Franklin pushing SEL, which is code for CRT

Across America educrats are denying Critical Race Theory (CRT) is being taught in their schools. They’re lying through their teeth, of course.

Every Monday our family receives a newsletter from my daughter’s school, Forest Park Middle School in Franklin (WI). Included in today’s edition:

SEL Curriculum

We want your child to be successful in school, and that means supporting and encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, students also need skills to take on learning challenges, make good decisions, handle strong emotions, and get along with others. We will be using Second Step® Middle School, a research-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve students’ social-emotional skills, such as emotion management, impulse control, problem solving, and empathy. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help students both in and out of school. These include: Mindsets and Goals: Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives. Recognizing Bullying and Harassment: Students learn how to recognize bullying and harassment, stand up safely to bullying, and respond appropriately to harassment. Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn how to recognize strong emotions and unhelpful thoughts, and apply strategies to manage their emotions and reduce stress. Managing Relationships and Social Conflict: Students learn strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships, perspective-taking, and dealing with conflict. Beginning in September, students will begin work in Unit 1: Mindsets and Goals.

Earlier this year, Jane Robbins, an attorney and a retired senior fellow with the American Principles Project in Washington DC. and a graduate of Clemson University and the Harvard Law School warned about SEL. Making references to SEL proponent, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Robbins wrote supporters see SEL as “the opportunity to turn impressionable students into leftist activists.”

More from Robbins:

In a June 2020 webinar entitled “SEL as a Lever for Equity and Social Justice,” CASEL’s (Karen) Niemi and two earnest colleagues proclaimed that SEL should be used to elevate favored students, based primarily on race, over disfavored students. “A color-blind . . . approach,” intoned one presenter, “ignores the humanity of the people you’re interacting with.” He continued: Doing so makes us “reproductive of the inequities that we are experiencing [yes, these people really talk this way] in our schools, in our communities, in our healthcare systems, etc., etc.”

Having realized it’s hard to teach kids actual academic content, and perhaps eager for something that allows them to proclaim success without accountability, educrats in every state have for some years been substituting SEL for the hard work of educating students.

CASEL and its compatriots have apparently decided that SEL is now sufficiently entrenched in schools that they can pull back the curtain on the real purpose. They’re gambling that parents either won’t realize what’s happening or will feel too intimidated to object.

Highly acclaimed blogger Jim Stroud, who also refers to the Robbins article, says when it comes to language, schools are playing a CRT shell game:

On the off chance that CRT is not successfully rebranded as SEL and they have to call it something else, I suggest that parents be on the lookout for the following terms. Why? More often than not, they lead back to CRT or that type of thinking. (Of course, not in every instance. So, judge carefully when reviewing the school curriculum and your children’s homework assignments.)

social justice

justice oriented



diversity and inclusion


systemic racism

lived experience

lived reality

cultural competence


white privilege

white supremacy

white fragility

implicit bias

land acknowledgement






hate speech

outcome-based education

cultural proficiency


direct action

global citizenship

And finally, back to Robbins:

Now that the truth is out, local school officials should cleanse their schools of this indoctrination. Teachers should return to doing what good teachers have always done: imparting academic knowledge while encouraging students to do their best and behave with integrity.

Socio-emotional learning curricula, pushed by agitators who care more about politics than students, must go. If that doesn’t happen, parents should get their children out of these schools before the damage is done.

Amen. CRT, SEL, or whatever the hell you want to call it has no place in our schools.

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