EDITORS NOTE: The tragic shooting at Covenant School, Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Nashville, Tennessee is rooted in the reckless teaching of gender ideology. Gender ideology is a religion, a faith-based assumption. The prolific teaching of gender ideology in our society is scientifically unsubstantiated and is proven to be dangerous and life-threatening to the citizens of the world. There are only two genders. There are no replicated scientific studies supporting any biologic etiology for LGBTQIA – XYZ identities. There is no gene, no brain abnormality, no chemical or emotional cause, and no evidence whatsoever for any other sexual identity other than male and female. There is no scientific efficacy or position in education, whether that is in government schools or any media platform to promote gender ideology. None. This grievous lie must stop now.
A Nation in Crisis
Our nation is in crisis. It would appear as if the general public has become desensitized to the daily disasters occurring on our own soil. I cringe and I wonder why we continue to exacerbate the problem by allowing government to have such a stake in the way we raise our children. That’s right- the government is raising our children, and until the nation’s failing education system can be completely overhauled, we continue to allow them to breed neo-communists.
Public schools tout equality and tolerance- just not for those with Christ-centered values. Critical Race Theory, the teaching of mindsets to align with the 2030 Global Agenda, and sexual grooming are just some of the atrocities that abound in our nation’s “government schools” today. Until this system is broken down, we continue to raise up children who accept and promote the very things that bring us closer and closer to a communist state. Far-fetched, you say? Fascism is the idea that the government doesn’t have the power to regulate certain things…but it can and does partner with big companies that can. In other words, you see the problem as big tech and big pharma, when in all actuality, you are only seeing the face of a backroom deal; a government-backed agenda. In essence, Fascism is the idea of a semi-open market. It is the gateway; the method of control over the media, propaganda, and yes- the schools.
Never before have parents questioned the legitimacy of the content being delivered to their children as they are now. This is not without good cause, as the word of God tells us that when false information is presented as truth, the result is confusion and unrest. In New Jersey, bill A4454 quietly passed in January 2021 while the world was distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A4454 mandated schools immediately incorporate lessons for students in Kindergarten through grade 12 which shall:
(1) highlight and promote diversity 1 15 , including economic diversity1 , equity, inclusion, tolerance 1 , 1 and belonging 1 16 [on topics including:] in connection with1 gender and sexual orientation 1 [;] , 1 17 race and ethnicity 1 [;] , 1 disabilities1 [;] , and1 18 religious tolerance; 1 [and unconscious bias;
Here is the Language posted and titled into in NJ revised Code.
C.18A:35-4.36a Curriculum to include instruction on diversity and inclusion.
1. a. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, each school district shall incorporate instruction on diversity and inclusion in an appropriate place in the curriculum of students in grades kindergarten through 12 as part of the district’s implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.
b. The instruction shall:
(1) highlight and promote diversity, including economic diversity, equity, inclusion, tolerance, and belonging in connection with gender and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, disabilities, and religious tolerance;
(2) examine the impact that unconscious bias and economic disparities have at both an individual level and on society as a whole; and
(3) encourage safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments for all students regardless of race or ethnicity, sexual and gender identities, mental and physical disabilities, and religious beliefs.
c. The Commissioner of Education shall provide school districts with sample learning activities and resources designed to promote diversity and inclusion.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Approved March 1, 2021. P.L.2021, c.32.
This bill, which is now law, mandates instruction in the areas of transgenderism and other alternative lifestyles to children as young as age 5. These teachings place children in especially vulnerable and dangerous positions and have in fact caused our youth great confusion and unrest. Our failing education system is reflected in staggering statistics regarding youth in America.
But don’t worry! Our government schools; the very institutions that bred these problems will swoop in and save the day. To solve for the deep emotional trauma they caused, the powers that be are pouring your tax dollars into making sure that each and every student has the social and emotional supports they need to combat these problems. These statistics and the Covid 19 pandemic serve as excellent means to justify the widespread implementation of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in schools. The same government agencies that said masks didn’t work, then they did, but now say it doesn’t. That also said the vaccine prevented Covid, until… it didn’t. The very same government agencies are now saying that the isolation and trauma your children suffered as a result of the shutdowns is cause for government schools to step in and ensure their mental health and well-being take precedence over the severe academic learning loss. Furthermore, the social and emotional well-being of children is best addressed by educators, not counselors, not parents, but by teachers with little to no training in this new-age Social Science.
School-based SEL has no substantial evidence to support its value. SEL is based on subjective topics like religious beliefs, personal morals, and values, and is taught using invasive and illegal surveying of our children. To significantly expand upon this topic, I’d need time and you would likely need a drink. For now, I’ll assert that SEL is the vehicle by which the government has ushered in another backroom deal right under our noses.
It’s no secret that the public education system was designed to teach compliance. Today, the institution’s agenda is no different. Government schools prepare school-aged children to develop mindsets to align with a new world order of thinking. This “global vision” is called Agenda 2030 and it is in direct opposition to God’s word. The manner in which this is done is by having young, active children sit behind a desk for hours, having them “discuss” rather than “do” in order for them to develop a shared vision of what the world could be. All this is done under the guise of Social-Emotional Learning to unite us into a more utopian community with a shared vision. But, as the Word tells us, there is nothing new under the sun, and this global agenda is just another attempt to build the Tower of Babel.
Wait long enough and SEL in schools will brainwash our nation’s children to happily buy-in, even welcome the idea of communism with open arms. The difference is they won’t call it that. No, instead they will call it, “empathy”, sustainable living to combat climate change, and social justice, equity, and inclusion. These are the concepts being drilled into their heads as you send them off to camp every day. It’s not that the average person doesn’t want these things, the difference is that many of these teachings overlap with deeply personal beliefs and the right to decide how and when to teach these concepts belongs to parents.
The way a child is educated essentially lays the foundation for the way they approach life. If a child is educated by way of sitting behind a desk, being told what to do, how to learn and that it’s disrespectful to disagree with anyone, then children will approach life waiting to be told what to do and how to do it. They are not being taught how to think or reason they are being taught to obey and never question. The problem of our schools is so deep that oftentimes, consideration of a private school doesn’t necessarily fix the problem. It merely sends families from one broken system to another. The solution lies in the idea that education rest on the shoulders of parents. It is the right of parents to decide what they want for their children and it is unconstitutional to withhold money from those who chose Christian education or any other education option than a public-government school.
The future of education ultimately lies in absolute school choice; when public schools enter the free market and the money follows the child. Until then, we must continue to speak up for those who cannot. Big government, you are hereby notified- you have poked the bear one too many times. The mama bears are awake and we are taking back the right to educate their children as they see fit. Parents all over the country are redefining the idea of what “school” looks like. We are on the cusp of an educational revolution and the future of our nation is at stake. We cannot afford to sit back and do nothing- the future depends on what we do right now. Attend your school board meetings, push back against mandatory SEL lessons, and pull your children from public school if you can; www.synergyeducationinitiative.com can help. Join the fight for absolute school choice by signing the petition at www.NJforschoolchoice.com and supporting family advocacy organizations like the Center for Garden State Families.
Mariesa M. Grado, M.A.
Synergy Education Initiative
What do we do- what’s next?
First and foremost, we need to unite in an organized manner. The Center for Garden State Families and Synergy Education Initiative are petitioning and gathering signatures in support of school choice.
Click on the NJ for School Choice petition and find out more about the New Jersey for School Choice Education Summit 2023.
Mrs. Mariesa Grado B.A, M.A. is an Educational Consultant with over 20 years of experience in education.