February 3, 2006
Elk Grove Citizen Editor
I am responding to Pam Benedetti’s letter in which she defends SEED. The quotes in my article of January 18 are taken from SEED documents that we obtained through the Freedom of Information Act via our attorneys in communication with the school district’s lawyers. We fought long and hard to obtain these documents, which came directly from the SEED headquarters at Wellesley College. These included 1700 handout pages that are distributed to every trained SEED facilitator to be used in sessions and given to attendees. SEED classes encourage the education of teachers on how to incorporate this material into their curriculum. I again reiterate these are the themes and founding principles of SEED.
I can see from Pam’s letter that SEED was very effective in brainwashing her. She gives two examples, both of which supportthe horrors of SEED completely. I am glad we are not in dispute of the real facts.
After consuming the lies of SEED, Pam now believes that our education standards should be lowered so students, who could not pass the entrance exam for her class, can now be accepted. She was actually able to get District standards lowered to accommodate these students. How fair is this to the students who are able to meet the standards, but are rejected due to this policy. Because of such public school policies, many students are not able to perform on tests, thus California schools are 49th in the Nation. Graduates are ill prepared for college level courses because education standards have been “dumbed down.” Thus, colleges want AP students, while the average students continue to fall behind other countries. Regardless, the priority remains that students must “feel” wonderful about themselves, even though they did not earn what they got. To keep Americaon the right course, we need to require the students to learn academics, not politically correct social skills, which SEED encourages.
After consuming the lies of SEED, Pam also now believes the lies of “white privilege.” She states that black kids have to fear being stopped by the cops, and white kids don’t. This is the ultimate lie of big bad white guy and poor little oppressedblack victim. If children of any race have been taught their manners, how to respect authority, and to tell the truth, and they have not been up to any mischief, they have nothing to fear by being stopped by the cops. Teens of all races get sweatypalms and a pounding heart if they see the red and blue lights behind them. If mothers of non-white races believe they haveto prep their children with correct responses, that is an unfounded fear they are passing along to their children. These kids should be taught that they can hold their head up, tell the truth in a respectful manner, and then feel the pride that comes when they are shown respect back. This is what we should be teaching our kids, not the “white privilege” nonsense of SEED.
Citizens of this community, you can see where SEED has taken Pam Bernedetti and thousands of teachers, parents and studentswho have attended these classes. SEED’s only answer to the “oppressiveness of white Christian males” is to take from them their political and economic power, which they have worked hard to obtain. Peggy McIntosh, one of the founders of SEED, speaks frequently at communist oriented gatherings. Her views on heterosexual, white, Christian male, and Capitalism are used to promote the “oppressor and oppressed” theory, which is used in Marxism. This principle is the basis for SEED sessions.
Once again, I ask you to contact the School Board and demand that they remove this program from the District. You can also go to www.stopseed.com to find out more information about SEED. Remember, the quotes in the paper on 2/18 are directly from documents furnished to me by the District. They speak for themselves.