Math and English? Not so much!
Critical race theory is not being taught in Madison’s schools. That is the official position of our favorite morning daily newspaper published here in the Emerald City. Elizabeth Beyer says it is so. We have to take her word for it, because the newspaper reporter cites no other authority for this:
Critical Race Theory, an academic framework that focuses on racism embedded in the nation’s laws and institutions and isn’t taught in any of Wisconsin’s K-12 schools.
Then why is the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the state taxpayer-funded school overseer, promoting CRT?
The seminars are sponsored by the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network, which is operated out of DPI at 125 Webster St., Madison. Three DPI employees coordinate the outreach, including Madison school board member Ananda Mirilli.
“Equity is not a mere alternate word for equality, but harbors an assumption: that where the races are not represented roughly according to their presence in the population, the reason must be a manifestation of (societal) racism.” — John McWhorter.
What spin can one put on the Educational Equity Leadership seminars other than to conclude that state Schools Superintendent Jill Underly believes our K-12 schools are fundamentally racist? “Equity” and “Disproportionality” are telltale CRT buzz words. The promo for one of its presentations, “Race: the Power of an Illusion,” declares:
Race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions “make” race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.
We wish our social institutions had channeled a little more wealth our way! More power and status would be nice, too. Compare the definition above with that of Encyclopedia Britannica:
Critical race theory (CRT) is an intellectual and social movement … based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature … but a socially constructed … category … to oppress and exploit people of color … inherent in the law and legal institutions of the United States … to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites.
What is the end game?
We are waiting for the panjandrums at DPI and the university schools of education to reveal their end game. Exactly what would “fix” the racial achievement gap (given that they’ve failed miserably so far)? More money, of course. But how much will be enough?
- How much power must be reallocated to get young Tavion to quit wrecking stolen cars?
- How many years will it take a black superintendant and majority minority school board to fix Madison schools?
- Do they contend there is a black way to teach and a black way to learn? How did Dr. Ben Carson perform brain surgery without the good offices of the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Teachers can teach students but they cannot learn them. Learning is a discipline. If the home isn’t teaching that fundamental skill, the schools must.