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Critical Race Theory In Schools

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It's a miracle to think that we could teach historical facts about race and culture before 'Critical Race Theory' and educational trailblazers like those behind the New York Times sponsored 1619 Project but apparently it was possible to do so, or at least Florida Governor Ron DeSantis seems to allege it possible.
 

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Dana Stengel-Plowe resigned from the pricey prepatory school Dwight-Englewood, located in Englewood, New Jersey over its anti-racism teaching policies.

I believe that D-E is failing our students. Over the past few years, the school has embraced an ideology that is damaging to our students’ intellectual and emotional growth and destroying any chance at creating a true community among our diverse population. I reject the hostile culture of conformity and fear that has taken hold of our school.

The school’s ideology requires students to see themselves not as individuals, but as representatives of a group, forcing them to adopt the status of privilege or victimhood. They must locate themselves within the oppressor or oppressed group, or some intersectional middle where they must reckon with being part-oppressor and part-victim. This theory of power hierarchies is only one way of seeing the world, and yet it pervades D-E as the singular way of seeing the world.

As a result, students arrive in my classroom accepting this theory as fact: People born with less melanin in their skin are oppressors, and people born with more melanin in their skin are oppressed. Men are oppressors, women are oppressed, and so on. This is the dominant and divisive ideology that is guiding our adolescent students.

In my classroom, I see up close how this orthodoxy hinders students’ ability to read, write, and think. I teach students who recoil from a poem because it was written by a man. I teach students who approach texts in search of the oppressor. I teach students who see inequities in texts that have nothing to do with power. Students have internalized the message that this is the way we read and think about the world, and as a result, they fixate on power and group identity. This fixation has stunted their ability to observe and engage with the full fabric of human experience in our literature.

In my professional opinion, the school is failing to encourage healthy habits of mind, essential for growth, such as intellectual curiosity, humility, honesty, reason, and the capacity to question ideas and consider multiple perspectives. In our school, the opportunity to hear competing ideas is practically non-existent. How can students, who accept a single ideology as fact, learn to practice intellectual curiosity or humility or consider a competing idea they’ve never encountered? How can students develop higher order thinking if they are limited to seeing the world only through the lens of group identity and power?

Sadly, the school is leading many to become true believers and outspoken purveyors of a regressive and illiberal orthodoxy. Understandably, these students have found comfort in their moral certainty, and so they have become rigid and closed-minded, unable or unwilling to consider alternative perspectives. These young students have no idea that the school has placed ideological blinders on them.

Of course, not all students are true believers. Many pretend to agree because of pressure to conform. I’ve heard from students who want to ask a question but stop for fear of offending someone. I have heard from students who don’t participate in discussions for fear of being ostracized. One student did not want to develop her personal essay — about an experience she had in another country — for fear that it might mean that she was, without even realizing it, racist. In her fear, she actually stopped herself from thinking. This is the very definition of self-censorship.

I care deeply about our students and our school, and so over the years, I have tried to introduce positive and constructive alternative views. My efforts have fallen on deaf ears. In 2019, I shared with you my negative experiences among hostile and doctrinaire colleagues. You expressed dismay, but I did not hear any follow up from you or other administrators. Since then, the stifling conformity has only intensified. Last fall, two administrators informed faculty that certain viewpoints simply would not be tolerated during our new “race explicit” conversations with our new “anti-racist” work. They said that no one would be allowed to question the orthodoxy regarding “systemic racism.” The message was clear, and the faculty went silent in response.

The reality is that fear pervades the faculty. On at least two separate occasions in 2017 and 2018, our Head of School, standing at the front of Hajjar Auditorium, told the entire faculty that he would fire us all if he could so that he could replace us all with people of color. This year, administrators continue to assert D-E’s policy that we are hiring “for diversity.” D-E has become a workplace that is hostile toward educators based solely on their immutable traits.

During a recent faculty meeting, teachers were segregated by skin color. Teachers who had light skin were placed into a “white caucus” group and asked to “remember” that we are “White” and “to take responsibility for [our] power and privilege.” D-E’s racial segregation of educators, aimed at leading us to rethink of ourselves as oppressors, was regressive and demeaning to us as individuals with our own moral compass and human agency. Will the school force racial segregation on our students next?

