Palm Beach County teachers who were offended by an “In God We Trust” sign displayed in front offices prompted the school district to come up with a new way to comply with a recently approved state law.
The School Board agreed to use the state seal, which also says “In God We Trust,” in place of Palm Beach County’s homemade design, which posted the words in bold capital letters. The seal is more subtle and can’t be criticized, board members said.
“Who can be offended by the state seal?” asked board member Karen Brill, who came up with the idea. “It’s one of those stories where employees see something that rubs them the wrong way.”
In March, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law that says schools must post the motto in a “conspicuous place.” The measure, passed by the state Legislature, was sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, who runs a Christian ministry.
The law requires “each district school board” to display the motto inside “all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board.”
“In God We Trust” has been the state’s motto since 2006, although it’s been on the state seal since 1868 and on the state flag since 1900, according to the Florida Department of State.
Palm Beach County schools’ Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald said schools have been given flexibility on where and how to post the motto. It’s typically been placed at the counter of the front office or near the front desk, he said.
Brill said she heard from several teachers who took umbrage at the district’s prominent placement of the motto. She said they felt it violated church-state separation, but didn’t realize it was now a state requirement.
“A few of them were very offended,” she said.
Several Florida school districts are making use of the state emblem to comply, including Lake, Osceola, Seminole and Orange counties.
Palm Beach County School Board member Erica Whitfield said the district should develop a consistent display method.
“We should work toward having it look nice,” she said. “We’ll make it look more professional.”
Meanwhile, teachers in Portland Public Schools are being given an indoctrination guide called “Planning to Change The World – A Plan Book For Social Justice Teachers.”
At $18.00 a piece, with 3500 teachers, they stand to make a cool $63,000 for this indoctrination propaganda.
This Cultural Marxist brainwashing book, published by Rethinking Schools, includes all of the madness that you would expect from left wing nuts, and far, far more.
They praise homosexual murdering Communist Che Guevara, feature the Communist & racist, black nationalist Black Panther founders, promote Islam, and encourage students to embrace Communism.
There’s even an entire section to help teachers indoctrinate students to stop using “offensive and oppressive” terms such as “boy and girl”, so they will embrace all 73 imaginary and non-existent genders the left have created.
These are designed to indoctrinate kids from Kindergarten on up.
The planners feature anniversaries and special dates that can serve as instructional guides for the classroom. Here are some selections from the planner:
They start off by paying homage to PETA founder Alexander Fernando Pacheco, and teachers are encouraged to ask students how they feel about using animals in science experiments.
Then they launch right into promoting islam, by specifically mentioning the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Then they take a quote from activist Pervez Musharraf: “Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred; universal brotherhood, not enmity; peace, and not violence,” while also asking students to ponder what eco-feminism is.
To end August, they feature Black Panther founder Fred Hampton’s birthday and a quote from him.
As September starts, they celebrate the anniversary of the founding of North Korea.
In what should come as no surprise to anyone who follows extreme leftist organizations, for September 11th, they make no mention of terrorist attacks. But they do list the islamic holiday of Muharram starting on September 11th.
They celebrate the founding of Iran as an Islamic republic, make special mention of the Association Of Raza Educators conference in L.A, for April, they encourage students to “demand gun control,” and of course they celebrate Roe v. Wade.
To celebrate July 4th, they quote a Sioux author “The White man must no longer project his fears and insecurities onto other groups, races and countries. Before the White man can relate to others he must forgo the pleasure of defining them.”
So this is what your education tax dollars are going toward.
You can reach Portland Public Schools superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero at (503) 916-3200.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 6th, 2018