I have here in my hands …
Thanks to the Simpson Street Free Press for hosting a Madison school board debate Thursday 03-17-22. We’ll include the link when it is posted.
Must admit, was taken aback by the Wisconsin State Journal’s question. Reporter Elizabeth Beyer asked Blaska which classrooms are teaching critical race theory? Suppose she wanted your write-in candidate for Seat #4 to rat out “Mr. Burns’ 3rd-period ancient and medieval history class at Memorial; Mrs. Hying’s 4th-period geometry class, Mr. Sorensen’s study hall at Shabazz, the lunch lady at East …
“Critical Race Theory, an academic framework that focuses on racism embedded in the nation’s laws and institutions … isn’t taught in any of Wisconsin’s K-12 schools.”
None of them! A flat-out statement of incontrovertible fact! Ms. Beyer’s story that Sunday was in service to the establishment myth that conservatives are politicizing local school board races to build a farm team for higher office. (Blaska is coming for you, Tammy!)
“In my decades of being actively involved with or observing the Madison schools this is the flat out worst school board I have ever seen.” — former Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz.
“If it’s not critical race theory, it’s critical race theory-lite,” Columbia University professor John McWhorter explains in the New York Times. McWhorter (himself a black man) is the author of Woke Racism; “How a new religion has betrayed black America.”
McWhorter defines CRT as “See[ing] white people as potential oppressors and black people as perpetual victims of an inherently oppressive system. This “critical approach has trickled down,” McWhorter writes, “into … education-school pedagogy and administration … and from there migrated … into the way they wind up running schools.”
Blaska averred that the WI Department of Public Instruction is pumping Critical Race theory directly into Wisconsin classrooms. That’s school board member Ananda Mirilli’s day job at DPI. Ananda works for DPI’s Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network. 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.
Compare DPI’s statement 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 … to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites.
→ Applying an “equity lens’ to academics. A DPI specialty.
Back to last night at Simpson Street, school board president Ali Muldrow was talking the CRT lingo when she accused minority race school resource police officers of “criminalizing” black and brown children. Blaska asked if the school board president was blaming the beat-down of that autistic kid on the police. Or the serial student brawls at East. Or the gun toting at La Follette. Or the …
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Madison public schools not only teach CRT, they practice it.