Updated: Aug 31, 2021
By: Sloan Rachmuth
Last week Governor Cooper's school board apointee James E. Ford grabbed headlines when he he rejected including the phrase "America is a great nation" in the preamble of the K-12 Social Studies standards during a board meeting.
Ford is arguably the most important member sitting on the State's board because he because is charged with helping to create the overall strategy for North Carolina Public Schoos In addition to creating subject standards, the Board is responsible for choosing textbooks and teaching material, and creating the EOG accademic tests for schools across the state. The Board, along with the Department of Instruction, are also charged with creating teacher trainings, support material, and parent guides for all 115 school districts.
Last month, we reported that Ford and the State's Board of Ed apparently recieved part of $1.4 million at the same time the state's new state Equity policy was drafted. That policy calls for:
Teachers and students to receive Critical Race Training
Psychiatric providers in schools
Gifted programs using skin color in place of merit for placement
Parents to "unlearn" their culture and replace it with fighting racism
If these ideas seem Marxist that's because they are, and so is Ford.
Last December Ford conducted a workshop to train teachers how to "fight racism through pegagogy" sponsored by Jackson Education Fund. Ford tells his audience that two interventions were urgently needed to dismantle America's education system: use of Marxist Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Critical Race Theory.
Viewing "Whiteness as a property right" and mandating that teachers and students be "race concious at all times," underpin the educational theories of Brazilian Marxist Paulo Freire, whose “pedagogy of the oppressed” was originally designed to instill “critical consciousness” among impoverished South Americans and to train students to overthrow the dictatorial governments of the era. Freire outlines a theory of oppression and the oppressor and presents the key to liberation as an awakening of critical awareness and the thinking process in the individual.
But Freire's Marxist educational program is even too toxic for Brazil. President Jair Bolsonaro has announced plans to revise textbooks and curriculum to support Brazil's new an anti-communist policy agenda. “One of the goals to get Brazil out of the worst positions in international education rankings is to combat the Marxist rubbish that has spread in educational institutions,” Bolsonaro tweeted just before he was sworn in.
The question is: When will North Carolina also clear out the Marxist rubbish from in its education system in the form of James Ford?
LONG HISTORY OF RACISM & HATRED
For months, Education First Alliance has been the lone voice calling out James Ford for his hatred of America. Last December we exposed James Ford's vile social media diatribes about white people.
"For Ford, no matter how hard white people try to help create a more equitable school system for all (many are doing so); they will remain ruinously malevolent, irredeemable even, and they will ultimately destroy society."
In March we wrote that Roy Cooper's appointment of Ford as the most destructive act to the public education system undertaken by a Governor in modern North Carolina histoty.
"Thanks to Roy Cooper’s recent re-appointment of James E. Ford to the State’s Board of Education, students, and the rest of us, will be flung into an abyss of racist paranoia created by the new critical race theory teaching standards, whose radical tentacles reach far beyond social studies."
We exposed more of James Ford's racist, hateful Tweets towrds white women:
And towards police officers:
And towards America:
Why is a Marxist who hates America, law enforcement, women, and whites fit to influence what 1.5 million public school children in North Carolina learn in the classroom? It is time for good people of the Tarheel State to call their representatives to demand that James Ford be removed from North Carolina's State Board of Education.