Empower Wisconsin | Sept 24, 2020
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — False equivalencies have become part and parcel of the woke movement, particularly in American high schools.
In a Sun Prairie High School English class, the false equivalency du jour seems to be teaching students that police officers are tantamount to Nazi soldiers.
L.K. and B.P. (they asked not to be identified because they are concerned about retribution from the Madison-area unhinged left) say their son and his freshman class were recently given an assignment to connect the book Night with an article about the Black Lives Matter movement published in the left-wing Isthmus newspaper.
The piece, headlined, “‘Wake Up’ Madison” featured black activists and their protests against racism and police brutality in the days following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police. It’s important to note that the news article was published shortly after parts of Downtown Madison and its iconic State Street were destroyed by looters, rioters and arsonists who had joined in the “peaceful protests” against police.
Night, is the 1960 book by Elie Wiesel chronicling his experiences with his father in Nazi German concentration camps at the height of the Holocaust.
The English teacher asked students to:
- Explain the conflicts represented in this (the Isthmus) article
- Connect an idea from this article to what we read from Night (12 pages from the book)
- Tell me about a time you have been in conflict with an authority figure. How did you respond?
L.K. and B.P. said their son objected. They did, too.
“What they are doing at their core is teaching kids to hate the police,” B.P. said. He said his son asked him how to deal with the situation.
B.P. said he was torn.
“I mean, what do you say? You can’t make the teacher your enemy, you have to give them what they want, but you have to stand up for what you believe,” he said.
The frustrated father reached out to Superintendent Brad Saron. He told the education chief that the assignment was inappropriate, a lesson taught out of context in order to drive a radical narrative.
In an email obtained by Empower Wisconsin, Saron said he found the activity “rooted in our state standards of comparing, analyzing, and synthesizing non-fiction text, which is made relevant by current events.”
B.P. noted that nearly 1 million Jews died in Auschwitz. In 2019, nine unarmed black men were shot to death by law enforcement officers, according to the Wall Street Journal. By comparison, 19 unarmed white men were fatally shot by police. While any wrongful death is tragic and unjust, B.P. questioned the comparison in the assignment.
Saron said he supported the teacher’s instructional methodology, not only as the superintendent but as a father. “My daughter LOVED her class last year,” he wrote in the email.
B.P. told the superintendent that he would “dedicate every minute of free time I have to call attention” to the assignment and what he sees as the radical indoctrination of students. Saron said he found the statement “troubling — certainly meant to intimidate.”
So troubling, in fact, that he banned B.P. from contacting any of his children’s teachers moving forward.
“As such, I’m asking that all dialogue between you and the school district or individual schools be directed through building principals.To be clear, you are not able to contact teachers individually, but only through the principal,” Saron wrote.
B.P. found Saron’s email troubling, too. The superintendent not only copied freshman teachers, the high school principal, and the school’s “equity” director on the email, he also sent it to the parents’ younger son’s teachers and education coordinators.
“He can’t be involved in our kids education now? I find that response threatening,” L.K., the mother of the children said.
B.P. said the Sun Prairie school system has always leaned left, but the lesson comparing perceptions of “systemic racism” to the Holocaust is a hard turn radical left.
“I can’t think of any Republican or Democrat I know that would be okay with this assignment,” B.P. said. “Even just the optics should have alarmed the superintendent.”
L.K. said she hopes others stand up against the left-wing agenda being sold as “anti-racism” in public schools.
B.P. agreed, noting there is no “critical thinking” left in the “Cancel Culture.”
“It’s such a trap. You can’t really have this conversation, and they know that,” he said. “They will tell you that any counter argument to their equivalencies is racist.”