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:
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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.