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Leftwing Billionaires and Foundations Are Not Just Trying to Buy Our Elections, They’re Trying to Buy Our Public Schools Too

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Conservative leaders across America like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are cracking down on so-called Zuckerbucks, the potential malign influence of private money on the conduct of our public elections. But there is an even bigger threat from private money that could deform classrooms and communities right under our noses—Civicsbucks.

Readers will remember that the term Zuckerbucks refers to the more than $400 million dollars that was donated by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, to local election boards across America during the 2020 election, distorting the outcome of the presidential election in Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and elsewhere. The Zuckerbergs spent as much money as the U.S. Congress did in the CARES Act to build election infrastructure with a disproportionate amount of the funding going to Democrat areas.

In Pennsylvania’s Democrat Delaware County, for example, this Zuckerbucks funding was used to install 1 drop box every 4 miles for every 4,000 voters, whereas in the 59 counties that Trump had won in 2016, 1 drop box was placed every 1,100 miles for every 72,000 voters. In Wisconsin, Zuckerbucks allowed areas of the state that had previously voted Democrat in the 2016 election to spend $47 per voter, while Republican areas had only $4 to $7 to spend per voter.

It is hard to imagine anything that could erode trust in our nation’s public institutions more quickly than leftwing billionaires and foundations using private money to fund the administration of our elections.

But there is one thing—a growing movement to use private money to inject woke ideology into public schools. Call it Civicsbucks. Its purpose is to put the most radical Democrat organizations and billionaires in the driver’s seat of our education system. Instead of altering the manner of an election, Civicsbucks help critical race theory proponents and leftwing activists alter the minds of our young people.  Illinois is blazing a path to this nightmarish future. In 2015, the legislature there passed a bill to allow local school districts to “utilize private funding available for the purposes of offering civics education.”

Innocent enough, right?

Wrong. Like Zuckerbucks, when private money flows into public schools, pernicious partisan goals trump public needs. The change in Illinois law allowed for leftwing organizations like iCivics and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to spend over $1 million in private funding to design and implement a new woke agenda for Illinois public schools.

In 2021, with the aid and direction of the McCormick Foundation, Illinois went even more woke and passed new “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” that mandates that teachers acknowledge “the wide spectrum and fluidity of identities.” The Illinois State Board of Education now recommends as part of their reading list for teachers an article advocating white fragility training to help teachers “move past their whiteness.”

Allowing for private funding of civics education has given leftwing activists de facto control of the civics curriculum and teacher trainings statewide to infuse them with leftist orthodoxy on race and gender. Illinois civics materials are now steeped in critical race theory polemics such as White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo and Ibram Kendi’s textbook that asserts: “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

The radical historical revisionism of the New York Times’ 1619 Project also features prominently in Illinois civics materials, and Shawn Healy, who is a leading figure behind the Illinois civics law and Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at the leftwing group iCivics, says that parents who do not want their children to be indoctrinated with critical race theory should be refuted by teachers relying on “highly reputable sources” such as the 1619 Project. Healy maintains this position even though the 1619 Project has been roundly rejected as a “highly reputable source” by numerous prominent historians. In addition, Illinois civics materials exhibit a clear partisan bias. One lesson plan, for example, requires students to read former President Trump’s tweets and then answer the questions: “What characteristics would make someone a cyberbully?” and “[D]o you think he is perpetuating racist narratives?”

As AMAC Newsline has reported, the new civics that is being hailed today has little to do with the teaching of civics in the traditional sense. It’s “action civics.” And it’s a bait-and-switch game. When action civics is the name, leftism is the game. And it’s an action civics curriculum in public schools that leftwing billionaires and foundations like the McCormick Foundation want to fund. 

In the new civics curriculum, students are not taught how to be citizens. They’re taught how to be activists. And, like the name warns, they’re required to put their teachings into action.

Action civics projects have organized students—for school credit—to publicly push and protest to provide driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, raise the minimum wage,  and support unionization, among other leftist priorities.