I reject D-E’s essentialist, racialist thinking about myself, my colleagues, and my students. As a humanist educator, I strive to create an inclusive classroom by embracing the dignity and unique personality of each and every student; I want to empower all students with the skills and habits of mind that they need to fulfill their potential as learners and human beings. Neither the color of my skin nor the“group identity” assigned to me by D-E dictates my humanist beliefs or my work as an educator. Being told that it does is offensive and wrong, and it violates my dignity as a human being. My conscience does not have a color.

D-E claims that we teach students how to think, not what to think. But sadly, that is just no longer true. I hope administrators and board members awaken in time to prevent this misguided and absolutist ideology from hollowing out D-E, as it has already hollowed out so many other institutions.

Sincerely,
Dana Stangel-Plowe
Upper School English Teacher
P’16, P’19, P’21

A prominent Linguist and Colombia Professor, John McWhorter (who happens to be Black) praised the Teacher in question and even urged parents to pull their students from the exclusive prep school in a series of Tweets.


 

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I am glad to see parents finally fighting back against this racist, anti American insanity!
The problem is this framing plays into the framework of those that support CRT; call it what it is, and that is Anti-White.
 

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The problem is this framing plays into the framework of those that support CRT; call it what it is, and that is Anti-White.
Aren't those two separate issues? The insertion of pedophilia into the school system and masking it in Alphabet Soup lore and then Critical Race Theory/White Genocide theory.

I am glad to see parents finally fighting back against this racist, anti American insanity!
And it only took a year of them being locked at home with their own children and watching some of them commit suicide to do it. giogio2.png
 

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Aren't those two separate issues? The insertion of pedophilia into the school system and masking it in Alphabet Soup lore and then Critical Race Theory/White Genocide theory.



And it only took a year of them being locked at home with their own children and watching some of them commit suicide to do it.View attachment 704

Pain is a really good teacher.
 

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Big question is whether CRT will impact the VA gubernatorial election ?
That and the immigration crisis.

We will see if GOP voters are fired up enough to show up.

I don't even know what current polling is though..not that it matters since all the polls were lies formthe presidential election. I just plain don't trust them.
 

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Big question is whether CRT will impact the VA gubernatorial election ?
I think the fact that no democratic gubernatorial candidate anywhere in the country condemned Northam's "this is how we kill babies" bit and the gun grabbing will both loom like a specter over the gubernatorial election.
 

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I think the fact that no democratic gubernatorial candidate anywhere in the country condemned Northam's "this is how we kill babies" bit and the gun grabbing will both loom like a specter over the gubernatorial election.
In other words: McAuliffe will be pressed to come out against CRT at some point.

I still have the VA Dems sweeping all statewide offices in November though.
 

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Critical race theory is just plain evil. The more I look into it, the more horrified I am. And the more horrified I am to learn this stuff has been in our school systems for years. To think we only learned this because people finally woke up after Covid....
 

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Critical race theory is just plain evil. The more I look into it, the more horrified I am. And the more horrified I am to learn this stuff has been in our school systems for years. To think we only learned this because people finally woke up after Covid....
Honestly, while I'm not the most educated person when it comes to religion (yet) it's moments like these that make me think that this was set up on purpose by God.

Between COVID and the election fraud, not only are many of 'our side' waking up to just how deep the corruption runs, how bad the system has gotten and how far the Swamp is willing to go to win...but many independents and moderates on the left and right have become, at least somewhat aware of it too.

Also, it helped kick many people out of their, for lack of a better term, complacency. Not only our own assumptions that Trump would win but also an increased political involvement.
 

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Aren't those two separate issues? The insertion of pedophilia into the school system and masking it in Alphabet Soup lore and then Critical Race Theory/White Genocide theory.
It would be... if only they weren't pushed by the same political coalition. The activist bases may not be exactly the same (though there is a lot of overlap), but as far as voting representatives and other decisionmakers go, it would be very hard to find any who support one but oppose the other.

And it only took a year of them being locked at home with their own children and watching some of them commit suicide to do it.View attachment 704
Oh there is far more relationship between these two. A whole lot more parents had a direct look at what are the offending schools teaching thanks to remote classes being forced by lockdowns, and on top of that, with some basic technical knowledge one can record these without those recorded ever knowing, completely ruining what normally would be the main line of defense - "oh the kid and parent just misremembered/manipulated things for malicious reasons".
And it was an obvious issue enough that even the offenders themselves noticed the problem much earlier:
Of course some are already taking countermeasures, which raises the question of how much of the iceberg are we really seeing here, and how many of the brainwashers masquerading as teachers were sneaky enough to avoid getting caught.
 
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