After the state pulled a pre-K educator resource book that “contained a woke agenda,” the Secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education (ADECE) resigned, according to a statement released on Friday from the Office of Governor Kay Ivey.
Secretary Resigns as Educator Book pulled
The book was independently certified to be the “National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Developmentally Appropriate Practice Book,4th Edition” and Ivey’s administration was requested to pay attention to it. As its content did not align with what they claim they or the people of Alabama believe or stand for, according to a release sent out by the Governor’s Communications Director, Gina Maiola.
The book, according to Ivey’s office, contained ideas for educators such as the existence of a “larger systemic force that perpetuate systems of White privilege,” the fact that “the United States. The idea that “LGBTQIA+ need to hear and see messages that promote equality, dignity, and worth” should be taught to pre-K pupils, as is the knowledge that “the United States is built on systemic and structural racism.”
All of these and other “equally disturbing concepts,” according to Ivey and her team, do not align with what they or the people of Alabama believe should be done “to influence school children, let alone four-year-olds.”
“The training of Alabama’s youngsters is my main concern as a lead representative, and there is definitely no space to divert or detract from this mission,” said Lead representative Ivey. ” Our objective is for our children to focus on the essentials, such as reading and math.
Dr. Barbara Cooper, Secretary of ADECE, was instructed to send out a memo to disavow the book and cease its use statewide following a review requested by Ivey, which included confirming with ADECE that the book was one distributed in the state for pre-K educators.
Dr. Jane Hume will go about as break secretary of the ADECE right now and Lead representative Ivey will pursue a choice of a super durable secretary to lead the division in the short term.