I’ve long been a supporter of public schools, having enjoyed many positive experiences with them growing up. Plus, my four children received an excellent education here in Gwinnett County Public Schools, for which I am grateful.

However, if I were anti-public schools, and what I really wanted was to destroy them, I know exactly how I’d do it.

First, I’d help elect radical, neo-Marxist ideologues to the school board. As a bonus, they wouldn’t have much experience running a school system and/or kids of their own in the county schools.

Once my radical leftists held a majority on the board, they could begin enacting their extremist agenda — starting with keeping as many kids out of school as possible for as long as possible by pushing popular superstitions about COVID-19.

We know, based on multiple studies, that children are not at high risk, nor are they likely to give the virus to adults. But my radical school board wouldn’t let that hinder their fear-mongering.

Another good strategy: force schoolkids to wear masks all day, so they don’t want to attend. Two decades worth of randomized controlled tests — the highest level of scientific evidence — show masks are ineffective against airborne viruses. In fact, for children, they might do more harm than good.

No matter. If kids want to come to our schools, they must “mask up.” And if they or their parents aren’t willing, fine. That just hastens the system’s demise.

Beyond COVID, my radical board would institute several other extreme policies, such as eliminating school resource officers. Then they would insist on race-based disciplinary procedures, meaning no matter who commits the offenses, school leaders would be required to make sure all races were proportionally represented in the final statistics.

If that resulted in some students getting away with severe misbehavior while others were unjustly punished, all the better. The abandonment of fairness and the resulting disintegration of order would be essential to my plans.

Next, my board would require that students be indoctrinated in “Critical Race Theory,” a hateful, racist, neo-Marxist ideology. All would be branded as either victims or oppressors, good or bad, based not on the content of their character but on the color of their skin. What better way to foment division and distrust?

Finally, as its coup de grace, my board would institute a policy allowing boys to enter girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers at will. At the high schools, especially, this policy in conjunction with already-raging hormones would quickly break down any remaining social order.

And of course, if anyone stood in the way of my radical agenda, such as a superintendent who had run the system with spectacular success for a quarter century, with stellar bond ratings and numerous national awards to prove it, that person would need to be removed forthwith.

The beauty of my plan is that, as the school system circled the drain and families fled the county for saner climes, property values would plummet, providing even less money for the schools.

The result? Equal misery for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic circumstances — in other words, “equity.”

So, yeah, if I wanted to destroy Gwinnett County Public Schools, that’s how I’d go about it.

But it looks like somebody already beat me to the punch.

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Rob Jenkins is a college professor. The views expressed here are his own. You can email Rob at rob.jenkins@outlook.com.

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(5) comments

MarvinGardens

I see that Rob Jenkins is still using his platform to push Covid denialism. He makes several false claims about Covid-19. It's downright offensive and disgusting. Ironically, Wilbanks took it more seriously than Jenkins does. Half a million dead Americans don't lie, Rob.

Cheer2988

As a new-ish resident to Gwinnett County, we moved here for the schools. We will move out of Gwinnett because of this school board. The people that voted for this change was a small sample of the people in Gwinnett and do not speak for the majority. I have been active and watching these new board members since June. I have seen nothing but negative: racist comments, divisive agendas and disrespect for most people they encounter. There is nothing in the article that isn't correct. Mr. Wilbanks was Superintendent a long time. I can even agree that maybe it was too long, however, his successful leadership made the schools what they are today. The new board has shown that political agenda and fiscal irresponsibility are on their agenda before the students and staff. When they are done tearing down this school system, it will be our children that suffer and will take years to recover.

Jeff Daniels

Good article. The author speaks truth. It's a shame Gwinnett County Public Schools are declining so rapidly. Many parents will move away or place their children in to private schools, if they are able.

The Marxist doctrines described in this article are very destructive. It's sad to see them destroy what was once a nice school system, but they seem to be doing it with the entire county, too. Sad.

Steph18

As a life-long Gwinnett resident, a product of Gwinnett schools, and now a parent Gwinnett students, I feel as invested as anyone in our schools and community. After having a MAJOR issue with my local school administration, I was greeted at the county office with a brick wall of bureaucracy and no concern for transparency. These last elections were a result of frustrated citizens ready for some change to the ‘good old’ boys club’. Unfortunately, the pendulum has swung so radically that any hope of thoughtful, meaningful, useful reform in our schools is fading quickly. In a county as large and diverse as Gwinnett, with specialty schools, our system has vastly different needs and resources in every neighborhood it serves. My question is, ‘Why can’t the entire county vote for ALL school board members if they have the power to make decisions for all the students?’ Reforming how we elect school board members is just a start to saving the district we have all worked so hard to build. The diversity of this system is a strength, not a weakness and it’s time for our elected officials to behave like adults.

smatt65

Yes sir. After this last election, this is exactly what happened.

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