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Public Outrage — Little Children As Young as 11 Being Indoctrinated in Waco

By Donna Garner

Tuesday night parents and members of the public attended Transformation Waco’s school board meeting to voice their deep concerns over the partnership that Baylor School of Education, Waco ISD, Transformation Waco, Prosper Waco, and the City of Waco have formed with the leftist organization Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) to bring the Freedom Schools’ program to Waco.

DETAILS ABOUT CDF’S FREEDOM SCHOOLS

The Freedom Schools’ program uses pre-service teachers in the Baylor School of Education and is free to students, including field trips and meals. Transformation Waco, a nonprofit in-district partnership, was formed specifically to manage five chronically failing schools.

More than 170 students at Indian Spring Middle School and J.H. Hines Elementary School participated in the Freedom Schools program this summer, according to a Baylor press release.

Two Waco ISD schools using public taxpayers’ dollars are contributing a maximum of $34,200 (J. H. Hines Elementary) and $14,250 (Indian Spring Middle School) for a total of $48,450 plus transportation costs for seven field trips.

The Southern Poverty Law Center HQ in Montgomery, Alabama

The Freedom Schools’ program uses “Teaching Tolerance” materials from SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center), an organization that says it focuses on “social injustice issues,” including “LGBT rights,” and emphasizes “anti-bias education in the areas of identity, diversity, justice and action.”

CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS 11 SHOWN TV 14-RATED MOVIE

This summer children as young as age 11 in Baylor University’s Freedom Schools summer literacy program in Waco were shown the film “Valentine Road: The Murder of Lawrence King,” an HBO documentary about 14-year-old Lawrence, who began wearing dresses, high heels, and make-up. This HBO documentary is rated TV-14 which means it is not suitable for children younger than 14 to watch it.

Lawrence King (a.k.a., Latisha King) “outed” himself when he was 10 years old. For years, “Latisha” King had been flamboyant about his sexuality at school by wearing female accessories such as high-heeled boots and women’s makeup. He walked onto the basketball court in the middle of a game and publicly asked heterosexual Brandon “to be his valentine.” Brandon, who came from a dysfunctional family, was humiliated terribly in front of his teammates, felt no support from the school authorities, and made the unfortunate choice of taking the situation into his own hands by shooting “Latisha.” Two days later Lawrence died, and Brandon is serving 21 years behind bars. — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Larry_King [1]

INCIDENT FROM 11 YEARS AGO, IRRELEVANT FOR TODAY’S YOUTH

Since this tragic incident occurred 11 years ago on 2.12.08, this makes the film irrelevant for today’s youth and certainly should not have been used to scare adolescent children who attended the Baylor University Freedom Schools’ literacy program. Over the last 10 years and the emergence of the ever-more aggressive LGBTQ agenda, students in today’s classrooms at every grade level and in almost every subject area are deluged with diversity education, gender discrimination, the dangers of bullying, and curriculum units on treating each other with respect. Laws have been passed that require disciplinary mechanisms to be set in place for students/parents to report bullying and/or sexual discrimination that occurs during the school day or even online.

The film would be troubling enough without the added controversial issue of transgenderism, especially for children still in the pre-adolescent period. Even the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educators Network (GLSEN) understand the disturbing nature of the film. GLSEN’s viewing guide, created in partnership with HBO, warns that several scenes are “quite graphic” and “may be upsetting to some viewers,” such as “disturbing crime scene and morgue photos, violence and painful testimony.” The film “tells the story in striking terms, reviving painful memories and calling us all to action,” the guide states.

TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS BEING MISUSED

Two Waco ISD schools using public taxpayers’ dollars are contributing a maximum of $34,200 (J. H. Hines Elementary) and $14,250 (Indian Spring Middle School) for a total of $48,450 plus transportation costs for seven field trips.

Last week the Baylor/Waco Freedom Schools’ students created a project on gun violence and awareness for the National Day of Social Action, marching against gun violence in downtown Waco last week.

LEFT-LEANING CHILDREN DEFENSE FUND HAS TEXAS IN ITS CROSSHAIRS

Besides Waco, the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools are being held in Austin, Beaumont, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Galveston, and Houston.

It is obvious that the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has Texas in its crosshairs because CDF wants to destroy our conservative values. In the last legislative session, CDF sent four full-time lobbyists to Texas to get HB 3008 and HB 3009 passed. These bills between them would have set up a dedicated funding stream of public and private contributions (e.g., Children’s Defense Fund) which would have been targeted to the “less advantaged students” starting in the elementary grades to indoctrinate them into becoming “little activists.”

These two bills would have directed teachers to teach “civics education” K-12 where the emphasis was to be on project-based learning, collaboration, and community organizing. Texas already has excellent Social Studies TEKS (curriculum standards) in K-12 in which civics (i.e., government), the free enterprise system, patriotism, the Founding documents, America as a Constitutional republic are all emphasized (http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/index.html).

Thankfully, savvy people (such as Texas State Board of Education member Pat Hardy) helped to educate the legislature; and even though HB 3008 and HB 3009 made it out of the Texas House, they were both stopped in the Senate.

LEFTIST ORGANIZATIONS TRYING TO FORCE AGENDA UPON TEXAS

The Children’s Defense Fund was established and supported by such leftists as Marian Wright Edelman, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Donna Shalala, and Cecile Richards, to name just a few. The following links show that the Children’s Defense Fund is closely tied to abortions (https://www.childrensdefense.org/child-watch-columns/health/2008/teen-pregnancy-in-america-today/ ) and (https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-arter/planned-parenthoods-cecile-richards-awarded-human-rights-award).

