As a retired teacher who also did graduate coursework that included critical race theory philosophy training 20 years ago, I understand the current concern with the “equity policy” of Douglas County Schools. I believe it was wise (yes, pun intended) of Superintendent Wise to pause the contract with Gemini Group.
While the Gemini consultants express dismay and disgust that parents are “demanding we not talk about race,” I don’t think they realize that is not the issue. We can’t teach American history without talking about racism. The real concern is over the extent at which these consultants want to dismantle systems, as F.A.I.R. co-leader Will Johnson reported hearing from his own workshop attendance.
With the growing rise of tensions over the true background of CRT, Americans have good reason to pause. Do we want to divide people simply because of the color of their skin? What do we mean by “systemic racism” when more laws than ever try to prevent racism in employment and education and housing? Do we want the current generation to feel perpetual guilt over the sins of our fathers? Or is there a way to be honest about our past without laying the heavy burden of unwarranted shame that can cloud our future?
We need to take a breath, analyze what we think and say, and realize that philosophy really does matter when the end game polarizes people rather than draws them together.
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