It’s hard for educrats to argue their schools aren’t places of marxist indoctrination when teachers are putting up “inspirational” messages from infamous marxists.
Such is the case at Wisconsin Hills Middle School in Brookfield, where social studies teacher Sherri Michałowski greeted her young students this week with the language of revolution.
According to a photo sent to Empower Wisconsin and conservative talk show host Vicki McKenna, Michałowski’s recent quote of the day — hand-written on a dry erase board in the hallway outside her classroom — was from brutal Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro.
“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past,” the old, dead Communist once declared. Castro meant every word of it, too. Just how many thousands of dissidents he and his despotic regime have murdered over the years is difficult to know.
Concerned parents of Wisconsin Hills middle schoolers don’t find Michałowski’s quote of the day inspirational. It’s another example of the radicalization of their schools by leftist teachers and administrators in the Elmbrook School District, located in what has long been a citadel of conservative values.
Chris Thompson, chief strategy officer for Elmbrook Schools, confirms that the district received a few inquiries about the quote presented to students in the 8th-grade social studies class. He said it was intended to “cause reflection on how things change over time, particularly in the context of the class’ unit of study on the industrial revolution.”
Students were asked to explain some of the noticeable changes during the industrial revolution, such as a transition to a manufacturing economy, impact of new inventions, or the varied uses of different energy sources, Thompson said.
“Without context of the class and the topic for discussion, we recognize this quote could serve various purposes. We are grateful to those who asked about the context to better understand its intention and use in one of our classrooms,” the chief strategy officer added.
Michałowski serves as past president for the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies, and helped write the new social studies standards for Wisconsin public schools. The standards were adopted by then-Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers, who would go on to be elected Wisconsin’s most liberal governor. Evers, like DPI, has pushed so-called equity and anti-racism concepts and curriculum that teach the United States was founded on white supremacy and continues to be an intrinsically racist nation.
Parents are fighting back. Earlier this year, they stood up against Elmbrook administration’s divisive equity principles, which ultimately were removed from the district’s strategy map.
“Elmbrook is just one of many districts across the state that is attempting to implement an equity statement into their district strategy. Equity Non-Negotiables or Equity Principles are guidelines for school districts to abide by, not open to interpretation or modification, that seem to commit the school district to focus on equity, Critical Race Theory (CRT), culturally responsive teaching, or one of the many euphemisms for CRT,” MacIver News reported in June.
Despite the school board’s rejection of the equity principles, parents say they continue to hear from teachers who inform them the administration is moving forward with CRT using various euphemisms.
“We also keep hearing stories from families that they’re pushing identity groups and socialist ideology in the classroom,” one parent said. “Our administration does with our children what they see fit even if it promotes inhumane ideology.”