GLSEN is also closely tied to Planned Parenthood/abortions (https://www.glsen.org/article/glsen-statement-planned-parenthood%E2%80%99s-pink-out-day [2] ).

Here is a link to an article about the offshore investment holdings for the Southern Poverty Law Center (provided the Teaching Tolerance curriculum used by Freedom Schools.) This link raises many questions about SPLC’s foreign business dealings: https://freebeacon.com/issues/southern-poverty-surpasses-half-billion-in-assets-121-million-now-offshore/ [3]

Here is a link to Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate groups” that are listed in Texas (https://www.splcenter.org/states/texas [4]). Please notice that Lt. Col. Roy White (Ret.) has his Truth in Textbooks listed under SPLC’s “hate groups.” It is his group that fought so hard to get good Social Studies TEKS and textbooks adopted. Mass Resistance is also listed (https://www.massresistance.org/). They are leading the fight against the LGBTQ agenda throughout America. Outstanding conservative organizations such as Act for America, Probe Ministries (https://probe.org/kerby-anderson/ [5]), and The Remembrance Project (Maria Espinoza — https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/remembrance-project [6]) are also listed as “hate groups” by SPLC.

Ironically, the Southern Poverty Law Center has refused to recognize Antifa as a hate group, and now troubling information has surfaced that shows that SPLC may itself have links to Antifa: 6.4.19 – “Report: SPLC Tied to Violent Antifa Organization” – by Christopher Holton – Center for Security Policy — https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2019/06/04/report-splc-tied-to-violent-antifa-organization/ [7]

WHAT ABOUT LEARNING TO READ AND LOVING IT?

A new reading initiative is coming to all Texas public schools; and that initiative will be centered around direct, systematic instruction of phonemic awareness/phonics. The Texas State Board of Education has adopted new English / Language Arts / Reading curriculum standards (TEKS). The K-8 ELAR/TEKS will be implemented in Sept. 2019; Grades 9 – 12 will be implemented in Sept. 2020. Because our Texas public schools have not been teaching students to read through phonemic awareness/phonics, our STAAR test scores in reading indicate that a huge percentage of students do not read well.

Why not have a summer literacy program that actually teaches children how to read by using the empirical, scientific, reading research to help them develop automaticity, fluency, and comprehension? Why not have people in Texas (not outsiders from the Children’s Defense Fund) to design exciting and fun reading activities that are based upon the ELAR/TEKS and that will help these children to experience great success on their STAAR tests? This would be much better than trying to force little children to delve into topics that most adults would find challenging. Why not help students learn lifelong reading skills that can lift them out of poverty and onto the road to success in all of their other school subjects? Think how much better this would be than to try to turn young children into leftwing activists. Children are not meant to be “little adults.”

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RESPONSE FROM BAYLOR – FROM NANCY BRICKHOUSE, PROVIST, BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

From: Brickhouse, Nancy <Nancy_Brickhouse@baylor.edu [8]>
Date: Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 8:29 AM
Subject: Re: Freedom Schools

Dear XXXX,

Thank you for your email regarding Baylor’s Freedom School and your care for both our Waco students and Baylor.

The incident that you refer to is an aberration, and new processes are now in place that ensure that the learning opportunities students receive in the program are appropriate for their age. The students range in age from 11-13, and no films will be shown rated PG 13 or higher from this point forward. Baylor has taken action, and a staff member was removed from their position and is no longer a part of the program. Baylor has taken additional steps to address concerns. Each week, written descriptions of the curriculum will be sent home to each family, in addition to the mandatory weekly parent meeting. Parents may opt their child out of any piece of the curriculum, and the program will continue to reinforce this option with parents. In the future, the Freedom School will provide a complete syllabus of programming for the parents at the mandatory parent orientation before the camp begins.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Freedom Schools — directly linked to Children’s Defense Fund: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/spring-2013/no-school-like-freedom-school [9]

7.13.19 — “Baylor University’s Literacy Program — or Indoctrination? Parents Beware!” — By Anne Newman — WB Daily — https://www.educationviews.org/baylor-universitys-literacy-program-or-indoctrination-parents-beware/ [10]

7.23.19 – “Parents outraged after documentary featuring murder of cross-dressing, gay student shown to 11-year-olds in Baylor summer reading program” — By Jim Hice – KCENTV.com — https://www.kcentv.com/article/news/local/parents-outraged-after-documentary-featuring-murder-of-cross-dressing-gay-student-shown-to-11-year-olds-in-baylor-summer-reading-program/500-40a99cb5-4ba4-4a76-a8ae-38f91e91d64d [11]

7.24.19 – “Group Criticizes Transformation Waco Board After Students Shown Documentary About Murder of Gay Boy” — by Brooke Crum — Waco Tribune-Herald —
https://www.wacotrib.com/news/education/group-criticizes-transformation-waco-board-after-students-shown-documentary-about/article_f39add3f-e8d6-58dd-8cc6-d8b9227ae1dc.html [12]

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PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK TO READ ANNE NEWMAN’S ADDENDUM FACT SHEET: http://www.wbdaily.com/education/baylor-university-literacy-program-indoctrination-parents-beware/ [13]

Donna Garner
Wgarner1@hot.rr.com [14]