In northern Virginia, Fairfax County Public Schools is using a “G2 Summer Learning Guide 2021” for second graders, promoting a “Woke Kindergarten” video that has the message, “I feel safe when there are no police,” according to a copy of the guide shared by a whistleblower.
The guide includes “Reading Goals,” “Writing Goals” and “Word Study Goals.” Then, in “Suggested Texts,” the guide includes, “Safe by Ki (Woke Kindergarten 60 second text),” with a hyperlink to a YouTube video by the creator of “Woke Kindergarten,” reading text that begins, “We all deserve to feel safe.” Woke Kindergarten LLC is a company registered with the Maryland Secretary of State.
The founder self identifies as a “trans nonbinary abolitionist educator” and describes the website as “a global, abolitionist early learning community, creative expanse and consultancy supporting children, families, educators and organizations in their commitment to abolitionist early education and pro-Black liberation” with “liberation as the goal, abolition as the journey.”
The reading continues: “We deserve to feel safe in our homes.” It concludes: “I feel safe when there are no police. And it’s no one’s job to tell me how I feel. But it’s everyone’s job to make sure that people who are being treated unfairly……feel safe too.”
The “Suggested Texts” for second graders also includes, “Good Trouble by Ki (Woke Kindergarten 60 second text),” with a hyperlink to a YouTube video reading. “Sometimes it’s good to get into trouble,” the “Woke Kindergarten” creator reads, invoking the concept of “good trouble” by Rep. John Lewis. Some critics have noted that the concept of “good trouble” is confusing for second graders as they are also being taught, “I feel safe when there are no police.”
Parents Defending Education recorded a video of the guide and the “Suggested Texts,” and it can be viewed at this link.
Woke Kindergarten also features a video on pronouns that recommends students can also call themselves “tree” as a pronoun, instead of he or she.
In the summer of 2021, Bailey’s Elementary School in Falls Church, Va., promoted Woke Kindergarten among its “Equity Resources for Students,” writing: “These resources are kid-friendly and can be used in the classroom or for home learning.” The PDF is visible here.
Bailey’s Elementary School also promoted Woke Kindergarten among its list of “Social Media Accounts” in “Equity Resources for Teachers.” The PDF is visible here.