The Day – An action plan for those who want CRT out of school
Here’s a four-point plan of action for citizens who want to resist efforts by teacher unions and the Biden administration to force Critical Race Theory (CRT) into public schools.
The plan recommends four resolutions that citizens can propose to local school boards for adoption and to school board candidates. With less than three weeks before polling day, it allows voters to determine the position of school board candidates on this controversial issue.
This school board will not accept or use any material from the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which maintains that slavery is the central theme of United States history, that 1619 is the year in which the America “began” and the Revolutionary War was fought to preserve slavery.
Democracy – government of, by, and for the people – is a central theme in American history. Immigration is a bigger topic than CRT. The vast majority of Americans are immigrants or descendants of immigrants.
This school board will not apply for federal educational grants in US history and civics programs.
The Biden administration’s US Department of Education has proposed a rule that it will prioritize grant applications that incorporate CRT-like themes into projects for which funding is sought. An application integrating the CRT is contrary to the policy of the board of directors; an application not incorporating CRT is a waste of time and resources, as it would have no chance of being approved and funded.
Resolution number 3
This school board rejects the resolution adopted last summer by the national convention of the National Education Association, namely “NEA New Business Item 39”.
NEA New Business Item 39 states that “The NEA will provide an already created in-depth study that criticizes empire, white supremacy, anti-blackness, anti-indigenousness, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society, and that we oppose attempts to ban critical race theory and / or Project 1619. “
It should be noted that “NEA New Business Item 39” was removed from the NEA website within a week of its adoption.
This school board will not accept books from the American Federation of Teachers or the First Book Association, which distribute free books from Ibram X. Kendi, an activist scholar. In his book “How to be an anti-racist”, Kendi states that “the only cure for past racism is present racism. The only cure for current racism is future racism.” Of course, the only way to interpret this quote is that the “cure” is to discriminate against whites. The cure for racism is not more racism.
None of these resolutions seek to ban education about slavery and racism, which are important and tragic themes in American history. Undeniably, elements of racism persist today.
It is equally indisputable that there is less racism today than there was 25 years ago, and less than 50 years ago, when the red line was rife in mortgages, for example. There is no Jim Crow, that is, de jure discrimination, like 75 years ago. Slavery was abolished over a century and a half ago.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that the moral arc of the universe leaned toward justice. Our history proves him right. We may not be quite there yet, but we’ve come a long, long way.
Yet the CRT implies, if not explicitly teaches, that racism persists relentlessly and unabated. Indeed, President Biden believes that racism is systemic.
Ibram X. Kendi’s solution – that a new opposite wrong remedies a past wrong – is exactly the opposite of what moral parents teach their children: two wrongs do not make a right.
(Red Jahncke (@RedJahncke) is present from The Townsend Group Int. LLC, a Connecticut business consulting firm, and a columnist for Day.)