A California school district reportedly spent tens of thousands of dollars on an organization called “Woke Kindergarten,” which focuses on “supporting children, families, educators, and organizations in their commitment to abolitionist early childhood education and pro-black, queer and trans liberation. ”
According reportsGolden State’s Hayward Unified School District recently contacted the organization for a month-long training session for Glassbrook Elementary School staff, where they will apparently learn how to “disrupt whiteness, colonial narratives dominant whites/settlers and anti-blackness in the Glassbrook community.”
Woke Kindergarten, described as a “global abolitionist early childhood ecosystem and visionary creative portal,” was founded by Akiea “Ki” Gross, who pronounces them.
Gross, in the “who we are” section of the website, is describe as “an abolitionist early educator, cultural organizer and creator currently innovating to resist, heal, liberate and create with his pedagogy, Woke Kindergarten”.
The website features a series of 60-second videos that advance anti-police sentiments, as well as LGBT propaganda and radical gender ideology:
The website also has a section offering the “wake word of the day”. Past words include “abolish”, “protest” and “anti-racist”.
One of the workshops announcement on the website focuses on “abolitionist teaching in the early years” and states that “Ki illuminates how the prison industrial complex manifests in early childhood and takes participants on an exploration of how we can disrupt the PIC through a comprehensive and interactive journey into Woke Kindergarten’s abolitionist early learning pedagogy.
The district would spend $20,000 on these types of trainings for elementary school employees.
According to Washington Examiner:
The contract was first noticed by the parent activist group Parents Defending Education. Erika Sanzi, the parent organization’s outreach director, called Woke Kindergarten “ideological indoctrination” that has “no place in a kindergarten classroom or any classroom.”
The news comes as midterm elections approach and voters are taking education issues to the polls. That was evident last year with Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R)’s victory in Virginia following growing controversy over parents at war with hard-left school board members demanding a say in the education of their children.
Florida Republicans are among those who have taken legislative action, taking a stand against Critical Race Theory (CRT) and passing the Parental Rights in Education Bill this year.