As children get dumber and dumber, New York City taxpayers are spending about $200,000 per year on a bureaucrat in charge of imposing Eastern mysticism on government-school captives. He thinks it is just as important, if not more important, than academics.
Officially known as the district’s “director of mindfulness,” Barnaby Spring’s job is to force-feed controversial religious practices to the child inmates and district employees in his care. That includes Hindu practices known as yoga and Buddhist meditation techniques.
“This is specifically to begin to put the social-emotional needs of children in a place where it’s just as important if not more important than academic learning,” Spring told a website called Mindful.org that specializes in promoting the spiritual practices.
Another part of his job is arranging “mindfulness” lessons and programs for district staff. According to local media reports, taxpayers are also paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for administrators and educators to go on yoga and meditation retreats that feature massages, facials, and even a “Buddha Bar.”
While the full cost of his benefits have not been disclosed, news reports indicate that Spring collected about $195,000 as part of his salary and “special assignment.” Meanwhile, NYC Education Chancellor Richard Carranza is working to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from public schools in the city.
But this problem goes much deeper than just squandering taxpayer money. Indeed, The Newman Report last year highlighted the occult nature of “mindfulness” programs, including their well-known ties to Eastern religions that are anti-Christian at their core. It gets even worse, though.
In a video on “Mindfulness in Education” by expert Amy Burke, the very first quote comes from an Indian “guru” and so-called “World Teacher” by the name of “Jiddu Krishnamurti” from his book “Education and the Significance of Life.” The decision to quote this particular character offers significant insight into what this is all about.
Consider that the guru was adopted and trained by the head of an actual Luciferian cult known as the “Theosophical Society,” which inspired top National Socialist (Nazi) leaders. And his own comments about mindfulness reveal a great deal.
Among other demands, Krishnamurti calls for practitioners to reject and abandon God, gods, new religions, old religions, and more as being “all equally valueless.” Instead, “you must put them all away and look within yourselves for the enlightenment, for the glory, for the purification, and for the incorruptibility of the self,” he said.
Of course, if New York City government schools had hired a director of “director of Bible studies,” the anti-Christian zealots on the courts and in the education establishment would be apoplectic. But when government schools are imposing Hindu and Buddhist beliefs and practices on captive children, it is supposed to be very “progressive.”
A number of lawyers and legal experts, including the American Center for Law and Justice, have called out the hypocrisy and are working to rein it in. However, in today’s America, there is no guarantee that the rogue courts will apply the same standard to Buddhism and Hinduism as they use against Christianity.
America was founded as a Christian nation and the overwhelming majority of Americans describe themselves as Christian. It is beyond outrageous that Christian taxpayers are being forced to pay for anti-Christian indoctrination of their own children in government schools.
Christian parents have a spiritual obligation to protect their children from these dangerous practices. Nobody else is going to do it for them.