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Glenn Youngkin Releases Report on Efforts to Fight Critical Race Theory

Glenn Youngkin Releases Report on Efforts to Fight Critical Race Theory

“a 30-day report on government actions to rescind discriminatory policies, programs, and resources”

https://youtu.be/JLFRm4USxkI

Glenn Youngkin has really hit the ground running. He is delivering on the issues he ran on.

The Daily Wire reports:

Youngkin Releases Education Report On Efforts To Fight CRT, ‘Discriminatory’ Programs

On the heels of Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin signing an executive order on his first day in office to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public schools, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has compiled a 30-day report on government actions to rescind discriminatory policies, programs, and resources.

VDOE’s report was compiled by Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. The document is in accordance with Balow’s role to address “inherently defined divisive concepts” in education, which are defined as “advancing any ideas in violation of Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

“All Virginia students should have the opportunity to receive an excellent education that teaches all history — the good and the bad, prioritizes academic excellence, and fosters equal opportunities for all students,” Youngkin said in a statement. “Our Virginia students should not be taught to discriminate on the basis of sex, skin color, or religion and VDOE policies should certainly not direct such concepts.”

The report outlines eight items that the administration has or is currently targeting, particularly related to EdEquityVA. The department was established by Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam in 2021 with the goal of implementing equity and “establishing concrete plans to dismantle any and all forms of systemic racism in Virginia’s public education system utilizing the principles of anti-racism.”

VDOE is rescinding all resources on EdEquityVA’s website. This includes rescinding a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Audit Tool that serves as the main resource for EdEquityVA — which has been used by school leaders to implement DEI and anti-racism. Anti-racism, a term popularized by writer Ibram X. Kendi, calls for the dismantling of so-called systemic racism.

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Sadly, this is a losing battle. As long as the “schools of education” are turning out teachers indoctrinated in CRT, CRT will continue to be worked into what those teachers teach. And the next democrat administration will simply undo the prohibitions against CRT.

A strategy more likely to succeed is to implement comprehensive school choice.

    artichoke in reply to gibbie. | February 28, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    I won’t let you discourage me. According to your comment on my post, teachers have some academic freedom to omit whatever they want from the curriculum if they don’t believe it. Even college research faculty, who are qualified to offer professional opinions on whether a proposition is true or not (unlike school teachers) will generally present more views rather than less, and if something is untrue, they’ll disprove it rather than cancelling it. The idea that school teachers should just omit it is further evidence of lack of qualification to judge. One cancels what one cannot defeat fairly.

    Nope, I want to root out what goes on in class each day. It’s a public setting, it is NOT therapy. For private therapy there are therapists, often there’s a school psychologist. The classroom is no place for therapy or anything that would be hidden.

    Paul in reply to gibbie. | February 28, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    School Choice should be a Civil Right

    The teacher’s unions must be broken; they are toxic and killing this country. Their leadership are neo-Marxist scum, and a large number of the rank-and-file are too stupid to realize where they’re being led.

How about encouraging and enabling discussion with students of what goes on in each of their classes? That way, if CRT is worming its way in, it can be discovered and rooted out.

As Ben Shapiro, teachers should be scared of trying to sneak stuff into the curriculum. They are not PhD researchers, they have no need of academic freedom because they are not qualified to evaluate the quality of the information they teach vs. other information. That’s not their job, not their level of intellectual qualification. I am being cold and direct here on purpose.

I don’t have to be nice to teachers. That ended when I was 17 years old. And now I am their employer through school taxes.

They are hired to deliver a specific defined curriculum to children and teenagers. That’s ALL. They can be fired for doing anything else.

    gibbie in reply to artichoke. | February 27, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    The question is whether you want your child’s teacher to be wholeheartedly committed to teaching your child according to your wishes. This is much more likely if you are able to send your child to a school of your own choosing.

    I would go further and assert that it is abusive to force a teacher to teach something they do not believe in order to avoid being fired.

    The idea that you employ teachers because you pay school taxes is a fantasy. Teachers are employed by their school district.

      henrybowman in reply to gibbie. | February 27, 2022 at 8:47 pm

      “I would go further and assert that it is abusive to force a teacher to teach something they do not believe in order to avoid being fired.”

      They can quit. Same as I could.

      daniel_ream in reply to gibbie. | February 28, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      I would go further and assert that it is abusive to force a teacher to teach something they do not believe in order to avoid being fired.

      Well, that’s utter tripe, I have to follow project management methodologies I don’t believe in (and that provably don’t work) or be fired. If I don’t like it I can find another job that uses a different PM framework. So can they.

        daniel_ream in reply to daniel_ream. | February 28, 2022 at 2:39 pm

        I should note this is just more of the soi-disant right whining that “what you believe” should be a protected ground for discrimination. They really haven’t thought that through, they just want Big Daddy Government to give them the presents instead of the Other Guys.

      artichoke in reply to gibbie. | February 28, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      They don’t have to be wholeheartedly committed. It might even do students some good to see a worker (their teacher) doing a job they don’t like, but doing it anyway. That’s the working world we aspire that those students will one day be qualified to enter, at some level low or medium.

      If teaching were a matter of wholehearted commitment, we wouldn’t to pay them, give them ridiculous levels of job protection they didn’t earn and have no professional need for (tenure for a non-researcher, why??), and bulletproof pension obligations. A subsistence pay level would attract the truly committed.

      I don’t really support that idea, but it dismisses the thought that teachers are entitled to certain feelings about their jobs. No they only have to do them competently, and I don’t care about their feelings.

All Virginia students should have the opportunity to receive an excellent education that teaches all history — the good and the bad, prioritizes academic excellence, and fosters equal opportunities for all students,”

This the best comment ( coming out of a DoE) that I have read in a long time