Today we bring you a guest writer from Parents Rights in Education. They are active regionally and State wide protecting the rights of parents and children. Give the article a read and then stop by their website and learn how you can help and support their efforts.
Across the nation and in the state of Washington, in an effort to promote equity and inclusion, schools have begun to teach Critical Race Theory. Critical Race Theory or CRT asserts that systemic racism is part of American society and challenges the beliefs that allow it to flourish; if you are white, you are inherently racist, if you are a person of color, you are inherently oppressed. Therefore, white people must acknowledge their “white privilege” and do the work to overcome it. On the other hand, people of color live under oppression every day and have been since the founding of our country. Proponents of CRT feel this type of education is necessary to fight against systemic racism which is ingrained into our society including the public school system.
But the prospect of children being taught that they are either privileged or victimized simply because of their skin color has resulted in negative consequences and has parents protesting at school board meetings in many states. A Virginia high school teacher berated a student in front of an English class for not acknowledging the race of two girls seen in a presentation slide. In a California high school, a teacher loudly admonishes a student for asking the question, why is there not a white student union club when there is an Asian student student union club, arguing that it’s racist to have clubs limited to racial identity, while also excluding white people from having their own club too. And Last year a Seattle teacher training accused white educators of committing “spirit murder” against black students.
Parents and some brave teachers are understandably disturbed by what is being pushed by activist school boards and superintendents and are starting to push back. They are testifying at school board meetings, organizing protests, and telling their stories to the media. One group of concerned parents in Loudoun County school district were doxed by a secret group of current and former teachers, publicizing their names, addresses and pictures of them and their kids on social media. In the same school district one brave teacher testified before the school board about the damage done to kids by CRT, which tells white kids they need to be ashamed because of their privilege, and students of color that they can never get ahead because they are oppressed.
This is not fair to any child. Every child is beautifully and wonderfully made. They deserve to know that they are valued as an individual with their own unique talents and abilities. When schools have this type of policy, they create an atmosphere where children can achieve to the best of their abilities, while also getting the individual attention they need in order to succeed. That is what every student deserves.
Because this has become such an important issue Parents’ Rights in Education has created a resolution to stop CRT and BLM policies and curriculum from being implemented in the public schools. We have created a kit with the resolution, petitions and instructions which may be used by any citizen group to present to their school board. Already, parents in the Battle Ground School District and the Lynden School District have started distributing petitions and gathering signatures.
If you would like to send a message to your school board about CRT:
- Visit our website, https://www.parentsrightsined.org/stop-anti-racism-curriculum.html
- Decide which resolution you need, the one to reject CRT or the one to remove CRT.
- Download the petition and the instructions and start gathering signatures.
- Share the petition and the link for the online petition with friends, neighbors, and anyone else living in your district.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY IS DIVISIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE, WE MUST PUSH BACK!