Watchdog – Is the new Social Justice Center at Antioch High promoting socialism to students?

Watchdog-LogoBy Barbara Zivica

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.

5 Comments to “Watchdog – Is the new Social Justice Center at Antioch High promoting socialism to students?”

  1. Was this diversity training and mural approved by the school board? Is this training mandatory or elective for the students? An interesting choice of which local leaders were portrayed in the mural.

  2. Amber says:

    If you have so many questions then why not call the school and ask? Antioch is a highly segrated area for our times and full of crime. Based on the name of the center alone it sounds like AHS is doing the right thing by trying to teach kids to get alone and not kill eachother. What on earth is wrong with that? Instead of assuming though I plan to call the school tomorrow to find out just what they’re teaching the kids and if all it is is basic human rights and non-violence then I will offer to help in any way I can. I am so tired of the racism and crime in this area; it really makes me sick to be a part of this community at times.

  3. Reginald Jamal Brown says:

    Brainwashing is much more effective at a young age.

    • Amber says:

      Eww, they let you post Troll. No one needs your racism so don’t even start. Brainwashing is the reason you come online daily and blame all crime on black people. Stay off the news forums and stick to your usually Antioch KKK message boards.

      • eileen liu says:

        So ewww, “Amber”, who’s a Troll? Anybody who says something you don’t like? You know, all your name-calling is just “hate speech”. So don’t even start.

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