Wall Street Journal’s Jason L. Riley, in his July 13 “Critical Race Theory Is a Hustle,” wrote: “A majority of American fourth- and eighth-graders can’t read or do math at grade level, according to the Education Department. And that assessment is from 2019, before the learning losses from pandemic school closures.”
He continued by saying, “Whenever someone asks me about critical race theory, that statistic comes to mind. What’s the priority, teaching math and reading or turning elementary schools into social-justice boot camps?”
Meanwhile, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), has, he writes, “joined forces with Ibram X. Kendi, an activist-scholar who openly embraces racial discrimination against whites…” At the same time, the National Education Association (NEA) has pledged to “fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric…”
Then there’s this from Education Week’s Sarah Schwartz: “… At the NEA’s representative assembly held virtually in July, union delegates passed several measures that explicitly support the use of critical race theory in curriculum and allocated tens of thousands of dollars to those efforts.”
One of those measures, Schwartz reports, “will support and lead campaigns that ‘result in increasing the implementation of culturally responsive education, critical race theory, ethnic… studies curriculum in preK-12 and higher education.’”
That’s part of a larger $675,000 effort to “eradicate institutional racism in public schools.”
*** 162 Minnesota principals and assistant principals, self-described as “Good Trouble Principals” are “bound together by a commitment to changing the nation’s future by engaging in better, more equitable education practices.”
They intend to do that, writes Fox News’s Michael Ruiz, by “decentering Whiteness and dismantling the practices that reinforce White academic superiority.” That, they say, includes standardized testing, “an Americanized version of a caste system in our schools.”
The group reportedly also blames Parent Teacher Associations and teachers’ unions for promoting White supremacy.
Ironically, though, and true to their word to go after parents/group challenging CRT in schools, the NEA recently sued a Rhode Island mom for trying to get public records from her South Kingston, Virginia district about how CRT is being taught.
Meanwhile, Laura Leanne, a Loudon County School District 5th grade teacher, told the school board: “I quit. I quit your policies. I quit your training. And I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents: the children. I will find employment elsewhere. I encourage all parents and staff in the county to flood the private schools…”
They stopped her cold right then and there by cutting off her microphone…
P.S. A recent Rasmussen Reports national survey found that 78% of likely voters think it’s at least somewhat important that kids learn traditional Western Civilization values, not socialist propaganda; 52% said it’s very important.
How about you?
With thanks, Carol