Joe Biden announced Monday he has nominated San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten to the post of deputy secretary in the Department of Education.
And while President Trump understood how destructive the left’s critical race theory is, a campaign designed to bring about reparations, charging that all white people are inherently racist, Biden is at the mercy of the hard left.
Christopher Rufo, a filmmaker and the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty, who also writes for the urban policy magazine City Journal, called Marten “one of the most radical superintendents in the country.”
In a series of tweets, Rufo shared details from “explosive whistleblower documents” on an SDUSD training session focused on “white privilege,” and a program featuring a speaker who believes American schools are guilty of the “spirit- murdering of Black children” and that white educators must undergo “antiracist therapy.”
BREAKING: Joe Biden announces San Diego school superintendent Cindy Marten as his Deputy Secretary of Education.
Marten promoted the concept that schools “spirit-murder” black children and that white teachers should undergo “antiracist therapy.”
Read more👇 https://t.co/WKrk7A6zVF
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) January 18, 2021
Rufo noted that Marten appeared to endorse the radical views of Bettina Love, an education professor at the University of Georgia.
“According to whistleblower documents, Martens personally introduced the speaker, Bettina Love, and praised her presentation about ‘spirit murder,’ ‘antiracist therapy,’ and ‘abolitionist teaching,'” he tweeted.
Read the full story about San Diego’s “radicals in the classroom” here. https://t.co/DmBM0vH3SG
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) January 18, 2021
The whistleblower documents show that Love said “racism runs deep” in America and that blacks alone “know who America really is,” Rufo tweeted, She also claimed public schools “don’t see [blacks] as human.”
In an article shared on his website titled, “Radicals in the classroom,” Rufo said the concept of “spirit murder” is at the heart of Love’s teachings.
“In a recent article in Education Week, Love writes that public schools are guilty of ‘the spirit murdering of Black and Brown children,’ which she defines as ‘a death that is built on racism and intended to reduce, humiliate, and destroy people of color,’ he wrote. “During the presentation in San Diego, Love added that supporting Black Lives Matter is a ‘cheap symbolic’ gesture that will not stop the spirit murder of minority children in schools.”
As for Marten, she’s amped up to take her radical views national.
“I have already spoken with Secretary-designate Miguel Cardona, and I have never been more optimistic about the future of the American education system,” she said, according to Fox 5 San Diego. “I have also spoken with the San Diego Unified Board of Education to ensure a seamless transition. Everyone remains focused on providing our students with a full recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.”
She echoed that enthusiasm “to restore our education system,” on Twitter.
“I am honored to serve alongside @teachcardona to restore our education system – putting teachers, students, and parents first. Work Hard. Be Kind. Dream Big. Let’s do this!” Marten tweeted.
I am honored to serve alongside @teachcardona to restore our education system – putting teachers, students, and parents first. Work Hard. Be Kind. Dream Big. Let’s do this!
— Cindy Marten (@BeKindDreamBig) January 18, 2021
Citing standardized test scores, Rofo said in an article that only 37% of San Diego’s fourth-graders are proficient in reading, and only 42% are proficient in math.
“Black and Latino students perform substantially worse,” he added.
Ironically, Marten was not radical enough for the San Diego Branch of the NAACP, as a statement from the group called her appointment “troubling,” Fox 5 reported.
“Educators at all levels must have a track record of dismantling the harmful practices of Anti-Black Racism that occur in schools,” the statement said. “Cindy Marten has a historical pattern of allowing the excessive suspension and expulsion of Black students in San Diego. President-Elect Biden, with all of the qualified educators we have in our nation, this is not a good choice for healing Black students, families, and educators, nor is it a step in the right direction for repairing harm in our schools.”
The reaction to Marten’s tweet, many seemingly from parents of kids in her district, is not promising.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
as a student of sdusd, i can say you made the correct & very smart decision to move your child. we are all suffering here from completely out of touch leadership.
— Andrew Jeter (@andrewcjeter) January 18, 2021
You have Never stood up for kids or parents. Not sure you stood up for teachers either, at least not for the special education teachers. I hope you do less damage to our kids at the State level than you caused at the local level. My kids suffered under your time at SDUSD.
— Stacy Ruddick (@StacyRuddick) January 18, 2021
Interesting that you listed teachers before students in your statement. Says a lot, not that I didn’t already know you don’t give a crap about the kids
— Kris (@msbziddy) January 18, 2021
As a parent to a SDUSD student I’m very disappointed w/ how you’ve handled the education of our youth. My reaction to this news was that you prioritized getting a promotion over reopening schools and giving children a quality education. This is sickening.
— Cecilia Clark (@Cecekovey) January 18, 2021
People especially parents seem to be very upset about this appointment.
— Dr. Absolutely Fabulous Unicorn 🦄🌈🧚♀️ (@absofabucorn) January 18, 2021
Worth mentioning that few middle class families in San Diego place their children in public schools. Cindy Martens presided over a failure, and was promoted.
— Katya Sedgwick (@KatyaSedgwick) January 18, 2021
WTF. I thought Biden was suppose to be moderate on this stuff, instead he’s going full woke.
— Richard Shepherd (@Richard76488142) January 19, 2021
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