In the run-up to 2021’s Black History Month, the first since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody touched off a worldwide reckoning on issues of race, there was no shortage of articles regarding how educators had “tip-toed” around our history or offered “sanitized versions of slavery and the civil rights movement.” It was time for us to get serious.
Fifth-graders at the William D. Kelley School in Philadelphia are getting very serious indeed, according to a curriculum obtained by a writer for the City Journal.
Christopher Rufo, a contributing editor to the publication, said in an article published Thursday that a teacher at the school designed a Black History Month lesson plan centered around celebrating the life of militant activist Angela Davis, “praising the ‘black communist’ for her fight against ‘injustice and inequality.’”
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“As part of the lesson, the teacher asked students to ‘describe Davis’ early life,’