South Bay Education Alliance (SBEA) is a nonpartisan organization created to ensure Excellence in Education remains a top priority in our schools.

We do support diversity of thought in the classroom and high standards for students of all ethnicities. We do support teaching students how to think but not what to think.  We do not support the new educational ideology that prioritizes equal outcomes (equity) ahead of excellence and seeks to divide us on the basis of race. 

Manhattan Beach School Board Alert

Upcoming Meeting 

May 19

On the agenda for the May 19 school board meeting there is a proposal to remove Catcher in the Rye and replace it with Slay.

This is Item D3 which can be found here.

Parents were given 10 days to review 4 proposed books for 9th and 10th grade, and the recommendation is the following:

1.    Add in The Memory Police

2.   Remove Catcher in the Rye and replace with Slay

It is likely that very few parents have had the opportunity to read Slay. A brief recap of the troubling nature of this book is that it contains obscene language and promotes sexual relations between a high school aged girl and her boyfriend, in the parent’s home, with the parent’s knowledge and permission.

In an era where we are teaching young women about empowerment, any book which subtly – or not so subtly – pressures her to engage in a sexual relationship with her boyfriend, runs counter to female empowerment. This book normalizes that activity and decision for minors. 

Slay is poorly written and has received poor reviews in terms of its literary values.

We ask every parent to write to the school board as soon as possible here

If you provide input by 9am on 5/19 it will be attached to the agenda. Comments received by 4pm will be accepted but not posted to the agenda.

 

Points you can cover in your letter are:

1.      Parents need more than 10 days to evaluate curriculum changes. Ask for this to be postponed until the second board meeting in June.

2.     Students should not drive curriculum changes. Many student groups have been pushing for changes such as this. While we respect the enthusiasm of students, we need the adults in the room to ensure school values align with our community. A school board should not just succumb to the pressures of the moment. They should be thoughtful and deliberative with their decisions.

3.     Note for the school board your values of what you consider to be appropriate vs. inappropriate reading materials.

These newsletters will provide alerts about upcoming school board meetings and provide information about discussions and decisions made by the school board and school administrators.

Stay Tuned and Speak Up!

Do Not Remain Silent!

We need ALL Stakeholders in the South Bay to Make Their Voice Heard. 

We have STRENGTH in numbers, and TOGETHER we can be a force that pushes back against these changes and instead pushes for EXCELLENCE and an APOLITICAL educational environment that allows students to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to debate varying points of view and above all, continue to strive for excellence in education.

Happening Now!

MB:  At the October 20 board workshop, MBUSD gave the go ahead to implement every recommendation from CLEAR, the CRT based entity. 
 
RB:  The school board is now talking about creating a Social Justice Committee in order to weave Social Justice throughout the curriculum.  Read about the California proposed math framework (Putting The Pieces of the Puzzle Together newsletter) in which math is no longer just math, it is about Social Justice.  In the world of Social Justice, Excellence in Education takes a back seat as ideology takes center stage in the classroom.  
 
HB:  the PTO is discussing the cancellation of the cherished Father Daughter dance. Fathers are an important part of a girl’s life and should be celebrated. All fathers should speak out against this – it is part of the overall push against the family unit.