Fairfax Schools Monitor

What is really being taught in our public schools?

What is being taught to our children in Virginia’s Fairfax County public schools?  Critical Race Theory?  Gender fluidity?  Pornography?  Is excellence in education being sidelined in favor of other goals?

The county’s school system has been in national as well as local headlines, with conflicting claims and denials about what is and isn’t being taught.  Rather than relying on sensational news reports, this blog will expose the truth about the policies and curriculum of the public school system.  What are teachers being instructed to teach, and what are the children actually being taught?  Has the focus remained on reading, writing, language, mathematics, science, history and civics, or has the school system shifted towards implanting controversial ideologies into young minds?

We will dig into the facts and will reveal official documents, including policy statements and curriculum outlines.  We will monitor the activities of the Fairfax County School Board.  We will solicit knowledgeable input from parents and mature students.

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What “Stakeholder Groups” Does the School Board Seek Input From?

By Mark Spooner | January 10, 2022

In formulating policy, the Fairfax County School Board and administrators will sometimes seek input from “stakeholder groups,” i.e., community groups that have an interest in the policies under review.  Who are those groups? In 2020-2021, the School Board undertook a massive review and revision of school curricula for the purpose of devoting more attention to…

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Input on New Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools

By Mark Spooner | January 9, 2022

The Fairfax County school system is conducting a search for a replacement of the outgoing Superintendent of Schools.  A search firm has been retained. Community members have been invited to respond to a survey about what’s important in selecting the next Superintendent.  Responses are anonymous.  The survey includes multiple-choice questions and also a box for…

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Teaching about Race

Is It Okay For Schools To Teach About Race?

By Mark Spooner | January 8, 2022

Is it appropriate for our public schools to teach children about racial issues?  It’s an interesting question, and, in my view, there is no simplistic answer.  I’m interested in how readers of this post would answer the question.  Here’s the bottom-line of my current thinking: Proposed Principles Public schools should not — indeed, they realistically…

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Critical Race Theory

What’s Wrong With Critical Race Theory, Continued

By Mark Spooner | January 4, 2022

Introduction This post is a continuation of the analysis begun in the preceding post (“What’s Wrong With Critical Race Theory?”). That post showed that Critical Race Theory (“CRT”) is based on the unsupported opinions of individuals who view the entire, complex world through the narrow lens of racial conflict.  It also rebutted the assumption that…

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What’s Wrong With Critical Race Theory?

By Mark Spooner | January 3, 2022

Introduction What’s wrong with Critical Race Theory (“CRT”)?  Practically everything. CRT’s key tenets are outlined in prior posts on this site.  (“What Is Critical Race Theory,” Dec. 17, 2021; “Who Is Ibram X. Kendi,” Dec. 19, 2021.)  The Fairfax County School System has adopted CRT uncritically, and has incorporated aspects of it into its curriculum. …

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Ibram X. Kendi in Fairfax County Schools

By Mark Spooner | December 21, 2021

This post reveals Ibram X. Kendi’s recent association with and influence on the Fairfax County, Virginia public school system. Kendi is a well-known advocate of Critical Race Theory (“CRT”).  CRT is a world view which contends that the prevailing culture of the United States, together with often-unconscious “white supremacy,” creates “privilege” for the white majority,…

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Who Is Ibram X. Kendi?

By Mark Spooner | December 19, 2021

Prominent Proponent of Critical Race Theory Ibram X. Kendi is a best-selling, highly-paid advocate of Critical Race Theory.  He commands five-figure speaking fees and has sold hundreds of thousands of books promoting his views about race relations. Kendi is very popular  with the Fairfax County School Board.  It  paid him $20,000 for a one-hour video…

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What Is Critical Race Theory?

By Mark Spooner | December 17, 2021

In the 2021 Virginia race for Governor, some claimed that students are being indoctrinated with “Critical Race Theory” (“CRT”) in Virginia schools,  while others vehemently denied the charge.  Who is telling the truth? Before that question can be answered, it is necessary to understand what the advocates of CRT believe, and how those beliefs intersect…

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First Steps

By Mark Spooner | December 15, 2021

I began my research into the curriculum of the Fairfax County public schools in September 2021.  A good place to start, I decided, would be to examine the History and Civics textbooks being used in the middle- and high-schools.  Do they fail to address the history of race and indigenous people adequately, as some on…

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