Teaching racial grievance in your kids’ school
You can believe that Mike Gableman was on the verge of proving Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election stolen. You can testify that Hunter Biden didn’t peddle daddy’s influence. Swear that Alex Jones was right about Sandy Hook. Free country, and all.
But you’re a Loony Toons cartoon if you believe critical race theory is not taught in the public schools (as does WI State Journal education reporter Elizabeth Beyer). The unionized teachers in Madison WI are obsessed with corrosive identity politics and taxpayers are helping pay for it!
Their militant-left labor union, Madison Teachers Inc., has seeded over 60 “equity-centered leadership positions” through the Madison Metropolitan School District. They’ve posted a “guaranteed representative for staff of color” at each of the four main high schools. All part of MTI’s jihad for “education justice.” You’ve heard of “economic justice” (the politically correct term for socialism). MTI explains that “Education justice is racial justice.”
‘Her activism began in college …’
… and continued in the classroom.’ The labor union’s progressive political activism is housed in its “Education Justice Center.” It pays tuition for its K-12 member teachers to study critical race theory at seminars like “Justice for Breonna Taylor,” “Black Lives Matter at School,” and an exploration of black feminist organizations. The MTI Education Justice Center is now celebrating the hiring of a full-time coordinator:
Natasha Sullivan comes from La Follette high school where she worked as an English teacher. Her activism began at UW-Madison where she secured her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and continued throughout her career with her students in the classroom. A devoted advocate for our public schools, Natasha brings an intersectional * lens to the work and strives to continually support fellow educators in their own personal journeys toward education equity • and justice.
MTI reports Ms. Sullivan’s salary “is co-funded in partnership with MMSD.” The Werkes has requested what portion of her tab taxpayers are paying. UPDATE 08-16-22: The district’s most excellent public information director tells the Werkes: “$175K for LTE [limited term employment], Extended Employment, etc. to cover fall and spring cohorts. Part of this amount also includes the previous year’s cohorts with ongoing professional development and project development over the course of the school year.”
Gender, race, and class — oh my!
Critical Race Theory terminology
As defined by Pacific University, located west of Portland OR.
* Intersectionality — An approach largely advanced by women of color, arguing that classifications such as gender, race, class, and others cannot be examined in isolation from one another; they interact and intersect in individuals’ lives, in society, in social systems, and are mutually constitutive. Exposing [one’s] multiple identities can help clarify the ways in which a person can simultaneously experience privilege and oppression.
• Equity — Takes into consideration the fact that the social identifiers (race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.) do, in fact, affect equality. In an equitable environment, an individual or a group would be given what was needed to give them equal advantage. This would not necessarily be equal to what others were receiving. It could be more or different. Equity is an ideal and a goal, not a process. It insures that everyone has the resources they need to succeed.
Critical race theory in education challenges the dominant discourse on race and racism as they relate to education by examining how educational theory, policy, and practice are used to subordinate certain racial and ethnic groups.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: In other words, we’re all institutionally racist or just plain stupid for letting our kids be brainwashed with this neo-Marxist propaganda.