Keep it clean, people!
Madison’s public schools want your input. So they say. The school district wants “your ideas about how MMSD can meet the three goals outlined in the Strategic Framework … and better understand your needs and concerns.” Understand that the district’s core values are all about “racial equity and social justice.” Buzz buzz buzz! In so many words:
A “core value” of Madison’s public schools is to “take responsibility for the ways that our current policies and practices serve to reproduce inequities, and we will take action to close the gaps in opportunity that lead to racialized outcomes for children and youth of color.”
Not just children but also Youth of Color! Not that Madison public schools are teaching CRT. Oh, no! As the Wisconsin State Journal repeats with the regularity of a Dulcolax user:
Critical race theory is a decades-old academic framework used to understand how racism has affected laws and institutions. The concept has become a primary campaign talking point among conservatives trying to galvanize their base and drive school board recalls.
The first dog and pony show is later today:
Wednesday, June 1 • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Memorial High School library, 201 South Gammon Road
Thursday, June 2 • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., La Follette High School, room C17, 702 Pflaum Road
Wednesday, June 8 • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., virtual session via Zoom.
See if you can slip in a few common sense solutions, such as:
- Ban cellphones in the classroom.
- Return school resource police officers.
- Abolish Jennifer Cheatham’s Behavior Education Plan.
- Demand results of restorative justice, now in its eighth year. Is it working?
- Put teachers back in control of their classrooms, principals back in control of their schools.
- Remove disruptive students.
- Quit teaching that minority race kids are victims and that some kids succeed only because of white privilege (aka: CRT).
- Build more charter schools.
- Quit stonewalling the public’s freedom of information requests.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Report back to the Werkes on your responses, if any. Or take a bicycle ride. Bonnie Roe attended the very first session in May and said “The opportunity for input was pretty limited.”