May 24, 2021

Idaho Freedom Foundation Education Policy Analyst Anna K. Miller

At the May 15 Liberty Dinner, hosted by the Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer, Anna K. Miller, Education Policy Analyst with the Idaho Freedom Foundation, issued a stark warning that social justice indoctrination has already taken hold in Idaho schools.

As Miller explained, “The term Social Justice refers to a large body of scholarship known as Critical Theory, or Critical Legal Theory.”  She added, “Social justice, as it plays out in the education sphere, seeks primarily one thing: diversion of education toward political activism and ideological indoctrination.”

The philosophy leads to the promotion of discrimination and silencing of voices based on a kind of victim hierarchy.  Miller said, “Books like How to Be an Anti-Racist By Ibram X. Kendi are widely available.  Yet most people are not willing to speak out about the abhorrent ideas it promotes like the fact that Kendi believes discrimination against white people is a positive social good.  For example, Kendi writes, “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination.  The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.””

Miller described how deeply imbedded social justice ideas have become in Idaho’s university system.  She said, “Faculty are required to undergo implicit bias and diversity training to serve on search committees at both UI and BSU.  Such practices ensure new hires adhere to the prevailing ideological goals of the university.  Bias incident response teams are present on both UI and BSU campuses.  These teams operate as secret police for social justice educators by enforcing the “inclusive” environment that activists want to build.”

Social justice indoctrination is also present in Idaho’s K-12 schools.  Miller said, “We also have reason to be concerned about the K-12 education system.  Whistle blowers have
recently begun contacting IFF about critical race theory indoctrination in our public schools.”

Miller provided examples from Idaho’s K-12 schools.  In one case, she noted, “A group of teachers in the Boise School District recently shared with me that they, among other
staff members, were forced to participate in a “privilege walk” during a faculty training session.  During the session teachers were lined up and forced to deconstruct group identities, for example their racial and sexual identities, and rank themselves according to their power and privilege.”

Miller pointed out that the introduction of social justice is coming from the top down, from the federal government and state education agencies.

After outlining the problem, Milled posed a question.  “We must ask ourselves:  Is this the education taxpayers want their schools to support?  This misuse of public funds for social justice activism is a betrayal of the public’s confidence.  If teachers are required to be trained in activist pedagogy and if universities are controlled on every level by activists demanding adherence to one ideological dogma, then these institutions cannot provide a genuine and valuable education to students that nurtures students’ intellect and
imagination for their own sake.”

Although the divisive ideas behind social justice ideology have been festering for some time, Miller noted reason for optimism.  “This year marked a shift in Idaho politics, for the first-time legislators actually discussed the educational value of public universities and schools, rather than just throwing more of your hard-earned money at the problem.”

For those concerned with the issue, Miller offered three suggestions:

  1. Seek out information to learn what is happening and how to fight back.  The Idaho Freedom Foundation can help.
  2. Form local groups with other families who are dedicated to educating your community about this issue.
  3. Contact your elected representatives, from school board members to legislators, about issues that concern you.  Get involved politically.

Miller concluded by saying, “We cannot create change without the help of people like you.  It’s time to reclaim educational excellence in America.”

To learn more about the Idaho Freedom Foundation, visit:  Idaho Freedom Foundation FB

The Liberty Dinner Series was established by the Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer to allow local residents to hear from key decision makers and policy leaders in Idaho, to highlight important issues facing the state, and to learn how they can be involved in helping preserve Idaho values and the Idaho way of life.

Liberty Dinners are held on the third Saturday of each month beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The next dinner, scheduled for June 19, will be held at Mountain Valley Baptist Church and features Representative Priscilla Giddings, Air Force Academy graduate, fighter pilot, and recently declared candidate for Lt. Governor.

Reservations to attend the dinner must be made in advance.  Contact John Crowder, Publisher of the Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer, at jcrowder27@hotmail.com for more information.

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