Submitted by Pad Finnigan.
What’s the deal?
Well, briefly, the school district wants to implement a racist policy that will pit white students against all others and label white students as oppressors and the others oppressed. That’s like segregation all over again. Not what Americans ever want again.
And maybe the worst part this obsession the school board has with race is that it shows they’ve fallen into the trap developed slowly and set carefully over decades to use race to divide our country into factions that will help turn it into a socialist utopia. Goodbye USA.
Details on that in a subsequent article.
But the immediate deal is this: it’s up to all of people of Lakewood to help stop this woke nonsense from taking hold in the Clover Park School District.
Attend the school board meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday Sept. 13 at the student services center. The school board and staff need to hear dozens and dozens of citizens say you don’t want them to approve this policy that evening, or ever. You’ll be given three minutes to express your desires.
So now, as a refresher, here’s more about the proposed school district policy.
The Clover Park School Board and staff has worked for half a year developing this racist policy. It is called an Equity Policy.
It explains how the district proposes to teach differently to students of different races and needs in order to improve the academic competency they achieve.
Just the existence of the proposed policy implicitly acknowledges the district’s failure over time to provide a solid academic background to its students that will ensure each student will succeed in adult life.
Though asked nearly a month ago to prove or show evidence how emphasizing race will improve students’ academic performance, neither the board nor superintendent have provided that data.
The six-page policy is full of academic jargon, such as “…a path to eliminate racial disparities and disproportionality.”
The policy’s title as an “Equity Policy” is interesting. Don’t confuse the word “equity” with “equality.” Equity is a word specially made up by academics who are hawking critical race theory nationally. In this draft Equity Policy, equity is defined as, “affirming diverse needs, removing barriers to access, and maintaining high standards and expectations.”
Does the color of your skin determine how and what you are taught? It shouldn’t.
What equity really means is equal results for all, not equal opportunity for all. Big difference.
The school district’s draft Equity Policy defines systemic racism as “…policies, practices, and programs that exclude or promote groups on the basis of race.”
Based on their own definition then, the district’s proposed policy is itself systemically racist.
The policy says, “We acknowledge that people of historically marginalized identities have been underserved and harmed by internal and external systems.”
Being given a label like “marginalized” invites students to feel victimized all throughout their time in school and to use that as an excuse whenever they need it the rest of their lives. Victims.
Marginalized communities are defined as those on the lower edge of society who have been discriminated against. That includes people of color and others, including people of a gender identity or sexual orientation.
A few specific things the district will do if this new policy is approved by the board on the 13th are:
- Train staff and teachers in implicit bias, microaggressions, restorative practices, classroom circles, homophobia, and systemic racism.
- Eliminate discipline disparities of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability.
- Use curriculum reflecting culture, identity voice and heritage of district students.
- Hire teachers and staff who reflect students’ diversity.
- Counter, disrupt and dismantle harmful ideas of colonization of native Americans.
- Embrace a holistic definition of student success
Note the intent to use different teachers, different discipline, and different messages for different “communities.”
CPSD teachers and some staff were required to undergo professional development training last year in educational equity. Part of that training included the concept of white power and privilege, a concept labeling white people as oppressors of marginalized groups that is commonly seen in diversity training curriculum in American culture today. That concept will of course find its way into classrooms should this Equity Policy be approved.
Can this race-based policy possibly solve the downward trajectory of so many of the district’s academic results? We say no.
A better and pretty obvious solution to fixing the problems of the district is to replace the people at the top. Get better leadership on the school board. Then monitor each student’s learning as it proceeds.
Two incumbent school board members are enthusiastically all-in for the Equity Policy, and they are running for re-election in the November election. Remove them from office and change the direction of the school district and our children’s futures. Elect David Anderson and Jeff Brown to the school board.
NOTE – two follow-on parts of this article will review the history of critical race theory, its evil objectives, and some of the influential outside groups pushing it in education.