ACTION ALERT – Stop CRT in Schools
Keep Critical Race Theory out of California classrooms!
National news continue to consume our attention, but there is a local issue we need your help with. