Education is a rather important leg of the American way of life. Currently, the education system is not to par with where many believe it should be, and while that is a problem in and of itself. A deeper problem in the solutions of such are coming to light. One of those solutions, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), has been around for the better part of the 21st century, and as the origins and scope of such are explored, the damage is coming to life.
Practices such as behavioral psychology and spiritualism are at work throughout the SEL program, they’re being used to transform the child’s core values, attitudes, beliefs, and behavior. While on the surface, that can appear to be a good thing. However, beliefs like groupthink and Marxism are rampant throughout the SEL program. Not to mention, SEL works against parental credibility and manipulates children based on leftist policies.
“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions,” explains the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), one of the leading outfits promoting SEL.
“With a growing number of partners, CASEL is creating a more comprehensive approach to education, one that will lead to a more equitable, just, and productive society,” the organization’s website boasts under the headline “SEL as a Lever for Equity,” hitting multiple key buzzwords associated with the far-left “social justice” movement.
What’s the problem with that? The purpose of the SEL is to reform society, one child at a time.
“SEL competencies can be leveraged to develop justice-oriented, global citizens, and nurture inclusive school and district communities,” it states, adding that the programs will involve getting children to “assess power dynamics” and confront “issues of race and class across different settings.”
Further, an article posted to EdTech Magazine, by Adam Stone, regarding SEL and how “SEL-oriented teaching materials [come] from the Zinn Education Project.”
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Howard Zinn is the far-left pseudo-historian whose false and historian Mary Grabar most recently debunked politically-motivated narratives in the book “Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America.” Also, Zinn described himself as “something of a Marxist,” his biographer recounted.
Stone also urges educators to use surveillance tools that give “insight into students’ online behaviors—both inside and outside the virtual classroom—to enhance SEL.”
One of the recommended total surveillance tools offers educators “a holistic view of online activity across search engines, social media, email and web apps,” Stone said, adding that an artificial-intelligence engine would perform “real-time assessments” to “flag online behaviors that indicate emotional distress.”
And, as the U.S. Department of Education documents make clear, it will also be used to predict “future behavior and interests” of the children.
So, what happens when teachers disagree with the program? The Epoch Times asked Jennifer McWilliams of Indiana, who was fired for posting online about SEL and it’s true motives.
“The thing I find to be the most disturbing about social, emotional learning is how well it disguises its true sinister motives,” she told The Epoch Times. “Parents do not understand that SEL psychologically manipulates children to question (and eventually rebuke) any Christian or conservative beliefs that may be taught in the home.”
While parents are led to believe that SEL is like teaching children The Golden Rule, “it is quite the opposite,” McWilliams said.
“Social emotional learning is rooted in progressive, social justice ideology that divides anyone who questions the radical groupthink agenda,” she said. “From my personal experience, not only do parents not understand it, but teachers and administrators don’t either.”
SEL also represents the “brainwashing of our children,” McWilliams continued, noting that it trains children to “compromise on everything” with no consideration of what is taught in the home.
“These programs rely on a bombardment of propaganda, conditioning, and role-playing to separate children from God and the nuclear family,” she went on, saying SEL was the vehicle used to get children to accept as truth the narratives behind Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Black Lives Matter (BLM).
The popular SEL program used in McWilliams’ school, Leader in Me, was designed to “shift the culture of the school to influence children’s morals and values based on progressive social justice standards,” she explained, adding that it became ubiquitous on campus.
When she began publicly speaking out about it on social media, she was fired for supposedly making the school look bad. “Parents must speak up and take back control of the influence in their children’s lives, if not, the kids will pay with their freedom,” concluded McWilliams.
Even more troubling is the reality of where all of this comes from; according to the history of SEL, by CASEL, the primary promoter of SEL, “Social and Emotional,” originated in a meeting at the Fetzer Institute. The Fetzer Institute is a shadowy new-age institute created by the wealthy new age guru, John Fetzer.
Further, one of the founders of the SEL movement, David Sluyter, served as president and CEO of the Fetzer organization.
“Our mission is to help build the spiritual foundation for a loving world,” the group says on its website, adding that it is working toward a “transformative sacred story for humanity in the 21st century.”
According to Brian Wilson’s book “John E. Fetzer and the Quest for the New Age,” Fetzer was, among other things, a public and sincere devotee of Alice Bailey, the controversial occultist who founded the Lucifer Publishing Company (now known as the Lucis Trust).
However, Fetzer is not the only spiritualist to try and educate the world; instead, many other names in education are associated with the teachings of Bailey. One of which served as the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Robert Mueller. Also, Muller was the author of the United Nations World Core Curriculum and based his teachings on Bailey and one of her “ascended masters.”
The values being taught to children under Fetzer-inspired SEL programs feature remarkable similarities to those taught by John Dewey, a man almost universally known among educators as the founding father of America’s “progressive” education system.
Dewey, who was inspired by the Soviet educational system, was a co-author and signer of the Humanist Manifesto, a religious document rejecting God and prescribing collectivism as the cure for society’s ills.
Also, Bailey, citing her ‘ascended masters’ recognized the importance of Dewey’s educational system; “Our problem is to attain the kind of overall synthesis that Marxism and neo-Scholasticism provide for their followers but to get this by the freely chosen cooperative methods that Dewey advocated,” Bailey wrote in her book “Education in the New Age.”
There is so much more to be discovered about the SEL teaching program, and while they are now also offering adult classes, it is essential to know who is educating our children. Our children, the next generation, deserve the right of Freedom and deserve a Republic that stands the test of time. While there are seemingly many who wish to change that course for their gain, it is crucial to understand the programs being taught to our kids.