Illinois was one of the first states to allow lefty organizations to infiltrate the teacher training operation and provide de facto management and direction to action civics as practiced in the state. But it’s unlikely to be the last. A broad leftwing controlled coalition led by iCivics recently pushed for similar legislation in Texas. 

In Arlington, Virginia, billionaire Jeff Bezos’ company Amazon recently donated hundreds of copies of a book by critical race theory proponent Ibram Kendi to an Arlington County high school as part of a Black History Month initiative.  Amazon also paid the book’s co-author $10,000 to indoctrinate faculty and students with divisive concepts that the book itself readily admits are “not history[.]” (The book literally starts with the words: “This is not a history book. I repeat, this is not a history book.”)

Considering how important schools are in shaping our culture, these examples of Civicsbucks represent a dramatic escalation and a fundamental change in tactics. Leftist activists now seek to use private funding to buy out public-school classrooms and impose their own radical notions on everything from marriage to religion, from abortion to the Second Amendment, and from free speech to critical race theory onto the very curriculum that is being taught to America’s children.

Schools are where we decide what kind of a people we become. In schools, an anti-American narrative put forward by teachers can be treated as gospel, to be worshipped and acted upon by students, but never questioned. This is what makes Civicsbucks so dangerous to the country and so appealing to the left.

It was precisely this danger that former Attorney General Bill Barr addressed in a recent speech in Naples, Florida. Barr noted that most of today’s public schools offer an “indoctrination into an affirmative belief and value system” so thoroughly that it “tak[es] the place of religion.” The former chief law enforcement officer of the United States said that “We are rapidly approaching the point—if we have not already reached the point—at which the heavy-handed enforcement of secular-progressive orthodoxy through government-run schools is totally incompatible with traditional Christianity and other major religious traditions in our country.”

Barr went on to acknowledge that a simple solution to the problem of the religion of secularism that so thoroughly pervades our public school system is to allow every parent the right to take their child’s share of public funding and use it to attend the school of their choice.

Ironically, if the leftwing “action civics” activists who are pushing to allow private financing of civics education were logically consistent, these same groups would support Barr’s call for universal school choice. After all, if private groups can decide what core civic values are best for public school students, then certainly their own parents can make such a choice.

If Civicsbucks continue to infiltrate America’s public schools, then there are only two outcomes for the future of education. Either big money leftwing donors will erode our children’s understanding of their own history, purpose, and very identity from within, or more conservatives will address this problem seriously, as a few including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem have already pledged, and treat Civicsbucks like Zuckerbucks.

Just as states are working to ban Zuckerbucks from manipulating elections, states across the country also need to take action to ban Civicsbucks. At the same time, we need to take seriously the urgency of providing universal school choice in K-12 education. The question before each school district now should be whether parents or billionaires — and their partisan leftwing foundations flush with billions in private funding — will oversee what our children are taught in school about their country.

With the already-growing backlash against critical race theory underway, the kindling of the school-choice-for -all movement is slowly catching fire. The threat of Civicsbucks could very well be the spark that leads to a grassroots revolt that has even more energy and intensity —and impact—than the Tea Party and anti-Common Core movements did in their time.

 

 

 

 

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Ron Howard
2 months ago

I know that it will never happen, but the best way to solve many of our political problems would be to remove money from politics. Financial contributions to political candidates and parties should be illegal. If the top candidate for President from each party received a set equal budget of tax payer money, and could not spend more, received equal time on TV and news ads, the office of President would no longer be for sale. And the same for Congress and Senate. Why not?

BAE
3 months ago

Rich corporate America can buy most of our politicians especially the democrats. They both forget the great American tax payer families. One of Dianne Feinstein’s houses just sold for $41 million in Lake Tahoe. Hmm ……. what can you say?

David P Nelson
3 months ago

I would like to understand why these ‘Groups’ want to destroy America. Very sad.

BAE
3 months ago
Reply to  David P Nelson

$$$

Gary Grover
3 months ago

Trying to buy our public schools? I would say that they succeeded decades ago. The problem with most Americans, is that they are generally behind the curve. When something is years down the road, and so evidently “in their faces”, then they tend to wake up. In the meantime they are busy with day-to-day life; working, raising a family, hanging with friends and family, watching sports, etc. Now, it’s going to be tough getting back the America we grew up in, without offensively fighting and being totally non-compliant with the System. We better start immediately, folks.

