Reader's View: ‘Who could know?’

The Feb. 23 story, “Ethnic studies, climate change could be required instruction in Minnesota schools under DFL bills,” failed to warn about the Pandora’s box Minnesota DFL legislation could open.

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Our constitutional republic embraces democratic values — but not at the expense of our freedoms, inviolable human rights, and civil liberties that the republic was created to preserve. Yet, acting like history started in 2016, radical progressives’ pursuits of pure democracy’s despotic proclivities lap like waves against our shores and erode America’s heritage.

The Feb. 23 story, “ Ethnic studies, climate change could be required instruction in Minnesota schools under DFL bills ,” failed to warn about the Pandora’s box Minnesota DFL legislation could open. The apparent intent to integrate woke ethnic studies in Minnesota’s K-12 schools risks programming like California’s, which has manifested many incidents. Investigative journalist and conservative activist Christopher Rufo created a database to track and document the impacts.

There’s little comparison between the 2021 rewrite of Minnesota K-12 social studies academic standards and the 2011 version. The word “could” featured prominently in the Feb. 23 story didn’t seem to be about choice. Generically speaking, any academic standard “could” be viewed as a conceptual framework of placeholders, which “could” be filled by any perfidious conglomeration of discretionary lessons, and that “could” falsely paint America as the sole source of humanity’s evils. Who could know? The current democratic regime seems to be feverishly working to limit choices to only those acceptable to ideological tyrants brandishing government powers.

The May 1 Townhall article, “The Three Slogans of Liberalism,” presented an analysis of institutionalized programming that’s taken business organizations and government institutions by storm. The article purposely cited the acronym, DIE, for diversity, inclusivity, and equity; in practice, diversity means conformity, inclusion means exclusion, and equity means tyranny. It’s an open-ended framework for embedding customized conglomerations of perfidious pursuits, aimed at America’s youth, with the apparent attempt to cultivate woke-automatons rather than teach unbiased history and independent thinking.

Warner Gouin


Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

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