Wednesday, November 10, 2021

REVELATION: CRT Still Being Taught in Virginia K-12 Schools Despite Denial by Leaders

Source: Parents Defending Education

By: Defending Ed

In recent weeks, many leaders have asserted, “Critical race theory is not taught in Virginia schools.” As we can see with a contract in Loudoun County, Va. (example No. 2), “critical race theory development” is literally taught to teachers in public schools. And as we can see from the other examples here, the pedagogy of critical race theory — using race as a prism through which to view the world and teach subject matters from history to literature, science and math — informs many other cases of instructional time, professional development and public posturing by school and school board officials.

  • Since Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Fairfax County Public Schools staffer Rob Kerr has been teaching a regular two-hour, seven-class course, “AC-1608: How to Be an Antiracist Educator,” to school district teachers at Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia, according to a copy of the syllabus that a whistleblower provided Parents Defending Education.
  • Despite statements from school district officials and others that critical race theory is not taught in Virginia schools, the course includes lessons steeped in the divisive, racially-charged, race-obsessed ideology of critical race theory, including a module: “Exploring and Understanding Whiteness.” 
  • What’s more, they have to study the ideas of consultant Glenn Singleton, founder of the Pacific Educational Group Inc., regarding “The Sixth Condition-Let’s Talk About Whiteness,” which argues that “whiteness” is a problem

2. Loudoun County Public Schools signed a contract with the Equity Collaborative to teach “critical race theory development.” 

3. Virginia Department of Education has overhauled social studies curriculum to be aligned with critical race theory concepts of being new “anti-racist” and “culturally responsible.” 

  • Colleen Eddy, Fairfax County Public Schools social studies coordinator, said the new curriculum addresses the “overrepresentation of white and Eurocentric history” and the lack of “diverse perspectives” in education.
  • She said African-American history “deserves a truer and fuller account.”

On Sept. 9, 2021, Fairfax County Public Schools signed “Amendment 2,” a new agreement to pay $2,445,300 to Panorama Education to collect confidential data on “all” 180,000+ K-12 Fairfax County Public School children, a $599,640 increase over the already outrageous $1,845,660 contract inked on June 8, 2021. Parents criticized the contract as data mining.

A parent notified Parents Defending Education in mid-September that Panorama Education was cofounded by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s son-in-law, raising questions about whether Garland has a conflict of interest in issuing a memo in early October targeting parents protesting school board decisions, such as the Panorama Education contract.

5. Virginia Department of Education hosted webinar speaker who instructed teachers not to discuss Islam while teaching about 9/11 attack

On Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, the Virginia Department of Education posted a webinar in which a speaker trains teachers not to discuss Islamic extremism or “American exceptionalism” while teaching about the 9/11 attacks, guiding them instead to focus on “anti-Muslim racism.”

Parents in Virginia shared the video with Parents Defending Education, expressing deep concern about the revision of historical facts in the lesson guidelines and the insensitivity of the speaker and the state agency to the trauma and facts of the 9/11 attacks.

On Sept. 1, 2021, after Parents Defending Education expressed the criticism of parents to the inappropriateness of the 9/11 webinar, the Virginia Department of Education removed the webinar from its official YouTube channel.

Alexandria City Public Schools published two pages to their website, one titled “Talking to your Children about Racial Justice” and the other, “Teaching Racial Justice”. According to the school, talking to your children about racial justice includes reading articles by Forbes (“First, Listen. Then, Learn: Anti-Racism Resources For White People“) and watching a video by CNN (Video: CNN and Sesame Street town hall on racism) as well as watching and reading Animation Series: Something Happened In Our Town, a book known to have content such as “cops stick up for each other and they don’t like black men.”

The school’s “Teaching Racial Justice” page encourages teachers to read the 1619 project and build institutional practices by studying Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) Anti Bias curriculums.

In northern Virginia, Fairfax County Public Schools is using a “G2 Summer Learning Guide 2021” for second graders, promoting a “Woke Kindergarten” video that has the message, “I feel safe when there are no police,” according to a copy of the guide shared by a whistleblower.

The guide includes “Reading Goals,” “Writing Goals” and “Word Study Goals.” Then, in “Suggested Texts,” the guide includes, “Safe by Ki (Woke Kindergarten 60 second text),” with a hyperlink to a YouTube video by the creator of “Woke Kindergarten,” reading text that begins, “We all deserve to feel safe.” Woke Kindergarten LLC is a company registered with the Maryland Secretary of State.

The principal of Henrico High Schools seemed to have no reservations about the Abolitionist Teaching movement during an equity summit last summer.

In an Instagram post that has not been deleted, he proudly shared a photo of his computer screen during a presentation by Dr. Bettina Love, cofounder of the Abolitionist Teaching Network.

In April 2021, teachers and students at Arlington Public Schools (APS) received free copies of Stamped by author Jason Reynolds, which promotes key ideas from critical race theory. 

Parents Defending Education learned about this after being contacted by a whistleblower in the district.

On May 6, 2021, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand sent parents and community members a biased survey co-written by Leadership Academy, a consulting firm that the school district paid $49,600 to create.

In a Dec. 8, 2020, meeting, the Fairfax County School Board Governance Committee discussed revising its “Controversial Issues Policy,” P3280.3, so that teachers would not have to “remain impartial” but rather “take a clear position on matters that may be perceived as controversial in order to affirm the dignity and belonging of all students.”

It said it would introduce a new “Anti-Bias, Anti-Racial Policy” with the revisions of the “Controversial Issues Policy.”

Buried in the documents was an explosive document: “Policy Development for Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias Education.

On Thursday, May 6, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand sent the community a biased, unscientific survey that promotes critical race theory. In new documents released through a FOIA request, Parents Defending Education has learned that Fairfax County Public Schools agreed to pay NYC Leadership Academy $49,600 in an “informal competitive process.”

According to the February 8 purchase order, the school district hired the outside group for the school district’s “Anti-Bias Community Engagement Policy,” including the cost of doing a “survey and policy work.”

Shockingly, in its response to the FOIA request by Parents Defending Education, FCPS claimed that the March 11 “Notice of Award” is valued at a mere $80,000, even though single line items, such as for a “Customized, Deeper Touch Professional Learning” runs at least $240,000.

Parents Defending Education has learned that, according to online records, FCPS has paid NYC Leadership Academy an additional $48,500. Here is the link to the vendor payments.

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