A Parents Guide To Politics In The Classroom
What's being taught in our schools today...
"Equity supersedes the notion of equality, where all are treated the same"
RESOLUTION NO. 1901: School Board Commitment to Equity and Anti-Racism (June 2020) - During the COVID pandemic, while kids were out of school and parents struggling to manage, this was the School Board's priority. (PDF with Board signatures)
"...requires that this systemic bias and institutional racism be dismantled, to promote equity [...] The Bend-La Pine Schools Board of Directors and staff...committing our board to holding diversity, equity, and inclusion at the center of all conversations moving forward."
Curriculum: Equity and Anti-Racist Dialogue in the Classroom
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE): Math Is Rooted In Racism & White Supremacy?
"the focus is on getting the 'right' answer," and when "students are required to 'show their work.'"
Been hearing a lot about indoctrination and too much politics in the classroom? Unfortunately, this isn't something new. It's a fulfillment of decades of academic bias and ideological intolerance. But don't take anyone's word for it, read about it for yourself.
The following compilation of research, news stories, essays, op-eds and videos are just a small summary of recent references.
Take a few minutes just to scroll the headlines and you'll have a better understanding of what the current national controversy is about. Many parents are waking up to what's being taught in the schools and they find it objectionable. As taxpayers, they have the right to fight it.
Politics and ideological agendas for social-cultural transformation should not be part of curriculum, particularly for the early grades. It's impossible for children to process such instruction fairly without a solid foundation of historical knowledge, critical thinking and developed analytic skills. If teachers and students want to debate "theory", it should be reserved for colleges & universities which is where this all began.
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What is Critical Race Theory?
Critical race theory teaches that all members of "minoritized" racial groups are victims of a system rigged against them.
Critical race theory (CRT) begins from the assumption that racism is built into all of America’s institutions. Critical race theorists “hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.”
CRT teaches that members of a "minoritized" racial group are victims of a system that is rigged against them. Those born into "privileged" races are inherently exploiters of minorities.
Critical race theory teaches that American institutions are plagued by so-called “systemic racism.” CRT “recognizes that racism is codified in law, embedded in structures, and woven into public policy,” the American Bar Association explains. “CRT rejects claims of meritocracy or ‘colorblindness.’ CRT recognizes that it is the systemic nature of racism that bears primary responsibility for reproducing racial inequality.”
Human beings were not preoccupied with race until the 16th century, when Europeans began to explore and then colonize other parts of the world. Drawing distinctions between the races reached its peak in the 19th century with the widespread use of slave labor in North and South America.
Critical race theory is a race-based offshoot of Marxism invented in American academia.
Critical race theory (CRT) is a uniquely American invention that began to take shape in Harvard Law School in the 1970s.
Among the theorists promoting its concepts in the mid-1970s were Derrick Bell, Alan Freeman, and Richard Delgado, who were critical of the Civil Rights movement’s “dangerously slow progress.”
CRT is a race-based offshoot of critical theory, which is a Marxist-inspired movement in social and political philosophy that maintains that one of the primary goals of philosophy is “to understand and to help overcome the social structures through which people are dominated and oppressed.”
Faced with the massive failure of communist political regimes and the widespread unpopularity of Marxism in America, left-wing scholars transposed Marxist theories about class to theories about race. “[R]ather than abandon their political project, Marxist scholars in the West simply adapted their revolutionary theory to the social and racial unrest of the 1960s,” writes Christopher Rufo. “Abandoning Marx’s economic dialectic of capitalists and workers, they substituted race for class and sought to create a revolutionary coalition of the dispossessed based on racial and ethnic categories.”
Critical race theory seeks to dismantle capitalism and undermine American constitutional principles.
One of the key proponents of critical race theory, Ibram X. Kendi, has made clear that one of the essential goals of CRT is to dismantle capitalism. “The origins of capitalism cannot be separated from the origins of racism,” said Kendi. “The life of racism cannot be separated from the life of capitalism, and vice versa. When you think about, for instance, the slave trade, which was critical in the accumulation of wealth in Europe, that was fundamentally a set of racist policies. When you think of colonialism, or even slavery, these are fundamentally a relationship between racism and capitalism, which was essential to its emergence. And so, I think in order to truly be antiracist, you also have to truly be anti-capitalist, as I write in the book. And in order to truly be anti-capitalist, you have to be antiracist, because they’re interrelated.”
