Because our schools are Woke, baby!
At the risk of being slapped silly by Will Smith, Blaska will continue his assault on Woke pedagogy and their deniers. We’re trying to prevent news reporters like Elizabeth Beyer of the Wisconsin State Journal from becoming a modern-day Walter Duranty. Citing no sources, Ms. Beyer writes 02-06-22:
“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.”
It is more accurate to say that CRT is being taught, to one degree or another, in every Wisconsin public school rather than none at all. Not in every classroom by every teacher, perhaps, but the overall direction of Wisconsin public schools is to guilt-trip white kids for their implicit racism, to accord victim status to kids with darker complexions, and to blame society and history for poor academic performance and bad behavior.
It is no co-inky-dink that teachers elected a state superintendent of Public Instruction more woke than the Starbucks taste tester. Or that DPI is pumping out critical race theory in an Educational Equity Series that promises “to increase capacity for racial equity leadership among our Wisconsin educators.”
CRT philosophy is taught at the schools of education, especially on the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus, where the chancellor banished a 42-ton glacial rock after a clatch of social justice warriors accused it of racism.
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A researcher studying “The politicization of university schools of education” focused on UW-Madison, which the author says “may be the most influential public school of education in the country.” Taught in two courses at Madison’s teachers school is a tract titled “Education policy as an act of white supremacy.”
No one has done more to push CRT into the classroom than UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings, co-author of Critical Race Theory in Education. GLB calls existing school curricula a “culturally specific artifact designed to maintain a white supremacist master script.” You can tell a book by its outline:
Part One: Critical Race Theory in Education
1. Just what is critical race theory and what’s it doing in a nice field like education? — Gloria Ladson-Billings
2. Who’s afraid of critical race theory? — Derrick A. Bell
3. Education policy as an act of white supremacy: Whiteness, critical race theory and education reform— David Gillborn
Ladson-Billings is no outlier. She is the associate vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin, and she formerly served as the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently the president of the National Academy of Education and, for 2005-2006, was president of the American Educational Research Association. Yeah, DPI featured GLB in its on-line seminar for 02-24-22.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: If CRT isn’t taught in our K-12 schools, why are teachers schools teaching it?