Randall
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary Grover

Exactly right! Exactly!

Miranda DeGroot
3 months ago

People who love this country need to know how to shop smarter. Walmart and Amazon are the biggest promoters of China products. Let be smart and buy American products to help our own economy. Cheaper products are not always the best for our local economy. Let’s get out of the Chinese trap.

bmp66
3 months ago

You’re right. If we remain on our current path, before long we won’t have any real choices; all of our goods will be cheap junk from overseas..

Steven West
3 months ago

Boycott their business’s.
I no longer shop @ Walmart.

Phonies
3 months ago

Trying with all their might to destroy America and keep themselves in power. They could care less about anyone than themselves!!!

bh1949
3 months ago
Reply to  Phonies

That’s the way corporate America has always been. Pay congress so no taxes!

gin
3 months ago

We’re fighting a war only God can and has in fact already won. He’s allowing Satan some time, and also time for people to choose the side they want to be on. There are plenty who will choose evil over good. And, only God is good. Many predictions have happened and are taking place. God will soon remove His church, (anyone trusting Christ Jesus as their savior is in the church) and the tribulation period will start. Satan will make the 1st 3.5 years look like he’s made things peaceful, but will then betray Israel. Things will be awful for the remainder of the 7 years. People will have to take the mark of the beast to be able to buy or sell. If they don’t take it they will starve or be martyred. Ask Christ to save you while there is still time. People are being deceived rapidly, by the university system, false news, etc. During the tribulation they will be so deceived they won’t be able to make the right choice. It will decide their eternity for them whether they will enjoy paradise or Portland forever.

Brownie
3 months ago
Reply to  gin

You are right on with your comment gin!! Please accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, for anyone reading this, for Today is the Day of Salvation!! Thanks be to God that He has given us a choice to make and please make the right choice !!

JohnH
3 months ago
Reply to  gin

Thanks for posting this

mark bleess
3 months ago

AMAC should send a copy of this article to every major newspaper such as the liberal Minneapolis Star/ Tribune etc. ask them to publish it in their opinion columns (unedited) and see whether or not they would publish it, my guess is they will not. Publishing here in AMAC news is great, but you are preaching to the choir. Articles like this one needs to go viral. Thanks for your efforts. Mark B.

Craig Sullivan
3 months ago
Reply to  mark bleess

Excellent point, Mark. As a reader of the Conservative Chronicle, I would suggest to AMAC that they get ahold of that publication to see if there’s any way of getting AMAC content into it. They’ve lost a number of content providers in the last couple of years (for example, they used to have about 1/4 of their pages with two editorials, now there are none, and they fill the space with editorial cartoons). Cartoons are fine, but I’d rather read editorials.

Gloria P. Sterling
3 months ago
Reply to  Craig Sullivan

I subscribe to “Epoch Times”, very good and truthful newspaper.

Craig Sullivan
2 months ago

As do I Gloria – and a number of their editorials make it into the CC. My suggestion was to help AMAC’s gain a wider audience if possible.

Don
3 months ago
Reply to  mark bleess

Copy and paste it and send to all your friends

Edward
3 months ago

Why don’t these billionaires put their money into these socialist programs that the left wants to pay for everything, ie. use their billions to pay for: obama care, college for everybody, guaranteed minimum income, etc. when their incomes and other wealth are reduced to my level then I will pay taxes!!!!!

Jamie Martin
3 months ago

Do you folks understand that right now we are being invaded with illegals? Do you understand how serious this threat is to our country? First things first, we have to join together and get our borders secure because this is the most important issue right now. We are being invaded and we will reap what we are sowing by letting them All in here.

Djames
3 months ago
Reply to  Jamie Martin

Jamie, You are so right ! The Border states need to take control of the influx. No help from the Feds
can be expected since these are all “Democrat” voters invading our country.

