Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is getting mocked over his misuse of a quote from Ronald Reagan in a speech yesterday when he said, "We're from the government. We're here to help." Of course, he conveniently left off the most famous part of the quote about those being the most terrifying words in the English language!
Those of you from Connecticut might recall the dubious legacy Cardona has left on education in the state, from his time serving as education commissioner.
Under Cardona, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to require high schools to offer an "inclusive" course on Black and Latino history that is rooted in critical race theory, identity politics, and spends three days assessing systemic racism and promoting the Black Lives Matter Movement. The course asks students to consider, "What African American, Black, Latino(a), and Puerto Rican histories reveal about the United States, its foundation and how power is structured today?"
Public Act 19-12 required all schools to offer the course by fall of 2022.
“Identities matter...” Cardona said in a December 9, 2020 press release about the new requirement. “This curriculum acknowledges that by connecting the story of people of color in the U.S. to the larger story of American history. The fact is that more inclusive, culturally relevant content in classrooms leads to greater student engagement and better outcomes for all."
An email sent on November 1, 2019, obtained by Fox News through a Freedom of Information Act request, revealed that Cardona agreed with his then-chief-of-staff, Laura Stefon, who said that "we need to be involved" in the group creating a critical race theory curriculum.
Cardona wanted to ensure that the 2020 Teacher of the Year (ToY), Meghan Hatch-Geary, was included in the course development because she "studied Black and Latino studies for her Master's Program... Has created programming incorporating social justice, for race and gender inequalities... Her application included more references to the importance of Black leaders in History than anything I have read before... She volunteered teaching in Ghana and Ecuador... Understands curriculum reduces invisibility for students of color and creates global preparedness for all students."
"We need teachers behind this wave of our curriculum becoming more 'woke,'" he continued.
Cardona said it "sends the right message that we are asking the ToY to help us do better."
And that's Cardona's legacy in a nutshell—making Connecticut curriculum more woke and propping up an anti-racist teacher focused on social justice.