Watchdog – Is the new Social Justice Center at Antioch High promoting socialism to students?
According to the California Department of Education, students in the public school system are to have a basic knowledge of and are tested on: English language arts, mathematics, history-social science, science, visual and performing arts.
So why is the AUSD now having students participate in diversity training conducted by the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI – learn more about them, by clicking here) and why is there a new Antioch High School Civil Rights Non-Violence Tolerance Education Social Justice Center on the campus of Antioch High, which incidentally features a mural of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Governor Jerry Brown, Superintendent Donald Gill, Councilwoman Mary Rocha, whose son is the Principal of AHS, and former school board member and Mayor Wade Harper?
Social Justice is a concept dating back to when Plato in the New Republic formalized the argument that an ideal state would rest on four virtues: wisdom, courage, moderation and justice. Over time the concept has been largely associated with the political philosopher John Rawls (1921-2002) who restated in Political Liberalism (1993) “All societies have a basic structure of social, economic, and political institutions, both formal and informal.” Social Justice as conceived by Rawls is an apolitical philosophical concept and may hold some or all of the following beliefs:
1) It is government’s (or those who hold significant power) responsibility to ensure a basic quality of life for all its citizens. 2) Historical inequities insofar as they affect current injustices should be corrected until the actual inequities no longer exist or have been perceptively “negated”. 3) The redistribution of wealth, power and status for the individual and societal good.
Does the last belief sound to you like socialism? It does to me.