for several years, later switching to a career of a full time mom, and I never looked back.

In my younger days, I wasn’t a conservative. That is not to say that I was ever a liberal – I was not anything at all. I had no idea that there were such concepts as “conservative” and “liberal”. I did not pay attention to politics at all, and the most political knowledge you would get out of me would be who the US President was, and even for that you had to catch me on the right day.
My first introduction to politics was during the second Israeli intifada in 2002. Unspeakable violence erupted in Israel. Every day dozens of people were killed. Even though I didn’t follow politics, that deeply affected me. I felt sad, frustrated, and powerless. And one night, I happened to stumble on an MSNBC program called “Alan Keyes is making sense.” He was talking passionately about Israel and the violence, and he addressed my feelings very well.  Since that evening, I turned on Alan Keyes every night, and by his commentary he was able to take away some of the frustration and anger that I had. It was like a nightly therapy session.
Feeling intrigued after watching Alan Keyes, I wondered what else MSNBC had in store. I switched through the channels, and low and behold, I found Scarborough Country. Right off, Joe Scarborough wasn’t what he is today at all. He was a solid conservative (as I now understand), making common sense conservative points. I found him interesting and engaging. Opposing liberalism had not entered my mind at that time. I still didn’t know anything about liberalism. It was just the things he said sounded very common sense and worthwhile to me. Imagine that at some point, MSNBC had a conservative host on the air. Crazy times, ha?
Exploring my new political universe, I switched through more channels, and one night I found FOX. O’Reilly Factor was on. From the very first night, I was hooked. I abandoned Scarborough. O’Reilly was not just common sense – he was aggressive, and he was a fighter. He was Scarborough on steroids. He wasn’t just talking – he was taking on what he thought to be wrong and unjust. Ever since the first time, and until untimely end of Bill’s FOX career, I don’t think I ever missed one Factor.
For forming my political views, and my ability to formulate them, I have to give special credit to three people: Charles Krauthammer, Bill O’Reilly, and Greg Guttfeld.  To Charles - philosophy.  To Bill - realistic and pragmatic approach to politics.  To Greg - realization that a good joke will change more minds than a long lecture.
And for everything else, thanks to my family.

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