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A private school in Washington D.C. that pushes social activism and charges roughly $40,000 per year for children in their kindergarten program held a march where the kindergartners carried protest signs and chanted “Black Lives Matter.”
A school in DC forced kindergarteners to march around with BLM signs and chant “Black Lives Matter” pic.twitter.com/wGiuBY13Yg
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While the exact date of the video is unclear, Parents Defending Education wrote in a press release last Friday that along with other schools across the nation promoting “Black Lives Matter” activism, “Lowell School in Washington, D.C. … [t]his year included kindergarteners marching with BLM signs and chanting ‘Black Lives Matter.’” The press release also included the link to a video on the school’s Instagram page purportedly showing the kindergartners marching with “Black Lives Matter” signs, but the video no longer exists on that page.
The school’s diversity, equity and inclusion statement asserts:
Anchored in our history and mission, we believe that the foundations of advocacy begin in childhood and early adolescence. To dismantle systems of oppression, exclusion, and inequality, a child must fundamentally value the worth of all people as equals from the youngest of ages. …
At this moment in time, it is still critical to call out and distinguish the work of equity and inclusion to ensure that the work remains a priority at many schools. … One of the most important values we uphold at Lowell is the desire to help build and sustain a more just and equitable society. Throughout our curriculum, we guide students in understanding the fundamentals of human and civil rights, exploring the history of pursuing and protecting those rights, and contributing to the advancement of social justice in today’s world.
The Lowell School writes on a page devoted to their “kindergarten-2nd grade curriculum”:
We firmly believe that we cannot expect children to engage in fluent conversations around identity, equity, and inclusion if these topics are, in any way, “off limits” for young children. Instead, we believe that if we normalize difference and teach children how to share and appreciate difference, the groundwork for equity and inclusion conversations will be that much more firmly laid. …
Part of helping children develop a strong sense of self includes showing them that they each have a voice and they can use that voice in service of a cause they are passionate about. This lays the groundwork for teachers to begin addressing issues of “fairness” and ways that children can make a difference in the world. …
Through a regular “News Share” activity, Kindergartners explore what is fair and unfair in the world around them. They begin to learn important questions to ask such as Why are things the way they are? Are they fair? What would that feel like if it were me? How can I help?
The Lowell School wrote in a blog post in 2018:
Teachers of young children at Lowell know how vital it is to help children as they develop their identities, experience people’s many differences, and learn to form caring friendships and communities. One of the many ways they dive into this important work is through books. … Parents, too, can use books to jump-start conversations with young children about “all of the parts that make us who we are” (identity), “what is fair and unfair” (social justice), and “how we can change things we believe are unjust” (activism).
Some of the books recommended for kindergartners included, “Heather Has Two Mommies,” and “I Am Jazz.”