McCormick outlined how school administrators went door-to-door, asking the teachers to turn over copies of Dr. Seuss's books.
"When our school sent an email out notifying us that all the banned Dr. Seuss books were going to be obtained from classrooms and libraries across the school district, that really kind of startled me," McCormick said. The memo which outlined plans to confiscate the books is reminiscent of Nazi-era tactics when Gestapo units raided bookstores, schools, and homes destroying any and all in infamous images of book burnings in German central squares.
"I had sent an email back saying, 'Look, I'm a history teacher. I think there's value in preserving these and I'd like to have them in my classroom and they can be teaching tools,' they wouldn't even do that. Even my question, just asking if I could have the box, got administration notified ... It was troublesome to them that I even had an interest in possessing them," McCormick explained.
During the schoolteacher's interview with radio star and podcaster Todd Starnes, he was asked when he noticed things were shifting.
"Well, I think there'd always been an agenda in public education specifically, you know, teachers seemed to be mostly liberal. [The year] 2016 with the election of Donald Trump, and then again in 2020 with George Floyd served as kind of catalysts for this movement to really politicize education," McCormick replied.
"And, in 2020, it went beyond just individual teachers choosing to do this in their classrooms, and it became really an institutional mission. And so our district, for example, formed the Department of Equity and Inclusion, which is really a social justice mechanism for the entire district," McCormick continued.
"So, did you ever feel comfortable talking about your views or where did that ever come up in conversations with any of your colleagues?" asked Starnes.
"It did. And I learned over the years to become a lot more quiet about it because it resulted in a lot of ostracization. People just decided they didn't like you and didn't really want to associate with you. So it's something as a teacher, you learn to be quiet about and be very conscientious of," McCormick answered.
"So I'm curious why you decided to speak out so publicly, because I have to imagine you. You're going to be getting blowback over this," Starnes said.
"Sure. Absolutely," McCormick replied.
"I've been overwhelmed by the support from, you know, a lot of average Americans across the country, parents that needed someone to tell them, 'Hey, you're not crazy.' And yes, there is an agenda in your children's schools."