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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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Joyce Gibson
Joyce Gibson
2 years ago

We have to stop this immediately. Our children are very impressionable and will believe what they are taught. They need to be taught the REAL HISTORY that has taken place in this country instead of some racial programs that condemn the white children and teachers for being white. This governent has got to realize that GOD made us in his image to be white or black, not the world. Therefore, this kind of indoctrination of our teachers and children must be stopped immediately.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Big Tech covers since it can censor ideas & news & they Win??
Hey give em our Public schools, Chap 7 Public schools for other uses

Donna Schmitgen
Donna Schmitgen
2 years ago

How can thus be shared?

Keith S. Clark
Keith S. Clark
2 years ago

Just more Democrat / Communist Propaganda.

Charlotte A Mahin
Charlotte A Mahin
2 years ago

I never thought I would see the kind of corruption in DC that we have been witnessing ever since O’Bama and Biden were in the “lead”. In my opinion, the DC Communists and our largest corporations are all pawns of the Chinese government and the only things they care about are power and money. They are on a path leading us right into Communism. If we cannot get a fair election in 2022, we Conservatives will never be able to lead again.

RJ from Arizona
RJ from Arizona
2 years ago

We, the People, allowed this to happen. We asked for it, we got it! I never thought I would see the day the people turned against our Constitution and went Socialist. Those who voted for biden should not complain.

Linda
Linda
2 years ago

All I can say is if you are a two parent household and both of you work outside the home, if you can, find a way to home school your child/children.
Fight for your parental rights!

Art
Art
2 years ago

MONEY TALKS. THROWING MONEY AT SOMETHING IN AN ORGANIZED MANNER WORKS
WHEN YOU HAVE THE MONEY, YOU CAN TURN ON THE LIGHTS. THESE PEOPLE HAVE A POWER THAT YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE. QUIVER,SHAKE,OR CRY. NO WAY! TAKE SOME ACTION!!!

Brenda Blunt
Brenda Blunt
2 years ago

Need more governors need to take a stand against big money!!! People better open their eyes and ears!! Soon, may all of it backfire on big money and them losing it all!!

Andrew Blake
Andrew Blake
2 years ago

Can America long survive secularism, feminism, homosexuality and transgenderism? The Chinese must be smiling.

Cid
Cid
2 years ago

They can have the schools. Defund public schools and send your kids to charter school.

PFArizona
PFArizona
2 years ago

Wow.Not only do we have to worry about CRT now there’s Civicsbucks! Why are we letting these left wing Billionaires corrupt our school curriculums? Get off Twitter, Facebook, Google, and stop buying from Amazon (try Walmart). Indoctrination of children is a Hitler tactic. I’m happy to see so many parents across our nation standing up to these school boards. Socialist or dare I say Marxist School Boards! Really? Pay attention parents and stop electing socialists to our school boards. I think AMAC needs an “AMAC Junior” arm to reach the generation of parents with school age children.

jocko
jocko
2 years ago

ONLY ONE SURE WAY TO STOP THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, LYING, CHEATING,libs AND IT’S NOT THE ELECTIONS………

jocko
jocko
2 years ago

THANK THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, LYING, CHEATING,libs FOR THE 90 CENT RAISE IN GAS PRICES AND THE 40 CENTS INCREASE IN GROCERIES. libs ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION

J. Farley
J. Farley
2 years ago

The Suck -a -burgers, Tom Steyer , Michael Bloomberg, Mark Cuban and the fat puffy eyed one George Soros want all the money and the power, to get all the money they need a stupid class of people, most of us older one’s know what freedom is and many have fight, and many have died for those freedoms and we owe them a resounding thank you and we will not buy the left’s BS, so they will take over our schools and raise their own idiots, who will fall to their knees and give thanks for the few crumbs that the powerful will give them, which will become less and less as the powerful hoard their ill got gains. If you are conservative and have wealth it will soon begone as you won’t have the power to protect it. My wife and I made a good living and worked hard for 40 years. I had too retire because of a disability, my wife worked another 7 years and with the election of Obama and Biden we lost $ 200,000 dollars, because of the two slime balls poor economics.

