In October, The Daily Wire shook the Virginia gubernatorial election when investigative reporter Luke Rosiak broke the story that the Loudoun County school board had lied about a rape in a girls’ bathroom by a boy wearing a skirt. How was Rosiak positioned to get the scoop? Because, it turns out, he had quietly been working on a two-year-long investigation of America’s schools.
The product of that investigation, a book called “Race to the Bottom: Uncovering the Secret Forces Destroying American Public Education,” released Tuesday, and stands to expose districts across the country the way that Loudoun was exposed.
“Loudoun is just a case study,” Rosiak said. “The point is the same dynamics you see there are present in most school districts.”
While the book illuminates those dynamics, and also calls out 61 districts and 11 states by name, its reach actually encompasses almost all school districts.
The book finds that a small group of radical racial consultants have been hired prolifically by districts — even in conservative areas — and spread their ideas. One consultant alone, Glenn Singleton of Pacific Education Group — whose presence can often be detected by the telltale phrase “courageous conversations” — has been hired by at least 500 of the nation’s 13,000 districts.
The book also details how national activist groups reach their tentacles into most public school districts and even private schools, by producing politicized lesson plans that teachers use rather than produce their own lessons.
The Zinn Education Project, for example, named after socialist historian Howard Zinn, creates lesson plans used by the content company Newsela, which is used by 90% of U.S. schools. Learning For Justice, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, sends its magazine to more than 400,000 teachers across the U.S.
Rosiak said one of the most remarkable aspects of indoctrination in schools is how merely living in a conservative area does not mean schools are safe from it. The Topeka, Kansas, schools, for example, were promoting Singleton’s ideas as early as 2014. Many of the ideas began in Minneapolis and Seattle but are now routinely pushed by states like Missouri and Indiana, where the state Department of Education has incorporated Learning For Justice’s “Social Justice Standards.”
The spread of these ideas has come even as they have failed to improve anything in Minneapolis and Seattle, which have seen more racial tension and achievement gaps, not less, as they have provided massive “equity” programming. Seattle’s “ethnic studies” czar moved her eight-year-old child in with a convicted child molester, the book reveals, and includes an interview with the activist’s father, who compares his daughter to Rachel Dolezal for her claimed “Xicana” identity.
“Information is power,” Rosiak said. “If you want to save your kids, you have to know who they’re up against, and most of them aren’t household names. That’s how they took over to begin with — anonymous operators working for decades while no one was watching.”