As with all school districts in the South Bay, MB board members deny they are weaving CRT across the curriculum. We can point specifically to their actions that demonstrate otherwise:

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. 

What Can you Do?

Join the group of parents fighting back!

Send an email to WeTheParentsMB@gmail.com and let them know you care about what is happening in our schools.  You are not alone in your concerns.

Meet with School Board members and ask them why they are implementing recommendations from a CRT based entity but denying they are infusing CRT into the curriculum. The evidence is there.  

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.  

Look at Google Classroom and Assignments

Be aware of what is being taught in the classroom.  If Learning for Justice or Black Lives Matters curriculum is being used, examine the assignment.  Let us know so we can compile and track what is happening.  There are ways to file formal complaints against teachers, particularly if they hide curriculum from the parents.  Talk to your children and have them alert you if teachers hide curriculum. 

Insist that the School Board BANS Learning for Justice and Black Lives Matter from the Curriculum as well as the 1619 Project.  

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. 

Insist that the EDSJI meetings are held publicly and videotaped so their discussions are not secret.  

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. 

Get to know your board members

Currently serving board members can be found on the MBUSD website here.

Know when meetings are scheduled

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.

View Upcoming Agendas and Meetings

To learn about what has been discussed in the past, and what will be on the docket for future meetings, please visit this link.

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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.