The most heavily populated Maryland county has implemented “psychoeducational lessons” in public schools, teaching children that there is a “dual pandemic” of COVID-19 and “systemic racism.”
The shocking curriculum at Montgomery County schools was revealed in documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a Maryland Public Information Act request.
The watchdog organization obtained two sets of records that revealed a course titled, “Digital Literacy 3” that is being offered at Thomas Pyle Middle School.
“The course’s curriculum includes activities where the children discuss the identification of their gender, religion, and sexual orientation. The course also includes the children using ‘propaganda’ to lead social justice movements,” Judicial Watch reports.
An August 26 email from Associate Superintendent Janet S. Wilson told MCPS principals that all schools in the district would “be required to implement a student psychoeducational lesson during one of the school’s mandatory Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) block [sic] before September 18, 2020.”
“This lesson will provide students crisis facts about the dual pandemic (COVID-19 and systemic racism) that is occurring around the country and here in Montgomery County,” the email stated.
“This material details how extremist race politics and CRT are being used to target children for political ends,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement to Fox News. “Politics should immediately be removed from the curriculum of Montgomery County Schools. These CRT-laden teachings have no place in any American classroom.”
The materials show a clear infusion of Critical Race Theory into teachings meant for some of the youngest students. A glossary for Middle School students claims that “systemic racism” is “woven into the very foundation of American culture, society, and laws.”
“Systems of Oppression identifies inequity by calling attention to the historical and organized patterns of mistreatment” the glossary read. “In the United States systems of oppression (like systemic racism) are woven into the very foundation of American culture, society, and laws.”
Another “psychoeducational lesson” for students in 3rd to 5th grade said that “people in African American and Latinx communities have been more likely to get sick from COVID-19 because of how racism and unfairness impacts their lives,” according to a presentation obtained by Judicial Watch.
The presentation said that students “cannot opt out of the lessons,” but that they will allow parents to ask for “an alternative method… due to mental health concerns.”