By Danette Clark
TheBlaze.com reported yesterday that the father of a 4th grade student at Cedar Hills Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida was furious after finding the paper shown above in his son’s backpack.
The boy and one other student told the father, Aaron Harvey, that their teacher dictated the sentence to some of the students to write down — “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”
In response, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, Nikolai Vitti, told TheBlaze that a local attorney taught a lesson about the Constitution to fourth-grade students, and the sentence was mentioned during the lesson, but that Aaron Harvey’s son wrote it down “on his own free will”.
I’m not buying it.
Further, Superintendent Vitti has a long history of working in districts led by Annenberg supported progressive reformers and has received training from Annenberg organizations.
As I’ve written several times (here, here, here, and here), the Annenberg Institute and the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), whose mission it is to indoctrinate for ‘social change’, are behind the radical CSCOPE curriculum in Texas and the nationally proposed Common Core State Standards.
Nikolai Vitti only recently became the Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. Prior to his selection, Vitti served as Chief Academic Officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a South Florida Annenberg Challenge district.
In addition to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and the Houston Annenberg Challenge, both of which I’ve recently written about, Miami-Dade received a portion of the Annenberg Challenge grant money awarded to several districts across the nation for the purpose of implementing the Coalition of Essential Schools progressive reform model.
The Florida Department of Education sponsors and funds many of the programs provided by Council for Educational Change (Annenberg Challenge), including training sessions for educators on the Common Core Standards. This means that, even absent Common Core, the entire State of Florida is at risk of losing its schools, and more importantly, its children, to progressive indoctrinators.