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when I lived in Fairfax in the 90's their pride was their schools....what a shame.....let them die..screw you!!!

"Let Them Die": Fairfax PTA & NAACP Officer Calls For The Death Of Those Who Oppose CRT

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BY TYLER DURDEN
SATURDAY, JUL 17, 2021 - 05:30 PM

Authored by Jonathan Turley,

As many on this blog are aware, I have long been an advocate of public education and we feel deeply fortunate to have sent all four of our kids to public schools in Alexandria and McLean in Fairfax County.  I still have one child in the Fairfax system. I was therefore shocked like many Fairfax parents to see the videotape of Michelle Leete, Vice President of Training at the Virginia PTAVice President of Communications for the Fairfax County PTA and First Vice President of the Fairfax County NAACP as she called for those who oppose critical race theory and identity divisions in school to “die.”

What was even more unnerving is the applause from other parents to her “let them die” declaration.

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The video was taken by a Fairfax parent, Asra Nomani, whose son recently graduated from Fairfax County Public Schools and helps run the watchdog group Parents Defending Education. The speech was reportedly held at a counter-protest a meeting billed as “STOP CRT RALLY.”

Leete railed against those objecting to the identity-based lesson plans. Notably, Leete fell back on the same shaming that accused parents of hating everything and everyone because they do not want this material to be taught to their children.  Keep in mind that this would encompass the majority of parents according to recent polls.

“So let’s meet and remain steadfast in speaking truth, tearing down double standards, and refuting double talk. Let’s not allow any double downing on lies. Let’s prepare our children for a world they deserve. Let’s deny this off-key band of people that are anti-education, anti-teacher, anti-equity, anti-history, anti-racial reckoning, anti-opportunities, anti-help people, anti-diversity, anti-platform, anti-science, anti-change agent, anti-social justice, anti-healthcare, anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-children, anti-healthcare, anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-admissions policy change, anti-inclusion, anti-live-and-let live people. Let them die.” 

The unhinged attack on parents opposing these lessons is all-too-familiar in our age of rage. It is not enough to disagree on what is appropriate for our schools, you have to paint the other side as bizarrely opposing the environment, workers, “help people,” inclusion, healthcare, LGBTQ, and of course children.Fairfax has become a major battleground over CRT and race-based programs.  That debate has reached out Thomas Jefferson High Schoo, ranked No. 1 among all public high schools nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

TJ is a source of pride for the county as an elite school that offers advanced courses for our best students. However, as with other jurisdictions where meritocracy  and standardized testing have been declared racist, school officials have moved to drop actual grades and scores as the critical qualifications for entry in order to increase African American participation.

The race-blind entrance exam was successful in picking the best students in the county and the school serves as a wonderful goal for students who need advanced school work. So the school board went to a “holistic” approach to increase diversity. The primary racial group targeted by the board was Asian students. The result was that this year Asian-Americans admitted to TJ dropped to 54% this year from 73% last year. These students were no longer admitted entirely on their academic achievement on tests and scores. Their race was the motivating factor in changing the entry requirements.

In some ways, Fairfax is still better than many jurisdictions that are eliminating elite schools and advanced courses because of the race of the students in those programs.

It is incredibly sad to see this type of reckless rhetoric in our school district. Many of us came to Fairfax because it has always been viewed as a district that put academic excellence as the highest priority. We have found the schools in McLean to be terrific and the teachers to be incredibly supportive. I hate to see that long-successful approach swamped by the unrestrained rage and divisions of our contemporary politics.

 
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Maybe it's time for people to re-read some Ayn Rand.  If it's anyone pushing a philosophy of death it's the Left and people like this Michelle Leete mentioned in the article.  Her philosophy is not only to tear down  excellence but to punish (kill?) those who exhibit it or advocate it.  We prove our worth as human beings by doing great and better things, year after year, with what God has given us, not by seeking the lowest common denominator and imposing that low standard on others.  Want to return to the caves as hunters and gatherers?  Then follow the Left.

P.S.  Amazing how seeking excellence in professional sports works so well.  Seems to me that such an approach would work well in any other endeavor.

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15 hours ago, WMJ77 said:

when I lived in Fairfax in the 90's their pride was their schools....what a shame.....let them die..screw you!!!

