PHOTO: National Review
Article by Bryan Howard
March 16, 2019
Republican State Rep. Lawrence Lockman created a proposal code of ethics for educators not to indoctrinate children on their political ideas. Lockman who is the co-founder of Conservative Maine First Project, wrote a piece for David Horowitz Freedom Project, explaining how he wants to prevent educators from using their classrooms as a bully pulpit to push a political agenda in his proposal.
Lockman stated, “Simply put, the Code of Ethics would forbid teachers from endorsing candidates as part of their classroom instruction, from introducing controversial material not germane to the subject being taught, and generally from using their classrooms as bully pulpits for political, social or religious advocacy. The bill I sponsored is based on model legislation drafted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.”
Lockman continued, “There’s abundant evidence that students in Maine’s K-12 government schools are being subjected to Leftist indoctrination in the classroom. “Progressive” teachers, administrators, and textbook publishers have been working overtime to ensure that students practice “correct thinking” on subjects such as racial guilt, gender identity, illegal immigration, and other controversial issues.”
Lockman noted, “As soon as the Code of Ethics bill was referred to the Education committee for a public hearing in late February, all the usual suspects announced their opposition. The head of the statewide teachers’ union insisted that teachers never engage in political advocacy in the classroom, while the far-Left ACLU defended the right of teachers to do exactly that.”
Lockman established that a far leftist teacher has been outraged over his proposal, “Mallory Haar, a teacher at Casco Bay High School in Portland, is one of the bill’s most outspoken critics. She took to Twitter to express her opposition to a provision in LD 589 that would prohibit teachers from “singling out one racial group of students as responsible for the suffering or inequities faced by another racial group of students.” Haar claims this proposed rule would institutionalize “white fragility,” the most recent addition to the Leftist lexicon of identity politics, and a close relative of “white privilege.” .”
Lockman realized, “Based on what I’ve heard from parents since I introduced the bill, and from what I’ve seen on social media directly from teachers, Haar is hardly exceptional. Too many teachers and administrators view the classroom as a taxpayer-funded soap box to promote their personal opinions on politics. Members of the Education committee heard testimony from dozens of parents about the rampant Left-wing indoctrination of their children in public schools.”
“Testimony submitted to the Education Committee established that students across the state were used as pawns,” Lockman said, citing one person’s testimony: “Most didn’t know why they were walking out or that they were part of the Woman’s March agenda.”
Lockman said one parent testified, “This was a taxpayer-funded protest rally, pure and simple.”
“The assignment was to research the website We the Future, which describes only leftist causes including Black Lives Matter, gun control, open borders, the Women’s March,” the parent said. “Each student was to pick a cause and answer, ‘How can you get involved?’ I was shocked to see the teacher attempt to openly recruit students to support these causes.”
Lockman continued in his piece slamming the weak backbone Republicans that refuse to do anything about this issue.
Lockman stated, “GOP legislators cited concerns about “local control,” and their aversion to state mandates on local school districts. Yet state government pays more than half the cost of K-12 public education, and that amount goes up year after year despite a declining school population, and below-grade level student achievement across the board.”
Lockman continued, “In practice, the “local control” argument advanced by GOP lawmakers means they’re really not interested in protecting the civil rights of students and their parents. It means these Republicans are OK with ethics being optional for Maine teachers. These legislators are well aware that local school boards controlled by self-styled “progressives” in Maine’s major population centers (Portland, Lewiston, Bangor) will never rein in teachers who are spewing partisan propaganda in the classroom.”
Lockman noted, “In exchange for their “ought not to pass” votes in committee, GOP legislators secured the flimsiest of fig leaves. That came in the form of a promised letter to local school districts from the Maine School Management Association, a private nonprofit that’s been around since 1971 lobbying for superintendents and school boards.”
We need to back Lockman in his proposal because these educators are abusing their powers. Our education system is failing due to the fact that it is no longer teaching our students reality, but instead became a indoctrination system to create more Marxists in the world. What our educators are doing is nothing shy of child abuse and in my opinion should face sever jail time if they are pushing a Marxist agenda.