“That speaks more to the type of hearing they wanted than the information they wanted to gather,” he told journalists after the hearing. “They wanted to hear from their friends who would support their political topics of conversation.”
Any comment on CRT should include that Missouri is 49 out of 50 in state education funding for the K-12. If they pretend to care about teaching and the quality of our schools, then maybe they should fund education. Let’s hold them accountable.
– Spencer Toder for the Senate (@SpencerToder) July 19, 2021
Republican Senator Cindy O’Laughlin said she intended for the hearing of the Joint Committee on Education Parents who felt ignored when raising concerns about Critical Racial Theory in their children’s schools. “I found it important today to hear from people who tried to go through the official cycle of authority in their districts and were basically turned away,” she told her colleagues.
O’Laughlin said an associate professor of black history she invited had decided not to testify but she was “sure this won’t be the last interview.”
Republicans across the country have made efforts to ban critical racial theory in public schools, but it’s worth noting that the high school framework wasn’t taught in many K-12 schools anyway. The GOP campaign was about redefining critical racial theory to mean anything even remotely related to race, bias, or racism and banning those issues. In Tennessee, a group of parents stopped for Author Robert Coles’ The Story of Ruby Bridges, a classic about a six-year-old girl’s work integrating a New Orleans school in 1960, is too closely tied to Critical Racial Theory. In Texas, the Republican-led Senate is trying to pass a bill that no longer mandates teachers, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream,” the Emancipation Proclamation, women’s suffrage, Native American history, and the works of civil rights activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta – all are considered critical racial theory.
Republican Senator Mike Moon presented the governor with a letter, signed by 67 members of the Missouri General Assembly, urging the governor earlier this month to issue an executive order banning critical racial theory in schools and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project” by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. The project rightly claims that “no aspect of the land” was “untouched by the years of slavery” that followed the arrival of the first slave ship in the coastal port of Virginia in August 1619.
“Since the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is part of the executive branch of the Missouri government, the governor has the power to exercise authority over the department,” Moon wrote in his letter. “I believe that the destructive nature of this type of doctrine requires immediate action from the executive branch until the legislature can deal with it.”
Governor Mike Parson tweeted his rejection of the critical theory of race in a thread Monday night. “Critical Race Theory (CRT) has nothing to do with being taught in Missouri classrooms – but the vast majority of our schools don’t,” he said. “Schools in Missouri teach diversity, equality and inclusion to prepare our students for life and the workforce by enabling them to better understand and respect each other’s differences. However, we do NOT need the extreme teachings of the CRT to to achieve this goal. ” .
“I believe in local control, and our state has a long history of valuing local control, so local school districts have legal authority over the curriculum. Each school receives direct input from teachers and parents and knows best how to do it Issues. ” Pastor tweeted.
For many educators, this intense setback against critical racial theory is nothing more than a rejection of any history that white racists do not approve of. Rydell Harrison, a Connecticut superintendent, said NBC news He resigned at the end of June. Harrison, a rare leader in the predominantly white EAston, Redding and Region 9 District, responded to calls to step up diversity efforts after the assassination of George Floyd by actually stepping up diversity efforts. But after his criticism of the US Capitol uprising in January, views of his work changed and local conservatives began to circulate leaflets questioning his work. “People asked me, ‘Was it one flyer too many?’ And it wasn’t just that one thing, “Harrison said in a Facebook post. “It was the collection of all of these pieces and the emotional and personal toll of being a black man doing this job and facing very obvious attacks from left and right.”
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