Yes Virginia Democrats want critical race theory in your schools

An anti-critical racial theory panel takes place at a Loudon County School Board meeting in Ashburn, Va. On June 22, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein / Reuters)

Central to the defense of Democrats and their class of experts in the controversy over Critical Race Theory and other forms of the same core ideology in Virginia schools is the denial that such something has something to do with public school in Virginia. Yet here we are, the day before election day, and the Virginia Department of Education’s “EdEquityVA” website is still online, and it’s a treasure trove of precisely that sort of thing. There is a page on “anti-racism in education”:

Tackling racism requires recognizing that racist beliefs and structures are ubiquitous in education, and then actively working to break down those beliefs and structures. Strategic planning around racial equity that does not include systemic analysis of racism helps maintain systems of oppression… In classroom practice, anti-racist pedagogy recognizes the importance of racial and cultural identities, honors them. voices and experiences of people of color, teaches through collaboration and dialogue, examines power and oppression, examines discrimination as systemic, critiques school traditions and advocates for advocacy…Building on Critical Race Theory, the term “white supremacy” also refers to a political or socio-economic system in which whites enjoy structural advantages and rights that other racial and ethnic groups do not have, both collectively and individually.

The page includes many suggested reading sources steeped in this kind of rhetoric. Then there is the “What we read” page:

that of Virginia #EdEquityVA the work is informed by literature, best practices and research. Below are the resources that the Office of Equity and Community Engagement refers to in the development of our work, as well as the texts we recommend:

  • Talk about fairness: A Guide to Culturally Courageous Leadership in School Communities by John Roert Browne II
  • Education adapted to culture and the brain by Zaretta Hammond
  • Guardians of dreams: Successful Teachers of African American Children by Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • Culture-appropriate education: Theory, Research and Practice (third edition) by Geneva Gay
  • To push: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris
  • We want to do more than survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love
  • How to be anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Pedagogy of the oppressed by Paulo Freire
  • Using Fairness Audits to Create Fair and Great Schools by Linda E. Skrla
  • Cultural competence: a manual for school leaders by Randall B. Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Raymond D. Terrell and Delores B. Lindsey
  • Race, equity and education: sixty years from Brown by Pedro Noguera, Jill Pierce, Roey Ahram
  • Courageous Conversations on Race: A Practical Guide to Achieving Equity in Schools by Glen Singleton
  • Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education by Edward Taylor and David Gillborn and Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • Making It: what today’s children need for tomorrow’s world
  • Four Hundred Souls – A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
  • Cultural competence – A handbook for school leaders, 4th edition
  • Revolutionary Leadership – Six Principles Guiding Schools Where Iniquity Is Not an Option

If you click on the Taylor, Gilborn and Ladson-Billings link, you get this description:

The emergence of Critical Race Theory (CRT) marked a pivotal moment in the history of racial politics within the academy and powerfully influenced the broader conversation about race and racism in the United States. and beyond. Comprised of articles by some of the foremost scholars in the field of CRT, this groundbreaking anthology is the first to bring together both foundational writings and more recent research on the school’s cultural and racial policy. The collection offers a variety of critical perspectives on race, analyzing the causes, consequences and manifestations of race, racism and inequality in schools. Unique to this updated edition are a variety of contributions by key CRT researchers published over the past five years, including an all-new section devoted to the intersections of race and disability in contemporary education. Each section ends with a series of questions and talking points to delve deeper into the issues covered in the readings. This revised edition of a landmark publication documents the progress to date of the CRT movement and acts to further stimulate developments in educational policy, critical pedagogy and social justice, making it a crucial resource for students and scholars. educators.

“What we read”, indeed. This is what the Virginia state government, under the leadership of Ralph Northam, is endorsing. This is what Terry McAuliffe wants to continue, while denying that it exists. No wonder Virginie’s parents noticed.

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