There is a lot of money to be made denouncing capitalism.
Just ask the Pacific Educational Group, a for-profit consulting company that gets paid to attack the free market, divide Americans across racial lines, and convince teachers to spread the message of victimization to students in low income and minority communities.
There’s no question that the Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based education consulting company, is a successful for-profit enterprise.
…The company sells the notion that the American education system is unfairly based on traditional white cultural norms (white privilege in schools) to the benefit of white students and the detriment of minorities. The product it sells to schools involves training for teachers and other staff members, so they can better understand and relate to the needs of minority students.
EAGnews.org recently surveyed a small sampling of school districts that contracted with PEG during the 2014-15 school year, to determine how much they paid for the consulting services. Eighteen school districts reported paying PEG a combined $1.56 million in that one year. Seven of those districts paid the company six figures:
Lawrence, Kansas – $125,575
Osseo, Minnesota – $208,800
Bellevue, Washington – $153,600
Pittsburgh – $123,324
Baltimore County, Maryland – $138,930
Corvallis, Oregon – $105,055
St. Paul, Minnesota – $369,828
How radical are the lectures?
One keynote speaker at the PEG’s Summit for Courageous Conversations back in 2009 was Antonia Darder, a professor who has worked at several American universities. She once gave a speech entitled “The Neoliberal Restructuring of Cities, Education Policy, and Possibilities for Social Transformation Through a Marxist Lens.”
…A speaker at the 2013 PEG Summit was Sonia Nieto, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who seems to share Ladson-Billings’ point of view. “Despite their invisibility, questions about equity and social justice are at the core of education,” Nieto wrote in one of her books. “As such, education is always a political undertaking.”
Another speaker at the 2013 conference was educator and author Lisa Delpit. According to an article published by The Nation, Delpit is known for “introducing math concepts through problems with cultural resonance for disadvantaged kids, such as calculating the probability that the police will stop-and-frisk a black male, as compared to a white male.”
The Pacific Educational Group is openly advocating for the progressive indoctrination of children in the classroom, and our school systems are paying them thousands of dollars to teach them how.
School districts should be spending money on better books and talented teaching staff, not classes on how to convince children they’ve fallen behind their classmates before they even started. These are the formative years during which we should be teaching children of all races, ages, and creeds that they can be anything they want to be.
We should be helping them to dream and achieve- not injecting anger and resentment into their developing concepts of the world.
Pay close attention parents. Your children need you as an advocate in their schools now more than ever.