Silicon Valley Elementary School Forces Students to Learn “Intersectionality” and Describe How Their Identities “Hold Power and Privilege”

A California elementary school has been teaching third-graders the concept of “intersectionality” and forcing them to “deconstruct their racial and sexual identities” and “rank themselves according to their ‘power and privilege.'”

Documents revealing this indoctrination plan were obtained from a whistleblower by filmmaker and policy researcher Christopher F. Rufo, who then posted them on Twitter.

The school in question is R.I. Meyerholz Elementary. It is located in Cupertino, California, a wealthy suburb of San Jose and thus part of Silicon Valley.

The teacher told the eight- and nine-year-old students that they live in a ‘dominant culture’ of ‘white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian[s]’ who ‘created and maintained’ this culture in order ‘to hold power and stay in power,‘” says Rufo. “Reading from This Book Is Antiracist, the teacher taught the children the theory of ‘intersectionality’ and claimed that ‘those with privilege have power over others’ and that ‘folx who do not benefit from their social identities […] have little to no privilege and power.‘”

Then from there, the teacher had the students create an “identity map” which involved circling the identities “that hold power and privilege”:

Parents were thankfully able to lobby the school to get rid of this critical race theory brainwashing. According to Rufo, a group of parents protested the various assignments and demanded a meeting with the school principal.

“Growing up in China, I had learned it many times. The outcome is the family will be ripped apart; husband hates wife, children hate parents. I think it is already happening here,” said one parent.

Unsurprisingly, Rufo claims in his report for City Journal that “despite being 94 percent nonwhite, Meyerholz Elementary is one of the most privileged schools in America.”

The median household income in Cupertino is $172,000, and nearly 80 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher. At the school, where the majority of families are Asian-American, the students have exceptionally high rates of academic achievement and the school consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of all elementary schools statewide. In short, nobody at Meyerholz is oppressed, and the school’s high-achieving parents know that teaching intersectionality instead of math is a waste of time—and potentially dangerous,” Rufo writes.

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