Loudoun County Public Schools are triggered by Dr. Seuss, thanks to “research” cited by Learning for Justice, an advocacy group that used to be known as Teaching for Tolerance. (Oh, the irony!)
[Note: Teaching for Tolerance was founded 30 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center, known for its radical, left-wing agendas. When now VA Gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin was CEO of the Carlyle Group, he advocated for the SPLC and offered to have the company match employee contributions to the organization.]
Tolerance has given way to Intolerance of anyone or anything that transgresses the Left’s cultural and political imperatives. Thus, the Loudoun County academic commissars declared Dr. Seuss a racist.
Gabriel Smith, a program associate for Learning for Justice, wrote a column about the research done on Seuss’s writings. https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/its-time-to-talk-about-dr-seuss He admitted that The Sneetches book does have a message of “acceptance,” but that the message “does not acknowledge structural power imbalances [or] address the idea that historical narratives impact present-day power structures.” The operative word is “power” and it permeates the Left’s agendas and objectives.
So what are Loudoun school parents to do? Here’s an idea to push back against those academic commissars and have fun while doing it!
Organize a Dr. Seuss Day at your local school playground. Bring your favorite Seuss books and stage read-ins. Encourage your children to dress up as their favorite Seuss characters. Invite your neighbors! Taxpayers fund public schools and should be included in the festivities. And why limit Dr. Seuss Day to Loudoun County? Fairfax County families and friends can have fun, too … can’t they?