The Learning Community’s Divisive Propaganda


Charter schools are still public schools, correct?  They’re still supposed to inculcate values that are truly shared among all of those who have no choice but to fund them, right?

I ask in reaction to an outrageous and divisive op-ed that three leaders of The Learning Community in Central Falls published in yesterday’s Providence Journal, apparently in their official capacity.  These educators are stoking dangerous fear and distrust among their very young students — implicitly accusing the Rhode Islanders who pay their high salaries of exhibiting “emboldened white supremacist, sexist and xenophobic attitudes and actions, escalating locally and nationally.”  They assert that Vice President–elect Mike Pence is “anti-gay.”

I emailed the codirectors, Sarah Friedman and Meg O’Leary for elaboration on that point, but they have not responded.  Had they done so, I would have asked whether their students participate in Governor Gina Raimondo’s sexist girls-only contest.

Their op-ed appeals to fellow educators, “if there is no neutral stance on bullying, there is no neutral stance on bigotry.”  Well, isn’t excluding boys discriminatory?  Isn’t it bigotry to dismiss Mike Pence as “anti-gay” because he understands our rights of free expression and free association to include the right to determine what events one will service occupationally?  Isn’t it bigotry to tell people that they “must reject their whiteness”?  “No neutral stance on bigotry” is nothing but an excuse for them to indulge in what they know is inappropriate behavior.

If the leaders of a public charter school took to the pages of the state’s major daily to slander their fellow Rhode Islanders and make clear that they were propagandizing students with Republican messaging, there would most certainly be consequences.  What consequences will there be for the heads of The Learning Community and the division that they’re using taxpayer funds to sow?  None, because their indoctrination serves the progressive ideology and Rhode Island’s insider system, even as it harms their students by failing to prepare them to live in a pluralistic society that respects the rights of others.

  • Mike678

    Fear-mongering–it’s all they have. They must really hate the fact that the majority of American’s in a recent survey feel that Trump and the people he has chosen will do a good job.

  • Russ

    “You are in a safe, loving community at school every day. We respect all points of view but we won’t tolerate bullying or bigotry of any kind. We must respect each other’s differences. In schools where most children don’t feel imminent fear, it’s equally important to discuss why others might be fearful — why empathy for all fellow humans makes our own lives better.”

    Gasp, call the outrage police!

    • Mike678

      Really Russ? You really must learn to read…and think.

      • Rhett Hardwick

        I always thought an important lesson in grade school is how to deal with “Bullies”. Gang up, and punch’m out.

        • Mike678

          Perhaps this is the difference in urban and rural cultures. Or sheep and sheep dogs….

          • Rhett Hardwick

            Sheep can hear a zipper a mile away.

          • Mike678

            Thanks. I will put it on my list.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            It is a novel drawn on the author’s experiences at the Citadel. The first chapter discusses honor, the remainder is so-so. There is also a movie. It wasn’t released, it escaped.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    Sounds like more of the Trump Derangement Syndrome to me. I was heartened by a observation of one of my friends. Democrats live in the cities, Trump supporters tend to be rural. That means they have the food and the guns.

    Seriously, the writers seem like most Liberals who don’t understand (or perhaps they do) that “political correctness” is another way of saying “shut up” if you don’t agree.

    “xenophobic attitudes” Does anyone know if Xenophobic derives from Xenophon (who had reason to be Xenophobic) or do they both derive from the same Greek root?

    • Mario

      Same root, both refer to “strange,” in his case it’s probably “strange voice” or “strange-sounding,” but I don’t know of any explanation for the name. If it was a really sticky nickname, like they think Plato was, it might mean something like “foreign-sounding” or “foreign language-speaker.” If it’s his given name, he must have been an odd infant.

      • Rhett Hardwick

        If memory serves, Xenophon was a nom d’plume. He led 10,000 deceived Greek mercenaries out of Persia. His real name must have been known. Perhaps it was a nom d’guerre