Critical Race Theory is a set of Marxist Ideas about the United States that has made its way into national American History and Civic Standards. It is being defended by far-left radical teacher’s unions and “Departments of Equity”, as a way of getting social justice for groups of people who consider themselves to be victims.
The country has spent months being divided about these issues with people showing up at School Board meetings to demand an end to what they see as oppressive tactics against White Americans. But Teachers, other than two, are not taking a stand and that is questionable.
Key Point: This is a good time to remember the Federal incentives for having teachers trainings. For example, The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. And other information on Federal Incentives for teachers who are empolyed as teachers, taking trainings is HERE.
Signaling there may be many teachers upset by pieces of training and lesson plans, last week a legal group announced the first lawsuit by a Drama teacher against her Evanston Illinois district over what she feels is an infringement on her Civil Rights. Now another school employee has stated he will quit his position as a site coordinator over a voluntary training that he took, and felt targeted by.
I interviewed the general counsel in the lawsuit brought by the Evanston teacher:
In the article Hermann, the General Counsel said that there would be many more teachers in other states stepping forward to take on their school over Equity and Critical Race Theory.
The country is experiencing a high level of teachers quitting, but not many are claiming it is because of CRT or Departments of Equity. There could be numerous reasons for that, including fear of retaliation, however, the fact remains not many teachers are going public over CRT and Equity.
One man in New Hampshire has quit over equity trainings he attended.
Breitbart.Com covered the resignation:
“Dan Concannon admits the resignation letter he emailed to the Manchester School District and Breitbart News is over the top and, as he described it, “bombastic” and even insulting. But Concannon said he felt justified after being asked to take part in critical race theory training.
Concannon told Breitbart News that he felt targeted by what he calls “anti-white” propaganda at the school.”
Penny Star for Breitbart reported further:
“My primary goal with doing this is to, number one, make people call this, and recognize this, for what it is.” Concannon said. “And that first and foremost before anything else, it is anti-white. “
In response to Concannon’s resignation and local news coverage about it, school officials said the training is not mandatory.
But Concannon took part in the virtual lessons that included sessions entitled “White Privilege,” “Cultural Compliance and Racial Bias,” “Youth Equity Stewardship, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”
One session, “The New 3Rs” — taken from the old-school cliche about reading, writing, and arithmetic — is based on a website by the same name as part of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy:
The New 3Rs unlocks civic and compassionate leadership at school, at home, and at work. We offer programs and resources to educate and empower children, parents, educators, and workplace leaders through a lens of racial justice and racial awareness.
The New 3Rs educates and empowers through the aRt of social justice storytelling, building Relationships, and fostering a sense of Responsibility. We are creating a more Civic and Compassionate Society — One Child at a Time.
GraniteGrok.com reported on his original letter on June 6th:
To Whom It May Concern:
I am filing a work-related complaint. I am submitting this directly to HR rather than discussing this with my supervisor – 21st Century Director Tom McGee.– as the material in question was assigned to me (assigned to all 21st Century Site Coordinators) with his awareness, or possibly at his direction.
[Here is the chart outlining the Training schedule that was sent to me. Note the racial training emphasis – Week 1, 3, 6, and 8 -Skip]
The preview to the training (which can be found here) states, in part:
“Deconstructing white privilege in the classroom requires educators and students to understand the origin of whiteness of and how the legacy of white supremacy endures.”
In the main audio presentation, of which there is also a transcript, the presenters go on to use the term “whiteness” no less than eighteen times. Regardless of any attempt to rationalize the deployment of this term or to guide its interpretation, this is an utterly dehumanizing term.
While the topics are divisive, and the groups behind the pieces of training are honest about their intent to enflame communities and make people uncomfortable about racial issues, the pieces of training for teachers are usually voluntary,. They are often supplied to the schools by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) or nonprofits, who are pushing an agenda, and not by the schools themselves, which could explain where there seems to be a lack of concern by the public over the pieces of training.
It seems strange that school boards, employees and teachers unions would so eagerly go along with the trainings without complaint about the obvious racism, discrimination and bigotry toward people with “white” skin.
The original story of Concannon’s resignation appears to have come from GirardAtLarge.com, and contains further details from Cocannon:
“NH June 28, 2021–Girard at-Large has obtained the Letter of Resignation of Daniel Cocannon, a site coordinator for the 21st Century after-school program operated by the Manchester School District. The letter, addressed to program director Thomas McGee, is a blistering indictment of the district’s “Diversity and Inclusion” training, about which Concannon filed a complaint with the district and the Board of School Committee on March 15, 2021. Two days later, www.NHJournal.com published a story about the district’s mandate that Concannon and his staff take the “Whiteness” training. At the time, Manchester Superintendent Dr. John Goldhardt told Girard at Large that the training was not mandatory. He did not answer follow-up questions about why the district would even offer such training, which he also said was available to teachers.
Rather than characterize the material, Girard at Large has linked to the full documents or included photos of them below.
In response to a request for comment, Goldhardt said only: “I wish him well in his future endeavors.” Goldhardt did not reply to a follow-up question asking if he had any comment on the substance of Concannon’s complaint.
Recently, the school board voted to oppose HB 544, which would have prohibited any government employee training that included teaching that any race was inherently superior or inferior to any other or that any race was inherently oppressive/racist or oppressed/victim of implicit racism.
Bottomline: There are Federal incentives for influencing ciriculums and offering continuing education credits. Figthing Cricital Race Theory and Departments of Equity may need to include a focus on those federal programs.
Going Down a Rabbit Hole:
There are plenty of places to jump in to learn more about how the Federal Government, itself is transforming the world of “teaching”.
Consider this from a Government site that shows but one program:
Transforming Teaching and Leading
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the great work of teachers throughout the country, who give of themselves to improve educational opportunities for all students. We support the work of teachers through initiatives and resources that lift the profession and help educators and students succeed.
Leading from the Classroom
Teach to Lead® is an initiative jointly convened by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD and the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s mission is to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership. This is achieved by providing resources, facilitating stakeholder consultation, and encouraging professional collaborations to develop and amplify the work of teacher leaders. Teach to Lead envisions a world in which teachers are valued as the foremost experts in instruction and, as such, are leaders of informing, developing, and implementing education policy and practice to steer systematic improvements to benefit student learning.
Mission: Teach to Lead envisions a world in which teachers are valued as the foremost experts in instruction and, as such, are leaders in developing, informing, and implementing education policy and practice to steer systemic improvements to benefit student learning.
- Increase pathways and opportunities for teachers to exercise leadership
- Elevate teacher voice to inform and develop policy and practice
- Expand existing efforts and create models to steer systemic improvements to benefit student learning
- Visit the Teach to Lead website and learn more.
- Questions? Contact us at: [email protected]
- Follow us on Twitter (@TeachtoLead) and Facebook (Teach to Lead).
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776