by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is fixated on equity-based education and seems to be ignoring academic priorities as students nationwide are experiencing a “catastrophic” decline in literacy which will have severe consequences down the line.
Learning advocates and parents are slamming President Biden’s education secretary for not even bothering to mention academics in a statement of priorities in connection with the Department of Education’s annual report card, according to Fox News. It shockingly shows the largest score drop in reading among 9-year-old students since 1990.
The DOE has been dumping hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into woke, equity-focused programs and grants that have next to nothing to do with actual learning. Last Wednesday alone the DOE doled out $116 million in grants “to support equity.”
“We’re investing in schools and communities that have shown a commitment to intentionally serving students and closing opportunity gaps based on race,” Cardona stated.
Equity and race are being pushed as opposed to children learning how to read and the blowback for doing so will reportedly spike crime and severely hamper an entire generation of students when it comes to surviving out in the real world.
The DOE is also shelling out $1 billion in grants via the Safer Communities Act to “advance equity” and to create “inclusive and supportive environments.”
“It is essential that… educators consistently pa[y] close attention to communities that face systemic barriers,” Cardona proclaimed on Sept. 15.
This is nothing new for Cardona. He has been pushing equity since he came on board at the DOE, not academic excellence. Lately, he reportedly seems more interested in pushing abortion than academics.
For instance, in June 2021, he issued a press release through the DOE on school closures that asserted, “We look at this reopening through a lens of equity. I don’t have to tell you that the inequities in education have been a constant.”