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Iowa Teacher of 25 Years Resigns Over Critical Race Theory Madness

Iowa Teacher of 25 Years Resigns Over Critical Race Theory Madness

“the beginning of the end for me in regards to my hope for public education”

Average people can see this for the insanity that it is. Congratulations to this teacher for taking a stand.

The Iowa Torch reports:

Iowa Teacher: Why I Resigned After 25 Years of Teaching

I am a veteran teacher who has served over 25 years as both a Special and General education teacher in the same school district. In my profession, I have been extremely flexible and open to research-based initiatives that our district has implemented throughout the years. Whatever types of “programs” the Department of Education has thrown our way – from No Child Left Behind to the Common Core – I have willingly incorporated elements of those “mandates” into my teaching. My classes ask students to critically examine sources of information, teaching them how to conduct research and how to express their opinions/findings based on EVIDENCE and corroboration of resources.

I examine issues of racism and inequity but also point out the great opportunities that this nation allows ALL people. I use the history of the interwar period in Germany to warn against the restriction of personal freedoms, the dehumanization of people groups, and the quashing of free expression. I also use this to encourage students TO vote (not HOW to vote) so that they can ensure that they still can enjoy personal liberties. Personally, I engage in daily reflection on my craft – what went well, what needs to be improved – in order to provide more effective learning opportunities for my students. It is a profession that I love and into which I have poured my heart and soul.

Unfortunately, the events of the past year have completely turned that passion on its head. After the George Floyd incident and the subsequent riots, my district announced that we would begin addressing the race issue by inviting a speaker from the local college to talk to us about equity and diversity during a couple of zoom sessions in the mornings of two of our first professional development (PD) days.

That would ultimately prove to be the beginning of the end for me in regards to my hope for public education.

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Comments

Teaching racism is to goal of Democrats.

    Dolce Far Niente in reply to ConradCA. | March 4, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    So-called “racism” is just a tool. The purpose is division. The Left desires people to be fractured into small quarreling groups, the more easily to bribe and coerce so as to keep the general populace from realizing their true enemy.

    Each victim group is first lionized and then discarded as their utility to the larger cause wanes.

      artichoke in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | March 4, 2021 at 3:08 pm

      Division, also called segregation, was consistent with a strong United States impervious to external invasion. I think they’re going for something else here, tearing down the dominant culture.

      thunderchuck in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | March 5, 2021 at 4:56 pm

      Classic,”Divide and Conquer”I was wondering when someone else would bring this up.

-Anything that upsets you is the fault of the White students with whom you are sitting.-

What could possibly go wrong with that?

Most teachers were not bothered by it, according to Mr. Kastendick. This mirrors what I saw in a parent meeting with a far-left consultant from Syracuse University. Most parents went along and saw nothing especially wrong with it.

Rather than thinking something like: this is so far out of bounds that we should fire the administrator who brought it to us. (He’s now the superintendent.)

daniel_ream | March 4, 2021 at 3:19 pm

25 year veteran teacher and he writes at about a 10th grade level, complete with emotional all-caps, quotation marks for emphasis, and slang instead of proper grammar.

The cancer set in a long time ago. This is just metastasis.

    caseoftheblues in reply to daniel_ream. | March 4, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    What’s wrong with you?…seriously I’d like to know…

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to caseoftheblues. | March 4, 2021 at 8:59 pm

      While the teacher is not perfect, the message gets across just fine. Some people are just overly pædantic. (and typing pedantic as “pædantic” is REALLY being pedantic!)

        It was the “in regards to” that was fingernails on the chalkboard for me. But yes, the MESSAGE got across just fine!

        daniel_ream in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | March 5, 2021 at 6:18 pm

        No, it’s not pedantry.

        It’s the fact that this guy has been a social studies teacher for 25 years and at no point has the fact that he can’t write above a tenth grade level been caught and corrected.

        The infestation of CRT into public education is merely the end stage of a very long process of lowered standards for teachers.

May this be the first of many dominoes.
It needs to fall and fall now!

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