Critical race theory rejects the core tenets of the American, classically liberal, Judeo-Christian value system. It turns the bedrock American idea upside down, as summarized by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, two leading proponents of CRT: "Critical Race Theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and the neutral principles of constitutional law" (Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, p. 3).
The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” a product of critical race theorists, attempts to inextricably tie America’s capitalist economic system to slavery.
Critical race theory is not a continuation of the civil rights movement—it’s a repudiation of it.
Critical race theory arose in part out of frustration with the “dangerously slow progress” of the civil rights movement.
Critical race theorists maintain that America has been defined since its founding by racism and that American racism has never truly diminished. To these theorists, Martin Luther King Jr. was both wrong in his goals and naïve in his view of Americans’ abilities to judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. The CRT-based “1619 Project” suggests that the U.S. cannot overcome the “original sin” of slavery and claims that “nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional” grew out of slavery and racism.
Critical race theorists “explicitly reject equality — the principle proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, defended in the Civil War, and codified into law with the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” writes Christopher Rufo. “To them, equality represents ‘mere nondiscrimination’ and provides ‘camouflage’ for white supremacy, patriarchy, and oppression.”
Black Americans have heroically fought for their rights, often against great odds. Joining them in the fight for racial equality over the decades has been a vast number of white people. One key example: the U.S. Senate that passed the landmark Civil Rights Act in 1964 contained 98 whites and two men of color, both Asians.
In an ongoing investigative series, City Journal contributing editor Christopher F. Rufo reports on the spread of critical race theory through American schools.
North Carolina’s largest school district launches a campaign against “whiteness in educational spaces.” March 17, 2021
Revenge of the Gods
California’s proposed ethnic studies curriculum urges students to chant to the Aztec deity of human sacrifice. March 10, 2021
Critical Race Fragility
The Left has denounced the “war on woke,” but it is afraid to defend the principles of critical race theory in public debate. March 2, 2021
Critical “Race” to the Bottom
10 Blocks podcast with Brian C. Anderson, February 26, 2021
Buffalo’s school district tells students that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism”—while presiding over miserable student outcomes. February 23, 2021
A New York City public school principal calls on white parents to “subvert white authority.” February 18, 2021
In a Philadelphia elementary school, teachers are putting a premium on radicalism, not reading. February 11, 2021
Students at the United Nations International School launch an anonymous social media campaign denouncing their teachers as “racists” and “oppressors.” January 28, 2021
“Antiracism” Comes to the Heartland
A Missouri middle school forces teachers to locate themselves on an “oppression matrix” and watch a video of “George Floyd’s last words.” January 19, 2021
A Cupertino elementary school forces third-graders to deconstruct their racial identities, then rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.” January 13, 2021
Radicals in the Classroom
San Diego’s school district tells white teachers that they are guilty of “spirit murdering” black children and should undergo “antiracist therapy.” January 5, 2021
The Seattle school district claims that the U.S. education system is guilty of “spirit murder” against black children. December 18, 2020
Standing Against Critical Race Theory April 21, 2021
The Courage of Our Convictions April 22, 2021
What is critical race theory? May 14, 2021
The spread of critical race theory in schools has sparked controversies across the country
Debate emerges over racism and white supremacy in Oregon math instruction February 26, 2021
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently sent a newsletter to math educators in the state: "Pathway to Math Equity Micro Course 2.0" — 82-page workbook on how teachers can "examine their actions, beliefs, and values around teaching mathematics." The group claims white supremacy culture can show up in the classroom in various ways, including when "the focus is on getting the 'right' answer," and when "students are required to 'show their work.'"
Oregon Hires ‘1619 Project’ Writer To Lecture Teachers And Students On ‘Reframing’ History May 12, 2021
Parent Infuriated After Virginia High School Forced Student To Read Graphic Book About Oral Sex May 12, 2021
The district has contracted for four years with an influential New York consulting group that could get millions of dollars to push the racist ideology.
In the Name of Equity, California Will Discourage Students Who Are Gifted at Math May 4, 2021The new framework aims to keep everyone learning at the same level for as long as possible.
The Monster Is in the Classroom April 30, 2021
Schools indoctrinate children as young as eight in race and gender essentialism.
