Happy New Year! I took a break from blogging to focus on my family during the holidays but am excited and hopeful for 2022 and what it will bring. The November Virginia election and the national spotlight of Loudon County parents showing their resilience battling their ISD for more transparency and parental rights gives me hope that parents have their eyes opened to what is going on in the classrooms around our country.
We are very fortunate to live in a district that has always prioritized academic excellence. Spring Branch ISD has no doubt been one of the best districts in Houston for many years. Covid in March 2020 really opened many eyes though to what is going on in our classrooms and libraries. Attending board meetings this last year and asking questions of the administration has made me realize that the academic excellence we are accustomed to is being threatened by the outsized emphasis on SEL (social emotional learning) and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion). Of course we want our children to stand up against bullying and to be kind to all of their classmates, but SEL and DEI are no longer about those things.
Similarly, I have noticed our kids are spending more and more classroom time on these touchy feely ideas and less time on literacy and math. For example, when my 2020 grad went through SBMS, there was no such thing as “Bear Pride Time” (BPT). Five grades separate my oldest from my middle child and and both of my younger two children spent/spend the first 30 minutes of their school days in BPT. What is that, you ask? I still don’t know, and I have asked. I’m told that it’s to learn study skills and “team building”. My kids say that what you do in class depends on who your teacher is. I have asked for lesson plans but have gotten none. What I do know is that I wish my two younger kids had 30 more minutes of Language Arts or Math and no BPT. I bet no TEKS are taught in BPT which is why I am concerned that SEL is a district priority when many kids aren’t reading on grade level.
As y’all know, I’m a criminal defense lawyer. My job everyday is to make sure that our government is transparent in providing me all of the evidence against my clients and that our government is accountable when they violate the Constitution. I stand with the individual- many of my clients are indigent- against a big, powerful government with immense power. I frequently send Public Information Act (PIA) requests in my lawyer life and I have sent quite a few to SBISD in my mom life. I have never had a problem with getting responses from SBISD…. until I started requesting information about SEL/DEI related things. I am curious about Panorama and Ed Fuel (see previous posts or google those companies). Those are companies that SBISD hires to be educational consultants. I have my concerns about these companies from reading about their activism across the nation and reading their websites. I have sent PIA requests to SBISD. I have asked for documents. I have been getting stonewalled since October and have attached the email I sent to the district and the district’s attorney this morning. I will keep y’all posted as these are important issues.
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Posted on 16 Jan 2022, 17:03 - Category: Facebook Blog