Recently, an assistant school principal in Greenwich, Connecticut was apparently caught on video avowing that he hires only progressive teachers. In the video, he explains that he won\u2019t hire Catholics because they are too rigid, nor older teachers since they are too set in their ways, for him to be able to bend them to his mission of progressive education. In Greenwich, he is probably an outlier. I live in Greenwich, and I have a second-grader in the school system. He has had two great teachers and is just starting with a third of apparent great promise. Yet, most of the progressive education mischief occurs in higher grades, so I will reserve judgment. Yet, the issue is not so much a Greenwich issue as a national issue, or, more precisely, a Beltway issue. The national teacher unions headquartered in Washington, D.C., and the Biden Administration are very clearly pushing a left-wing agenda. They are doing everything possible to inject critical race theory (CRT) into the nation\u2019s public schools, despite all their protestations to the contrary. Just a few months into the Biden administration in April 2021, the federal Education Department placed a proposed rule making into the Federal Register stating that, in awarding of federal education grants in American History and Civics Education, it would prioritize federal grants for teacher training and classroom instruction to projects that \u201cincorporate anti-racist practices into teaching and learning.\u201d The proposed rule cited the work of one of the most radical progressives as an authoritative basis for the rule: \u201cAs the scholar Ibram X. Kendi has expressed ... \u2018Antiracist ideas argue that racist policies are the cause of racial inequities.\u2019\u201d Kendi is infamous for many incendiary statements such as \u201cThe only remedy for racist discrimination is anti-racist discrimination.\u201d Apparently, Professor Kendi never heard the adage about two wrongs not making a right. Moving on to the national teacher unions, we find the National Education Association adopting a resolution at it 2021 annual meeting: \u201cThe NEA will provide an already created, in-depth study that critiques empire, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society, and that we oppose attempts to ban critical race theory and\/or \u2018The 1619 Project.\u2019\u201d Of course, \u201ccritiquing\u201d equals repudiation, and repudiating capitalism is the same as advocating socialism, and opposing a ban on CRT is the same as promoting CRT. For its part, the American Federation of Teachers is distributing to school districts free books from First Books, a nonprofit, which itself is busy distributing for free the books of Professor Kendi. The Greenwich assistant principal is just a foot soldier in a war being waged from Washington, D.C. A recent column in The Wall Street Journal revealed what one would imagine: a constellation of consultants pushing ideology, providing training and distributing instructional materials on CRT and other elements of the extreme progressive agenda. The Journal reported on a school district in Pennsylvania which contracted with Pacific Education Group for teacher training. The district refused a parent\u2019s request for a copy of the training materials until he sued in federal court and won. Even after losing the court case and after the training materials became public, the district asserted that \u201cno \u2018course, curriculum or program\u2019 in the district \u2018teaches Critical Race Theory.\u2019\u201d The Journal writers reviewed the materials and concluded that teachers were clearly being trained in CRT. The Journal observed that school districts may \u201cthink they can shoo parents away by making a distinction between teacher training and curriculum.\u201d Then the Journal writers got to the heart of the matter: \u201cBut what is the point of teacher training if not to inform teachers on how they should teach?\u201d It is clear that CRT and the associated radical ideological theories are not bubbling up in a groundswell from the grassroots of America. It is being force-fed from Washington, DC. It is popping up all over the place: mathematics instruction in California; school staffing in Washington State; in elite schools in New York City; in Loudoun County, Va., and Rhode Island; and many other places too numerous to list. Progressives in Washington, D.C., want to use public schools as indoctrination centers. When parents push back, they have triggered the dispatch of federal law enforcement to \u201cinvestigate\u201d alleged violence against school boards. The Washington-based the National School Boards Association made the allegation in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. Yet, when the NSBA retracted its letter, Garland did not recall the FBI. Teaching a theory so controversial and divisive that it must be disseminated throughout the school system mostly \u201cunder the cover of darkness\u201d \u2014 i.e. cloaked in denials that it is present or being embraced and taught \u2014 is not something that parents should stand for. Parents whose parental rights and authority are being overrun by progressives and teacher unions should push back vigorously. Red Jahncke is president of the Townsend Group, a management consulting firm in Greenwich.