'I mean, it's all social justice, all day, every day,' one of the professors, Gina Harris, said before a high school board meeting
Parents of kids attending Texas’s top-performing school district found out what their schools have been teaching in the name of ‘racial justice,’ and they are livid.
Oregonians for Liberty in Education called out the perceived left-leaning bias
'It's totalitarian, what they're doing, so I know it,' lawyer Gordana Schifanelli says
Is (Reverse) Racism Moral Now? March 30, 2021
Critical Race Theory continues to come under attack, just as some Washington state lawmakers seek to impose it in schools, colleges and medical schools March 25, 2021
The world’s oldest constitutional democracy is at a crossroads. March 21, 2021
Six former U.S. education secretaries present a plan to help overcome our divisions.
America’s True Threat March 19, 2021
The woke supremacy and systemic Communism of the American Left.
'Anti-racism' advocates come for the books March 9, 2021
Sorry, Professor, We’re Cutting You Off May 2, 2021
Funding higher education now means subsidizing the political activists who have hijacked it.
Though most Americans aren’t happy about this, academia has no qualms. No matter how many times the lack of intellectual diversity on politicized, one-party campuses is decried as unhealthy and educationally ruinous, the campuses won’t listen. There was once internal debate about higher education’s direction between traditional academic scholars and radical political activists, but that debate is long over. The activists, now firmly in control, have no interest in what the dwindling ranks of scholars have to say.
Restorative Justice Is Unfair to Students Who Want to Learn September 10, 2020
City leaders call for rewriting curricula to reflect their racial-justice narrative.
Bend-La Pine School Board passes new anti-racist rules for superintendent
“Central Oregon activists and social justice groups praise decision”
Parents at Litchfield Elementary School District's school board meeting were fed up with a new proposal to implement key elements of critical race theory in their children's curriculum. In a video obtained exclusively by YAF, these parents called out school board members for pushing this radical ideology on students, and the sole board member against CRT joined the effort.
The Best Argument Against Critical Race Theory October 5, 2020
What You Need to Know About Critical Race Theory September 23, 2020
BRAINWASHED: How Black Lives Matter Hijacked Our Schools (VIDEO) August 26, 2020
What is The 1619 Project?
Oregon Sen. Wagner and Sen. Frederick are sponsoring Senate Bill 683, which “requires school districts to provide instruction on racist history of this country and state.” The language in the bill seems to blindly copy the premises of the widely debunked New York Times 1619 Project.
Portland Teachers Association: As we center our work in equity throughout the state, we are pleased to invite you to participate in a discussion with Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of “The 1619 Project” reframing the Black experience in American history.
1619 is a political project riddled with factual errors and its theories on capitalism should not be conflated as an accurate historical account.
The Woke See No Evil—and Nothing but Evil
Leftist efforts to rewrite history—like the 1619 project—both seek to emphasize the Western civilization’s evils and white wash its achievements, a contradictory, self defeating task, writes Chilton Williamson Jr.
The New York Times series wallows in victimhood and ignores success.
The New York Times tries to rewrite U.S. history, but its falsehoods are exposed by surprising sources.
The Mayflower Compact is a quintessentially American story, and the philosophical wellspring from which the United States sprung.
An African-American professor looks at the United States and sees the greatest force for human liberty on the planet.
Education at The Heritage Foundation
Jonathan Butcher is the Will Skillman Fellow in Education at The Heritage Foundation. He has researched and testified on education policy and school choice programs around the U.S. Jonathan co-edited and wrote chapters in the book The Not-So-Great Society, which provides conservative solutions to the problems created by the ever-expanding federal footprint in preschool, K-12, and higher education.
Much more of the madness, reported daily.
Disclaimer: We expect political opposition to breathlessly criticize the preceding information because it does not conform to their reading habits. We are not citing references from CNN, MSNBC, NPR, NYTimes, Washington Post, or any of the other approved sources for the progressive standard.
However, because none of the aforementioned media outlets adequately cover the news and stories that concern the subject matter, this page provides reference to the thought leaders, the think tanks, the publications and the news stories that provide a contrarian view. If one wants to argue that it's biased, we would respectfully say it's counter-balanced against the one-sided arguments of our political rivals. And unlike education, this isn't force fed. Your reading is optional.
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