The Latest Child Indoctrination Scheme: SEL
Linda Harvey, WND.com
Schools are ground zero for trendy experiments. How many can we name from the past few decades? Whole language, new math, anti-bullying programs, multicultural education, values modification, workforce development, Common Core -- the list goes on.
And virtually all of sex education has been a colossal failure, except for the common sense “abstinence only” approach.
But liberal educators never give up devising new plans to mess with the minds and hearts of children, and another one has emerged as a particular concern.
It’s “social emotional learning (SEL),” a plan so personally-invasive that schools can gain access to every aspect of a child’s life and development -- acting as a virtual parent—even without parental consent.
But SEL’s popularity and reach is moving so quickly that it is now measured by some standardized tests and mandated by education bureaucrats.
And not surprisingly, sexualizing children and training them to accept propaganda and “group think” are often features of highly-subjective SEL training, with many radical activist groups lurking in its shadows.
An important conference is being held next week (September 26) in Bloomington, MN, by the Child Protection League (CPL), thoroughly examining social emotional learning. Experts tracking this trend and “safe schools” programs will be making presentations at “Hijacking Their Minds: How ‘safe schools’ and social emotional learning (SEL) indoctrinate our children.”
Julie Quist of CPL said this about the speakers and objectives of this conference:
“Stella Morabito brings an urgent message for our time. Children (and adults) today are being forced to say what they know is not true (‘preferred pronouns’ for gender non-conforming students), and prohibited from speaking what they know is true. The state is seeking to control and regulate our very ability to think and to communicate. Morabito calls it ‘coercive thought reform.’ Dr. Karen Effrem will show how Social Emotional Learning is a vehicle.”
SEL behavior-shaping programs are well underway in many states,
among them California, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia and Washington.
Others are tiptoeing into this controversial arena. “Core competencies” like self-management, social awareness and responsible decision-making seek to mold the “whole child.” But experts like Dr. Karen Effrem as well as parents who’ve seen all this before have concerns. Dr. Effrem even says SEL turns overburdened, untrained teachers into mental health therapists who may label children inappropriately, even using political biases to do so.
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