Common Terminology

Learn the new buzzwords/acronyms/concepts/groups:

CRT – Critical Race Theory:  a Marxist based ideology in which people are identified on the basis of their race and categorizes people as either oppressors or oppressed.  White people are the oppressors, everyone else is oppressed.  Children are taught that they are relegated to those roles and they must become activists in order to fight back.  More information can be found here.

Culturally Relevant Teaching:  a teacher modifies grading system, grades and expectations based on the race and/or culture of a child. This is the pathway for bringing Critical Race Theory into the classroom – the underlying principles are the same.

SEL – Social Emotional Learning.  This concept focuses classroom time on cultivating a student’s mindsets, values and behaviors.  Also seen by some as a way to replace parental values with another moral construct approved by the school. It became much more prominent of a discussion when children went to remote learning in 2020.   SEL is another way in which the focus has shifted away from academic achievements.  It has also turned into a way to promote Critical Race Theory principles. The ultimate goal is to force SEL into a daily ritual with constant reinforcement of CRT principles by the school.

EDSJIEquity, Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion (Manhattan Beach): committee set up by MBUSD to address the perceived injustices in the school district.  They hired CLEAR and UCLA CenterX as consultants.  The consultants are vocal supporters of Critical Race Theory, having written books that criticize “whiteness”.

REC – Race and Equity Committee (Redondo Beach): committee set up by RBUSD Superintendent. They have been advocating strongly to bring in the curriculum from Learning for Justice. To give a sense of the temperament of the committee members, one of them is active on social media posting comments such as: F*** the police; and If I see an American flag on a lawn, I assume they are white supremacists, among other offensive comments.

Equity Task Force (Hermosa Beach): committee set up by HBUSD. They utilized Portland schools as an example to be followed and they championed the hiring of Sheri Atwater. To their credit, they met on video. However, the latest task force that was recently formed will most likely not be on video, to ensure no visibility to the public.

Equity  –  Not the same as equality, in which all students are treated the same.  Equity is about equal outcomes, which can only be achieved through lower standards, because students achieve at different levels. 

UCLA CenterX – Consulting firm deeply steeped in Critical Race Theory that has been hired by the school to conduct training sessions to get teachers to acknowledge their implicit biases so they can change the way they teach.  They have begun by “training” the EDJSI committee, then will move onto larger groups.  Sessions start with 6 hours and will most likely be extended as a requirement for all teachers.  Dr. Orange leads the team and has written extensively about Culturally Responsive Teaching, whiteness, bias, and disruption of existing systems.  Expect her to recommend significant changes to the MBUSD teaching framework.

CLEAR – Center for Leadership, Equity and Research: Consulting firm deeply steeped in Critical Race Theory that has been hired by the school to conduct interviews and equity audits of students, teachers and parents.

Being an Anti-Racist – the thesis pushed by Ibram Kendi that any racial disparaties are due to racism (not education); to be anti-racist one must become anti-capitalist; the only remedy to past discrimination is future discrimination.  While this may seem non sensical, school districts are incorporating “being anti-racist” into teacher training.  His book, How to be an Anti-racist, is on the English departments’ recommended reading list for students.

Color blindness – treating all children the same is no longer de riguer.  Now, teachers should teach and actively discuss the various races of the children in the classroom and weave race conversations throughout all discussions. Not doing that, according to the CEO of CLEAR, “takes away the soul of the child.

Equity  –  Not the same as equality, in which all students are treated the same.  Equity is about equal outcomes, which can only be achieved through lower standards, because students achieve at different levels. 

Happening Now!

MB:  At the October 20 board workshop, MBUSD gave the go ahead to implement every recommendation from CLEAR, the CRT based entity. 
 
RB:  The school board is now talking about creating a Social Justice Committee in order to weave Social Justice throughout the curriculum.  Read about the California proposed math framework (Putting The Pieces of the Puzzle Together newsletter) in which math is no longer just math, it is about Social Justice.  In the world of Social Justice, Excellence in Education takes a back seat as ideology takes center stage in the classroom.  
 
HB:  the PTO is discussing the cancellation of the cherished Father Daughter dance. Fathers are an important part of a girl’s life and should be celebrated. All fathers should speak out against this – it is part of the overall push against the family unit.