Letter: Michael Fruitman, Ashburn

Editor: Republicans in Virginia—and nationally—are again showing their true faces: They remain the Party of No. 

Can you remember a single policy that they favor? And when things are going well and there is nothing to rail against, they make it up. Critical Race Theory? Oh, sounds bad, like social engineering, something Socialists might do. And to our children! 

Let’s state it plainly right up front: No school in Loudoun (or Fairfax or Spotsylvania or anywhere else in the Commonwealth of Virginia) teaches ”critical race theory.” What they do teach—as mandated by the commonwealth—is equity. And they do it through history, through facts.

When we teach of wrongs perpetrated upon American Indians by British settlers, for example, those are facts. To ignore them does not appropriately uplift the American experience but, rather, whitewashes our history, leading to a generation that neither understands the reality of our past nor appreciates the harm that flows from bias, in thought and action. 

Similarly, to teach that the Black experience in America was all positive, with happy slaves enjoying doing the “yardwork” and playing with their masters’ children, perpetuates dangerous ignorance. No, we are not trying to make our white children “feel guilty,” as anti-CRT activists claim; rather, we are endeavoring to impart the multifaceted lessons of our true history, from which our children can learn, question, and grow.

There is nothing insidious about teaching how attitudes toward race influenced our past. Quite the opposite: to refrain from such education leaves out explanations of why our history is what it is. Republicans want to erase our history and dictate curricula to school boards.

Let’s also examine how our “neighbors” are protesting the supposed teaching of CRT.

Perhaps you heard of the raucous Loudoun County School Board meeting in June, where busloads of non-Loudoun residents were brought in to raise their voices and rail against the teaching of CRT in Loudoun (no, it is not happening; see above). People shouted, made accusations, and in some cases pushed and shoved each other. This was deliberate. It gets them their 15 minutes of fame on Fox News.

Remember, in the absence of a real issue, make one up. The local GOP leaders—late of the Trump Administration—are desperately trying to foment rage, the better to win in 2022. Virginia is a testing ground: If it works here, watch for it to be rolled out nationwide next year.

One of the main groups against the current school system is Fight for Schools, which says—erroneously—that “teachers and students are pressured to see everything through the lens of race and to treat individuals as part of a socially constructed demographic.” The reality is far different. EdEquityVA, a statewide program, is defined by the “commitment to eliminating the predictability of student outcomes based on race, gender, zip code, ability, socio-economic status, and/or languages spoken at home.” Does this sound subversive? 

The strategy is one of fear. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid … of what your school board is teaching your kids.

As part of its campaign, the rabble-rousers are circulating petitions to recall all of the Democrats on the School Board and our Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney. Get rid of these people who are corrupting your child’s education. There’s next to a zero-percent chance that this will succeed, but that doesn’t matter: it’s all about the noise. Their plan is to submit the recall petitions in October, when a judge will have 5-10 days to make a decision. In this way, the issue is all over the news, right up until the Nov. 2 election.

On Aug. 10, the Loudoun County School Board will vote on Policy 8040, “Rights of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Students,” which would mandate that such students be called by their preferred names and pronouns and that they be included in school activities. Naturally, this has GOP activists up in arms. And for what? Making children feel as comfortable as possible while going through an extremely difficult process?    

Perhaps if real Loudoun parents really wanted what’s best for their children, they would want them to be taught real history—facts, without political bias. They would advocate for the broadest possible education for their kids. And they would want their children to become compassionate adults. This is how young people learn to live in the world, and make things better for generations to come.

Michael Fruitman, Ashburn

8 thoughts on “Letter: Michael Fruitman, Ashburn

  • 2021-08-10 at 12:19 pm

    Michael, Love the energy in your letter. If LCPS understands EQUITY then why are the poorest of families in downtown Leesburg bussed out from their neighborhood E.S. which they could walk to. (Frederick Douglas E.S.) If LCPS understood EQUITY then why is there a challenge against Asian students attending the academies in numbers exceeding their demographic? Don’t Asian students still qualify for minority consideration especially since many of these families came to America without English as their primary language? I agree absolutely that history should be taught as it occurred but to tell our youngest children that somehow THEY are responsible for prior bad acts is unjustified. You do know there is a “UNION” cemetery in Leesburg across from St. Johns Church which many white soldiers are buried fighting against the horrible practice of slavery. Why not go after the wealth of inheritance from families with farms who benefitted from slavery instead of provoking guilt in a child who had nothing to do with slavery nor benefitted from it? Most of the schools in Loudoun with the word “FARM” in the name had slaves in case you need a target to go after instead in stead of a 4 year old! 🙂

  • 2021-08-10 at 4:16 pm

    When a democrat tells you they’re not teaching our kids without political bias, that means they’re teaching our kids with political bias.

  • 2021-08-10 at 5:56 pm

    Why do these local political operatives of the (D) party choose to not identify themselves as such when they pen BS-filled letters to the Ed?

    Here, I can help… M Fruitman is a district chair of the LCDC.

    • 2021-08-11 at 12:09 pm

      Does this person even live in Ashburn? Lying to editors is no way to go through life.

  • 2021-08-11 at 4:46 pm

    Shocking the an anti-Republican post mentioned Trump. DOD anyone tell them that their guy is in office?

    With that said I recall the following policies that Republicans agreed upon, secure the border, increase employment rates in America and reduce crime. Locally republicans agreed with working with ICE and reducing crime.

    Unfortunately they did not support controlling growth, limiting LCSB spending and reducing taxes.

    As for the rest of this author’s nonsense, there is little question that LCSB and many teachers are pushing a CRT agenda. Put whatever name on it you want but the discriminatory impact that Loundoun Academy has on Asians speaks volumes. Personally it does impact me so I can sit quiet but the social worriors should be up in arms.

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