Find out what's being taught in schools
I attended many Taconic and Green School Board meetings, and learned that in general, zoom classes during the pandemic were not successful and that teachers deserve so much credit for creating a learning environment while students were still adjusting to life back in a classroom.
However, I took a course given to the teachers in the prior year on “implicit bias” and observed some concerning ideas that would be of interest to parents and the tax paying public. The “implicit bias” course material included terms like “wokeness,” “white privilege,” “trigger,” “microaggression,” “appropriate whiteness," and “white supremacy.” The Chair of the Board told me that one of the authors of an article included in the “implicit bias” course believes “appropriate whiteness” occurs when white people can be proud of themselves and their ethnic backgrounds without falling into the trap of white supremacy.
The above terms are the vocabulary of Critical Race Theory (CRT), which is not history, but rather a divisive theory based on Marxist ideology intended to fracture our nation, claiming that the United States is a regime of white supremacy. CRT proponents claim that “meritocracy” is nothing more than another example of “white supremacy.” It seems to me that parents would be very interested in knowing whether those terms can be introduced to their children. However the Board was not forthcoming about whether teachers can use those terms with their students, and they indicated they do not believe those terms are racist. The National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union, supports teaching Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, which is another historically inaccurate document.
Most are in favor of teaching the unabridged history of our country, but not in favor of teaching a child of K-8 grade level that they are privileged (or victims) because of the color of their skin, or that they have (or do not have) “appropriate whiteness.”
What can parents do? In 1974 Congress passed the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). Federal law allows parents to (1) review the curriculum used to instruct their children in public schools, and (2) prevent schools from asking highly personal questions about students’ sex lives, drug usage, and matters of that nature without parental consent.
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