Location: Tumwater, WA. Next? Your district. Why? The State Superintendent of Schools, Chris Reykdahl, self-labels as a “social warrior”. Be concerned….very…very concerned.
Update May 3, 2021 – Austin Texas: https://thefederalist.com/2021/05/03/parents-vote-to-stop-critical-race-insanity-in-texass-top-school-district/
“I am concerned about Tumwater School District’s embrace of Critical Theory. The superintendent sent an email to all parents and staff that included the statement, “We remain committed to leading age-appropriate, non-biased classroom discussions as ‘teachable moments’ present themselves. We strive to facilitate teachable moments in a way that helps us grow stronger in our efforts to support equity and diversity affirmation in our schools.”
“I expressed my concern about his use of the term equity, noting that in its common use it is contradictory to the notion of equality. In my email, I stated “…Equity, on the other hand, seeks to ‘level the playing field,’ by providing advantages (and disadvantages) to people based on someone’s notion of their differing needs. (It is a small step from this concept to the Marxist slogan ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.’) Modern Critical Theorists favor the term equity and suggest the mere presence of inequality of outcomes is indicative of systemic oppression that must be rectified. The problem is, by treating people as part of an oppressed group and thereby removing people’s individual agency, Critical Theorists only drive a wedge between people and ultimately exacerbate any differences. So, when you say that you strive to facilitate teachable moments to support equity, do you mean that in the tradition of Dr. King’s ‘colorblind society?’ Or do you mean that in the neo-Marxist/Critical Theorist concept of the word?”
“Rather than allaying my concerns he confirmed them by saying (among other things), “The use of the term equity in this message was intentional. We are aware of the difference between equality and equity… This summer, our board identified improving educational equity as the primary focus of our efforts for the coming year (and likely beyond).”
“He also attached Tumwater School Board Policy 3212, which further confirmed the extremist agenda of the Board/superintendent. The Policy is 4 pages of tripe, but some of the lowlights are:
– “We will significantly change our practices to achieve and maintain equity in education.”
– “The concept of educational equity goes beyond formal equality where all students are treated the same.”
– “This means differentiating resource allocation, within budgetary limitations, to meet the needs of students who need more supports and opportunities to succeed academically.”
– “The Tumwater School District is committed to addressing and eliminating these gaps in kindergarten readiness, student achievement, discipline, attendance, graduation rates, and post- secondary success.”
“I am deeply concerned about my kids:
a) being indoctrinated,
b) having their needs neglected by a school where the “primary focus” is to improve equity (high-achieving students are an impediment to equity), and
c) being safe in their schools (if the Board considers reducing disparities in discipline part of its primary focus, it seems inevitable that rules and discipline will not be consistently applied.)”
Be on the watch. Public education is less and less about education and more and more about indoctrination and the State raising your children and changing society to their view.