George Washington's Admirer
George Washington's Admirer
2 years ago

“In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States. It is NOT: “In Marx We Trust.” This did not happen overnight. Now, the Communists/Marxists have come out in the open. Openly declaring that they are ‘educated trained’ Marxists. They had to maintain some subtlety in the past. Now, after ‘brainwashing’ a great number of the population; they feel comfortable coming out of the woodwork. Its a ‘mass takeover’; pure and simple. Taking over our educational system; by brainwashing our youth is a primary goal. It assures that their candidates get voted in. They are expending loads upon loads of: millions upon millions on propaganda. The media is right in line; with this agenda. If anyone thinks that this is about equity, equality, or the uplifting of humanity; think and reason again. Marxist philosophy is a disease worse than any pandemic.

Teri
Teri
2 years ago

The problem is laziness. Let the other guy get up and fight. One “staunch conservative” told me point blank that it isn’t bad enough, and when it hits her personally, she’ll do something. Wonder if she’s doing anything about the gas prices. Oops!

Todd Wagner
Todd Wagner
2 years ago

All of DC is corrupted, words have fallen on deaf ears. And when words stop working? We still have what is left of our CONSTITUTION and we need to push back, get involved, call and write all involved in Government Local State and Federal do not stop and do not give in.

Nancy Hennis
Nancy Hennis
2 years ago

This is a very informative article. I learned a lot from it.

Carol
Carol
2 years ago

It’s nice to see this propaganda being discussed! The left has been indoctrinating our kids in public schools for over 50 years! It started slowly and then went into hyperdrive! Now the left doesn’t hide their agenda since so many indoctrinated students are now voting adults! Nice to see the pushback and praying it isn’t too late!

Steven Meisels
Steven Meisels
2 years ago

Interesting and disheartening. We need to the heels of our boots deep into the ground and fight back.

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

Zuckerberg, the alien look alike, came from outer space to slowly take over the earth and enslave everyone. You wonder why so many UFO’s encounters are now being reported.

Wanda
Wanda
2 years ago

Face Book Twitter, and Google are ALL monopolies….especially FB and Twitter….I thought that monopolies were illegal in America. They need to be dismantled by the government and their technology shared for competition like the government did to Bell Telephone in the 70’s. If there was another FB that operated as smoothly and had no brown shirts censoring you or putting you in FB jail because they do not like your opinions, FB would go bankrupt because millions hate it but it is the only social media where you can keep up with things. Right now, I am in FB jail…which is nothing but censoring my opinions which goes against my constitutional rights under the First Amendment.

JohnH
JohnH
2 years ago

Is this article saying that every state that has Critical Race Theory classes in their schools, has been funded by big bucks from the left? I wondered why this is present in so many states & figured that only one that powerful to push agenda was the Federal Government. Control of our education of our youth is gigantic & important to well-being of this country. Does this mean the private big dollar donors are controlling education.

David E Gignac
David E Gignac
2 years ago

Why is it that when someone makes a lot of money they feel entitled to run everyone’s life

JohnH
JohnH
2 years 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.

Wayne Peterkin
Wayne Peterkin
2 years 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.

Felix
Felix
2 years 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????????????

prinzIgor8
prinzIgor8
2 years 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.

CPOBill
CPOBill
2 years ago

They have to be Terminated.

Jerry
Jerry
2 years ago

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

Dawn
Dawn
2 years 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.

LUKE KNIGHT
LUKE KNIGHT
2 years 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.

Lily
Lily
2 years 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!

Jamie Martin
Jamie Martin
2 years 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.

Edward
Edward
2 years 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!!!!!

mark bleess
mark bleess
2 years 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.

gin
gin
2 years 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.

Phonies
Phonies
2 years ago

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

Steven West
Steven West
2 years ago

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

Miranda DeGroot
Miranda DeGroot
2 years 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.

Gary Grover
Gary Grover
2 years 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.

David P Nelson
David P Nelson
2 years ago

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

BAE
BAE
2 years 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?

Ron Howard
Ron Howard
2 years 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?

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