"Let Them Die": Fairfax PTA & NAACP Officer Calls For The Death Of Those Who Oppose CRT

Tyler Durden's Photo
BY TYLER DURDEN
SATURDAY, JUL 17, 2021 - 05:30 PM

Authored by Jonathan Turley,

As many on this blog are aware, I have long been an advocate of public education and we feel deeply fortunate to have sent all four of our kids to public schools in Alexandria and McLean in Fairfax County.  I still have one child in the Fairfax system. I was therefore shocked like many Fairfax parents to see the videotape of Michelle Leete, Vice President of Training at the Virginia PTAVice President of Communications for the Fairfax County PTA and First Vice President of the Fairfax County NAACP as she called for those who oppose critical race theory and identity divisions in school to “die.”

What was even more unnerving is the applause from other parents to her “let them die” declaration.

Screen-Shot-2021-07-16-at-7.42.24-AM.png

The video was taken by a Fairfax parent, Asra Nomani, whose son recently graduated from Fairfax County Public Schools and helps run the watchdog group Parents Defending Education. The speech was reportedly held at a counter-protest a meeting billed as “STOP CRT RALLY.”

Leete railed against those objecting to the identity-based lesson plans. Notably, Leete fell back on the same shaming that accused parents of hating everything and everyone because they do not want this material to be taught to their children.  Keep in mind that this would encompass the majority of parents according to recent polls.

“So let’s meet and remain steadfast in speaking truth, tearing down double standards, and refuting double talk. Let’s not allow any double downing on lies. Let’s prepare our children for a world they deserve. Let’s deny this off-key band of people that are anti-education, anti-teacher, anti-equity, anti-history, anti-racial reckoning, anti-opportunities, anti-help people, anti-diversity, anti-platform, anti-science, anti-change agent, anti-social justice, anti-healthcare, anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-children, anti-healthcare, anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-admissions policy change, anti-inclusion, anti-live-and-let live people. Let them die.” 

The unhinged attack on parents opposing these lessons is all-too-familiar in our age of rage. It is not enough to disagree on what is appropriate for our schools, you have to paint the other side as bizarrely opposing the environment, workers, “help people,” inclusion, healthcare, LGBTQ, and of course children.Fairfax has become a major battleground over CRT and race-based programs.  That debate has reached out Thomas Jefferson High Schoo, ranked No. 1 among all public high schools nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

TJ is a source of pride for the county as an elite school that offers advanced courses for our best students. However, as with other jurisdictions where meritocracy  and standardized testing have been declared racist, school officials have moved to drop actual grades and scores as the critical qualifications for entry in order to increase African American participation.

The race-blind entrance exam was successful in picking the best students in the county and the school serves as a wonderful goal for students who need advanced school work. So the school board went to a “holistic” approach to increase diversity. The primary racial group targeted by the board was Asian students. The result was that this year Asian-Americans admitted to TJ dropped to 54% this year from 73% last year. These students were no longer admitted entirely on their academic achievement on tests and scores. Their race was the motivating factor in changing the entry requirements.

In some ways, Fairfax is still better than many jurisdictions that are eliminating elite schools and advanced courses because of the race of the students in those programs.

It is incredibly sad to see this type of reckless rhetoric in our school district. Many of us came to Fairfax because it has always been viewed as a district that put academic excellence as the highest priority. We have found the schools in McLean to be terrific and the teachers to be incredibly supportive. I hate to see that long-successful approach swamped by the unrestrained rage and divisions of our contemporary politics.

 

Whatever! Let's teach creationist theory and why not give the flat earthers a chance to join the school curriculum?:rolleyes: Schools should go back to teaching reading, writing and arithmetic and associated classes such as geography and history. We need to ditch the "theory" and "beliefs" classes. Those are things that rightfully belong to parents to teach. Getting them out of schools would solve the entire problem. Nothing solves the problem of crazy people who want to kill those who disagree with them.  When the kid came home with things she had doubts about she got the following advice smile, nod your head, keep your mouth shut and when you get home Mom will straighten you out. No point in arguing with teachers although I will give one teacher credit for capitulating on the word "gray" spelled with an e as the kid argued it was an alternate spelling that Mom used. Mom read too many British novels.

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1 hour ago, lavender said:

Whatever! Let's teach creationist theory and why not give the flat earthers a chance to join the school curriculum?:rolleyes: Schools should go back to teaching reading, writing and arithmetic and associated classes such as geography and history. We need to ditch the "theory" and "beliefs" classes. Those are things that rightfully belong to parents to teach. Getting them out of schools would solve the entire problem. Nothing solves the problem of crazy people who want to kill those who disagree with them.  When the kid came home with things she had doubts about she got the following advice smile, nod your head, keep your mouth shut and when you get home Mom will straighten you out. No point in arguing with teachers although I will give one teacher credit for capitulating on the word "gray" spelled with an e as the kid argued it was an alternate spelling that Mom used. Mom read too many British novels.

Great post.

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