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New Bill in Virginia Would Require Teachers to Undergo ‘Cultural Competency’ Training

New Bill in Virginia Would Require Teachers to Undergo ‘Cultural Competency’ Training

“History and social studies teachers applying for a license would also need an endorsement in African American history.”

Ever since the Democrats took over Virginia, they have been relentless about making radical changes there.

WTOP News reports:

Va. bill heading to governor’s desk would require teachers to get cultural competency training

A new bill headed to the Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk would require teachers to undergo training in cultural competency to get their teaching license in the state.

Identical bills passed through the state’s House of Delegates and Senate on Monday, leaving Northam’s signature as the final step.

The bill requires any person who is applying for a teaching license, as well as any teacher seeking to renew their license from the Virginia Board of Education, to complete training in cultural competency. History and social studies teachers applying for a license would also need an endorsement in African American history.

The legislation also requires the school board to include cultural competency in teacher, principal and superintendent evaluations.

In 2019, Northam formed the Virginia African American History Education Commission. Last summer, it advised that social studies standards should be revised to ensure that Black history and views on major historical events are incorporated into lessons on the nation’s past.

“Even though Virginia led the nation in developing high-quality content standards more than 25 years ago, the standards were tainted with a master narrative that marginalized or erased the presence of non-Europeans from the American landscape,” the commission said in its report.

“We need to realize that we have students that have grandparents that were denied the right to vote because of the color of their skin,” said Del. Schuyler T. VanValkenburg, a Democrat who represents Henrico County and is also a high school history teacher in Richmond.

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Anyone know what the cultural competency training includes? History teachers have always known that classes of people and genders at various times in our history could not vote. I, at least, was taught this. That being the case what ‘additional’ information would they need to know to be able to teach?

They already have a Sheltered English Instruction endorsement requirement in MA.

This is just another step in the destructive diversity scheme.

Grizzly:
As is common with many woke topics, “Sheltered English” is far too complex to summarize succinctly. May I suggest Google Is Your Friend?

All:
Who will develop these various Black Certifications? What criteria will control pass/fail? If you fail, then your job is toast. No chance for abuse here?? Will these be “cooperate and graduate” events? How will The State certify the new cottage industries as acceptable certifiers of the faith? Annual evaluation on your cultural competency = what does that mean to the average teacher?
And on and on and on……

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