Submitted by John Arbeeny.
The devil is in the details.
The OSPI “ACADEMIC AND STUDENT WELL-BEING RECOVERY PLAN: PLANNING GUIDE 2021” alleges to “Transform K–12 education to a system that is centered on closing opportunity gaps and is characterized by high expectations for all students and educators. We achieve this by developing equity-based policies and supports that empower educators, families, and communities.”
Sounds good doesn’t it but there’s that word “equity” which connects this to “Critical Race Theory” (CRT). As with many such “equity policies” what we have is the CRT wolf dressed in equity’s sheep clothing. Don’t believe it? Just take a look at OSPI examples in several school districts excerpted here.
“The Shoreline School District acknowledges that institutional racism exists within public school systems….”
“Those with power are dependent, in part, upon the racial groups they deprive to maintain their standing.”
“Students of color; students with disabilities; English language learners; immigrants and refugees; LGBTQ+ students; and Native American and Alaska Native students have all been negatively impacted by the institution of education.”
“Highline students have experienced significant, measurable, system-wide inequities in achievement due to institutional racism and institutional biases, and a failure to address how race; language; disability; socioeconomic status; country of origin; gender; gender identity and sexual orientation; and the intersectionality of those characteristics impact educational outcomes.”
“……. the recent incidents of violence against Black Americans highlights the systemic bias and institutional racism in our society that has senselessly and atrociously devastated so many Black lives throughout our country’s history;”
” ….this violence, racism, and disregard of human dignity and life reflect and perpetuate a system within which students, families, and staff of color and their families are oppressed and attacked, both through explicit racist actions as well as unconscious bias and microaggressions”
“The Camas School District Board of Directors stands in solidarity with the Black community, in our schools, district, and nation to condemn this violence and the blatant disrespect by some Americans for Black lives – we see it, we hear it, and we are committed to changing the system.”
“The Quincy School District seeks to disrupt and eliminate predictable patterns of inequity based on race, class, culture, ability, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and other group-based identities. Race continues to be the most persistent predictor of student performance.”
Oh OSPI stops short of endorsing these school districts’ racist rants but yet includes them as examples to follow. This is just a taste of the race based, CRT based attempt at “equity”. You have to wonder how long has this been going on that school Boards, Superintendents, administrators and teachers didn’t know or do something about it prior.
Well it hasn’t and they haven’t.
However CRT/equity gives the educational system an “out” on dismal measureable, fact based academic performance, replacing it with indefinable emotionally driven equity training. At the same time our greatest economic threats overseas are out producing us when it comes to educational excellence and an educated population.
But at least some of us will feel good (or bad depending on skin color) about ourselves so that’s something. In the meantime the ship of education will be sinking.