SCHOOL INDOCTRINATION: Teacher Doesn’t Want Parents To Hear

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Do you believe in school indoctrination? The warping of a young mind to think, believe and feel a certain way.

On August 8, we would have said it was unlikely. There’s no way teachers are indoctrinating kids secretly. That kind of sociopathy is reserved for colleges.

Yet, if you asked again on August 9, our aforementioned belief in school indoctrination would be in the trash. Read on to know why.

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Not A Spectator Sport

According to his bio, Matthew R. Kay is an educator, author, a columnist for Educational Leadership Magazine, and a varsity coach.

Let that ‘columnist for Educational Leadership Magazine’ linger in your mind for a while.

Any parent would think, that’s the kind of person they want teaching their kids. But they might want to look beyond the resume.

For Mr. Kay’s teaching’s need a disclaimer.

In a Tweet to his students, which has since been locked, Mr. Kay writes: “So, this fall, virtual class discussions will have many potential spectators – parents, siblings, etc, – in the same room. We’ll never be quite sure who is overhearing the discourse.”

What could Mr. Kay and his class be discussing which might cause concern?

He continues, “…While ‘conservative’ parents are my chief concern – I know that the damage can come from the left too. If we are engaged in the messy work of destabilizing a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia – how much do we want their classmates’ parents piling on?”

That’s right, Mr. Kay is vanquishing racism, homophobia, and transphobia from young minds via destabilization.

Sounds a little like school indoctrination… Yet what’s most scary is that parents are not welcome.

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School Indoctrination 101: What Happens In School, Stays At School

If a child decides not to tell their parents what happens at school, that is their decision. If a teacher is encouraging a ‘what happens in school, stays at school’ mindset, that is something parents should be made aware of.

And Mr. Kay points to this mindset in a tweet: “How much have students depended on the (somewhat) secure barriers of our physical classrooms to encourage vulnerability? How many of us have installed some version of “what happens here stays here” to help this?”

Secure barriers of the classroom? Encourage vulnerability? What happens here stays here?

The more Mr. Kay talks about his fall virtual class discussions, the more we want to scream that it’s school indoctrination.

He continues: “While conversations about race are my wheelhouse, and remain a concern in this no-walls environment – I am most intrigued by the damage that “helicopter/snowplow” parents can do in honest conversations about gender/sexuality…”

That’s right. Pesky parents are the problem. And while they don’t have the secrecy of the classroom walls this fall, their discussions must be cautious when talking gender and sexuality. But not racism?

As Mr. Kay has locked his Twitter account, his comments are below as an image:

SCHOOL INDOCTRINATION: Teacher Doesn't Want Parents To Hear

If you want to know why Mr. Kay locked his account, check out the replies he hid below. Let us say, people, have questions for the columnist of Educational Leadership Magazine:

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