McGeachin Announces Members of Indoctrination Task Force | Look at Boise
A day after announcing that she would run for governor in 2022, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on Thursday unveiled the list of members of her new “task force to examine indoctrination in Idaho Education,” writes the reporter. from Idaho Education News, Blake Jones. Members include an employee of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a leader of a charter school who pushed for the use of the Bible in public schools, and a Reverend who appears to be an evangelical Christian leader from northern Idaho.
A professor of political philosophy and a former chairman of the Idaho State Board of Education also joined the 14-member assembly.
The task force, which aims to remove so-called “teachings on social justice, critical race theory, socialism, communism and Marxism” from public schools, will be co-chaired by McGeachin and Representative Priscilla Giddings, R- White Bird, who entered the race for Lieutenant Governor. McGeachin joined a group of state and national Republicans lashing out at critical race theory in the classroom, recently announcing her new task force as she announced her candidacy for governor on the Capitol Steps in the ‘Idaho yesterday.
Critics, including State Council President Kurt Liebich, say they have seen little evidence of widespread “indoctrination”. The State Board plans to conduct its own review of free speech issues, outside of McGeachin’s task force.
“When we throw out those generic terms without defining them, and then accuse the whole system of indoctrinating children, that’s a pretty dangerous narrative,” Liebich told EdNews last week. “If the citizen of Idaho believes that because of this narrative it would undermine support for our public education system.”
Betsy Z. Russell is the bureau chief for Boise and a reporter in the state capital for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.