CRT does NOT teach history
The Wisconsin State Journal recently named two women and one black man to take the stink off an editorial board consisting entirely of white men. It’s what you have to do these days. Just hope Sunday’s editorial does not foretell more equivalency (See: “The sin of …”)
The Journal wants Gov. One-Term Tony to veto a Republican bill banning critical race theory from our public schools.
“Teaching our nation’s history — the good, bad, ugly and inspiring — is critical. Trying to ban “critical race theory” is not.”
At least a dozen other states have enacted such laws. Teaching hate should be outlawwed. But we take their point that it is difficult to wrap state statute around concepts like CRT. The better solution is for common sense citizens to run for school board (that’s where the action is!), then hire a superintendent from outside the education establishment. (If WI legislators want to make a real difference, please remove the requirement of state DPI certification for such superintendents that today prevents a Kaleem Caire from supervising a school district. Get someone who has never been polluted by schools of education.)
The point is, Madison schools ASSUME your racism:
Educators and staff, please click here to check out a comprehensive anti-racist curriculum with lessons, videos, vocabulary, audio projects, downloadable learning materials and a wealth of resources accessible to you to bring more structure and intentionality to topics about race, biases and social justice … and check out these video interviews … on the importance of improving the overall MMSD student experience while striving to dismantle systemic racism in the classrooms.
WSJ editorial page editor Scott Milfred tells the Werkes:
“The main point of our editorial isn’t to define what critical race theory is. It is to side with local control of schools, free inquiry and free speech. … Do you really think ‘There oughta be a law’ so government can ‘fix’ what an occasional teacher is saying in Middleton or Burlington? We don’t.”
Problem is, Scott Milfred, it’s not the “occasional teacher” — maybe in Burlington but not Madison or Middleton. Not when a major teachers union demands teaching about “structural racism and oppression.” (More here.)
The apostles of CRT are a clever bunch
Take this example from The Nation, a progressive instruction book.
“The Oklahoma bill banning what they call critical race theory prohibits teaching the concept that a person “by virtue of his or her race bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race.” What actions in the past committed by white people do you think they don’t want students to learn about in Oklahoma?”
Could the sleight of hand be more obvious? The Nation correctly states the premise of CRT up front: that a person is held responsible for actions committed in the past by the same race. Then the question does a 180 by likening opposition to CRT to suppressing the teaching of history!
Ironically, a response to that Nation article makes more sense than the WI State Journal. Caleb Melamed writes:
Identity politics is wrecking progressive thought and action. True progressivism is vigilant to issues of race and prejudice, and always seeks to correct historical injustices … Identity politics reverses his priority by stressing divisions of society, and the grievances of its individual components. In this way, identity politics becomes the enemy of true progressive politics. It has a nasty tendency to make members of historically dominant groups presumptively guilty by their mere historical membership in these groups … This is particularly true of Critical Race Theory.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Every one of the seven Madison school board members are critical race theorists.
I’ve never really thought of it this way before. According to Robert Woodson, founder/president of the Woodson Center and a Civil Rights pioneer, if you teach CRT’s hateful and bogus imaginary ideology of “white supremacy” , you are inadvertently teaching “black inferiority”.
Nothing inherent in CRT is aspirational, but then again, neither is Marxism. CRT aims down, perpetuating a victim mentality and the notion of victimhood, “systemic” and perpetual oppression. Marxist CRT ideologies only seek to tear down. CRT doesn’t build up the individual or the culture necessary for America to prosper or for just societies to thrive.
CRT does not unify; it’s a discriminatory and divisive ideology. CRT is achieving its proponents’ obvious goal, which is to divide Americans. Teaching CRT is perpetuating a hateful racial ideology.
Americans are divided by playing the proglobotic game of identity politics. All Americans can and should unite under Old Glory, America’s motto In God We Trust and “E Pluribus Unum”.
Even if they’re not, proglobots should pretend to identify as regular, rational, normal Americans.
America doesn’t welcome hyphentaed harridans of hate. Instead of teaching CRT, public schools should teach citizenship, patriotism and love for your own country. Teach your children well.
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Is a hyphenated harridan of hate not unlike a nattering nabob of negativism?
Your picture of those poor children says it all, Dave. That is precisely the result (and intent) of this poisonous & racist ideology.
CRT and similar doctrines have permeated our schools with their toxic sludge. If this weren’t the case, parents groups wouldn’t be organizing and forming PACs in Wisconsin and in other states.
WSJ is misinformed and their opinion is one dimensional. Exactly what I’ve come to expect from today’s media.
“Problem is, it’s not the “occasional teacher” — maybe in Burlington but not Madison or Middleton. Not when a major teachers union demands teaching about “structural racism and oppression.”
I don’t know if I would want to run for school board but if you find someone who wants to run and will stand for our principles of a free people, free markets and our children who are not educated to hate people based on their race. And Good Dog, Happy Man IS CORRECT in his statement that in teaching critical race theory you are inadvertently teaching “black inferiority”.
We had that candidate here.
Agree with the post and the comments. Sadly, unless very deeply pocketed, the Board of Ed candidates you dream of are the productive type who have jobs to get cancelled and businesses to be slurred or sued or worse. The Alinskiesque tactics of the entrenched school mob make your proposition a losing one.
Of course, the dysfunction in the public school is rooted far, far deeper than mere personnel and Board peeps. The CRT folks are right about one thing; there’s a systemic problem. It’s what we ought to expect when we allow the most vulnerable members of our community to be immersed in THE SWAMP, the toxic stew of the political realm.
It’s a Tragedy. It’s the Commons. This trajectory of fail ends only one way and we all know what that is. Even the political acolytes know it.
I’ll run for school board. Here’s my platform
1) No Darwin. That Darwin guy looked like Gov. Evers, and we all know that Evers is a wuss.
2) No Marx (with one exception – teachers are allowed to quote Groucho Marx when he said, “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know.”).
3) No physics
Physics teaches the following:
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars
It’s a hundred thousand light years side to side
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick
But out by us, it’s just three thousand light years wide
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know
Twelve million miles a minute and that’s the fastest speed there is
This can’t be true. It defies the laws of physics.
4) No chemistry.
If they understand chemistry, they’ll understand how vaccines work.
4) Phys Ed will be taught by members of the Michigan Militia.
5) We must insist that the children be taught that the U.S.A. is an exceptionable country. Therefore, they must never be told that we lost the wars in Cuba, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
After you contribute to Matt Gaetz, Rudy Guiliani and Kyle Rittenhouse, please contribute to my campaign.
Oh, please. How silly this is.
I tried getting to the MMSD ‘comprehensive anti-racist curriculum’ link above and couldn’t get thru. Apparently, only school district employees have access – not us poor shmuck parents. Has anyone gotten in? I’d love to read this if so.