A New York City schoolbook intended for fifth-graders called, “What You Don’t Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood,” is reportedly being used to denigrate religion, mock Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and idolize Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)
The book touting Ocasio-Cortez and the “Squad” is being distributed to public school libraries according to the New York Post. It was written and illustrated by Brooklynite Anastasia Higginbotham. It appears on a reading list entitled “Universal Mosaic” which is part of the Department of Education’s Mosaic curriculum slated to be implemented next year.
The Mosaic curriculum focuses on diversifying educational materials to “better reflect” the demographics of the nation’s largest school system, according to the New York Post.
The campaign will provide “an unprecedented infusion of books into every classroom for next school year that reflect the variety of histories, languages, and experiences that make up the city,” the Department of Education proclaimed in a statement last year.
— CriticalClassrooms (@lapham_katie) March 26, 2021
Woke children's book author Anastasia Higginbotham. "Children are my audience, and aligning with them can mean putting myself between the child and their own grown-ups." This is why we call it grooming. pic.twitter.com/bmFbo7dXjr
— I F*cking HATE Science™️ (@moderateohioan) April 14, 2022
The picture book has a black child named Demetrius as its focal point who discusses fitting in at school and church. It also talks about a friend “who’s queer like me.”
“Churches can preach all they want about love — the only thing that I feel when I’m here is shame,” the child states while in a church, and it gets worse from there.
The child’s so-called spirit meets Jesus, who appears to be a Democrat. Christ tells the child that “everyone is invited to love and be loved.” The boy points to a man that strangely looks like Mitch McConnell and says, “Even — ?” Jesus then replies, “Yes.”
In fact, during a reading of the book on YouTube, Higginbotham admits the man is McConnell and the church is Catholic.
“That’s Mitch McConnell. And the child wants to know if even Mitch McConnell is invited to love and be loved considering all the harm he is causing,” she states.
(Video Credit: Green Bean Books)
“We will rewrite the rules we live by and love the world into balance,” an illustration says showing the boy watching television with his parents. Shown on the TV and named in the book are Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
One mother from Staten Island commented that she thought the book was anti-Catholic and that it “has no place in the classroom.”
“It’s a horrible book,” she charged.
Some principals are refusing to distribute the book because of its mix of biased statements on religion and politics especially considering the impressionable age group that is being targeted.
This is not the only controversial book this author has written. Another one called “Not My Idea” is about a child who “connects to the opportunity and their responsibility to dismantle white supremacy.”
The ideologies of CRT are working their way into the school libraries of your local school district.
How? We spell it out in this review of "Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness" by Anastasia Higginbotham.
— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) October 13, 2021
You have to hate innocent Children to promote this book . .
Anastasia Higginbotham's book for Kindergarteners +
"Not My Idea"
A book about whiteness
“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
— Lawyerforlaws (@lawyer4laws) July 7, 2021
Teachers in district 65 in Illinois were instructed to read "Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness" by Anastasia Higginbotham to their Pre-K through fifth-grade students. The book includes a depiction of a white man with a devil’s tail holding a "Contract Binding You to Whiteness." https://t.co/BkXyN5pjsX
— Henrik Palmgren 🇸🇪 🐗 (@Henrik_Palmgren) July 2, 2021
Other books that have parents incensed include “The Bell Rang” for kindergartners which discusses slavery and “I’m Not a Girl” which deals with being transgender and is on a first-grade reading list.
Another book is titled “Our Skin” and is aimed at children 2 to 5-years-old. It reportedly blames racism on white people.
“While perhaps well-intentioned, bringing political and ideological materials into the classroom can undermine trust between families and schools. Being inclusive starts with listening to diverse perspectives, and accepting the culture, values, and deeply held beliefs of all families who are part of the school community,” remarked Bion Bartning, who founded the Manhattan-based Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism.
Councilman Joseph Borelli, who currently represents Staten Island, called the contentious books a “poor parting gift from the prior administration.”
“Thankfully, most of my principals have used them as paperweights. There isn’t any value in trying to offend parents and confuse students,” he bluntly asserted.
The Department of Education compiled the list of the titles included in the Mosaic curriculum at the direction of former Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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