www.ClearVoz.com that writes extensively about CRT, with a CEO who has said that teaching CRT should be mandatory. See here for their papers on CRT: http://clearvoz.com/an-introductory-essay-on-critical-race-theory/, http://clearvoz.com/essays-on-critical-race-theory-part-2/, and http://clearvoz.com/essays-on-critical-race-theory-part-3/. At the October 20 workshop, the board approved the adoption of every recommendation without question or concern about the impact on education or the students. For more information on the audit recommendations, read the newsletter here.
That meets behind closed doors to ensure that their recommendations and influences are hidden from the public eye. If there was nothing to hide, their meetings would be recorded for public viewing. These committees serve as the pathway to weave CRT throughout the curriculum. This committee is the driving force behind many of the changes to the curriculum and the hiring of CRT based consultants.
who advocates for Culturally Responsive Teaching which requires teachers to (among other things) – examine their identities; acknowledge their bias; know that teaching is not color blind; intentionally engage students in complex and controversial matters (aka politics) and intentionally disrupt existing practices. Bottom line – Culturally Response Teaching requires the indoctrination of teachers first, with an ultimate goal of completely redefining educational practices and politicizing the classroom. Dr Orange is one of the authors of the book “All Students Must Thrive”. On Amazon this book is described as: This book brings together three frameworks relevant for equity in schools – wellness, critical pedagogy, and critical race theory.
(Catcher in the Rye is out, SLAY is in). The English department recommends the reading of Ibram Kendi’s “How to be an AntiRacist”, which among other things, posits that the way to remedy past discrimination is future discrimination.
which prominently promotes Social Justice and has an Office of Climate dedicated to DEI initiatives. See link here. The school district promotes Teaching For Justice and the 1619 Project, among other things, which provide the pathway for CRT principles.
We are now hearing instances of teachers verbally telling parents they are utilizing Learning For Justice and either NOT putting the assignment in Google Classroom or REMOVING the reference to Learning for Justice to ensure parents stay in the dark. This happened with a teacher at Pennekamp and a Social Studies teacher – and we do not believe they are isolated instances. As we have noted in previous newsletters, Learning for Justice is a CRT based organization. This has been done without parent input and without parent consent.
CLEAR is proud of their dedication to Critical Race Theory. They make no secret of their position on CRT. See this newsletter which discusses this CRT based entity: Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together. The CEO believes CRT should be mandatory in schools. The School Board continues to deny they are integrating CRT into the curriculum but the hiring of CLEAR demonstrates this to be untrue. Absent parent pressure, the school board will continue down the path of implementing CRT, using CLEAR’s recommendations to transform education in MBUSD. Hence, October 20 is the most important meeting of the MB school board. It is imperative that people show up and speak out against any recommendations from CLEAR, as it is “clear” that their perspective is tainted by their ideology.
Some of the Pennekamp teachers and other teachers are already weaving this into the curriculum. They should be told that Marxist based political entities have no place in the classroom. The teaching of Marxism principles violates California Education Code. See link here. The School Board needs to be PROACTIVE and prevent teachers from adopting rogue teaching methods. If this is not banned by the district, teachers will be free to violate Ed code and by the time parents find out what is being taught to their children, it is too late (note Redondo Beach 4th grade BLM instructional videos). With regards to the 1619 project, at the Oct 20 meeting, board member underscored the importance of teaching “true history”. Do your own research on this discredited academic paper and talk to your school board members and see for yourself where this is headed. Without parent pushback, curriculum will dramatically change.
Eventually their recommendations are made public. But in the meantime, parents are at a disadvantage and have minimal time to organize and push back. This is a purposeful strategy on behalf of the school and should not continue.
Currently serving board members can be found on the MBUSD website here.
One of the most effective tools we can use to get our message out is to attend school board meetings. To know when School board meetings for Manhattan beach are scheduled click here.
To learn about what has been discussed in the past, and what will be on the docket for future meetings, please visit this link.