JohnH
3 months ago
Reply to  Jamie Martin

Border is important issue, but I put Cyberattacks as the #1 issue & I urge the White House admin. to throw 100% resources & warp speed to protect our country & companies. Ask yourself: what is more important the Filibuster or Cyberattacks to America’s future & the answer is ????????

Lily
3 months ago

Is their nothing ourCongress can do regarding the law to prevent these businessmen who have become wealthy and powerful in a country they want to trash!

Ron Howard
2 months ago
Reply to  Lily

Yes, if they would. We used to use the antitrust laws to break up big monopolies, but that seems to have been lost to the past.

LUKE KNIGHT
3 months ago

I agree with Dawn, we need contact with each other, we need less talk and LOTS OF ACTION. Instruction on what will work and what to do if confronted with CRT and/or it’s advocates.

Dawn
3 months ago

Ya know, I have to say, this is the preacher preaching to the choir. WE GOT IT….we are more than informed, over and over and over again. Why don’t articles get written telling us what we can DO, you know, ACTION steps. I’m tired of words words and more words. We need to be helped to take counter actions against values and principles that are like night and day to the values and principles we believe. Common guys, help your readership out here.

sweetsuzee
3 months ago
Reply to  Dawn

I’m sure you receive the info you seek daily. Open your pocketbook and dig deeply. The GOP is constantly needing money since the billionaires appear to be mostly liberals. If there is a conservative candidate in your community, back him/her to the hilt. Money talks !!

Lee S McQuillen
3 months ago
Reply to  sweetsuzee

Don’t give to the GOP!!! Give to those who are standing up for our country and values.

Ron Howard
2 months ago
Reply to  sweetsuzee

I disagree. I see little, if any information concerning how to take action, what to do to effect change, just a lot of talk recognizing problems, not what to do, how to take actions. And the GOP is doing little good with contributions. Better to donate to Judicial Watch, the Trump PAC, and other organizations that really do something.

Jerry
3 months ago

Didn’t these a**holes make their money off of CAPITALISM! What’s their problem?

Xtech
3 months ago
Reply to  Jerry

These people have so MUCH money that they have a false sense of their self-importance and know they can buy weak people with their money.

CPOBill
3 months ago

They have to be Terminated.

prinzIgor8
3 months ago

Leave it to IL to lead the way to stupidity. Look at the dismal state of the State. Hugely in debt and murder so common in Chicago that most people yawn and go on to the weather.

Felix
3 months ago

The democrats with the backing of MSM want to grow their power by taking away our First and Seconded Amendment rights so we cannot fight their agenda, and the people of this nation are supporting their agenda. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL YOU PEOPLE????????????

Dave
3 months ago
Reply to  Felix

I have a theory. The typical liberal is obsessed with the idea that they are a good person. (This is a clue to why they tend to reject Christianity.) If they lived in slave times, they would have been an abolitionist. If they lived in NAZI Germany, they would have rescued Jews. In both of these instances, they are a good guy and it’s the “others” that are bad guys. So their politics is all about making all those “other” guys do “the right thing”; if that requires law and force, well, then so be it. This is writ large in that union official’s statement that “we will use the force of persuasion, and if that doesn’t work, we will use the persuasion of force” (or something close to that). So the liberal believes all those laws and cancel culture and all that only applies to those bad old “other” guys and not them. Most liberals that have had their eyes opened and come to the right, did so when leftist policies personally affected them.

Wayne Peterkin
3 months ago

Why are we seeing such a massive effort to destroy our nation? Because that is exactly what we are witnessing. Is the lust for power and political dominance over people that strong? I ask because I can see no other reason for evil people to try and enslave every citizen under their thumb while destroying the personal liberty this nation was founded upon. Our founders tried to build a government that insured personal liberty as the primary goal, and every “progressive” led by the Democrats is working overtime to undermine and eliminate our freedom.

JohnH
3 months ago

Critical Race Theory causes people to hate others. That is one of the big items on Socilism/Communist agendas —to divide a country. Wake up people & this is more important than ever for the Red/Blue voters to get their head out of the sand before you help destroy country.

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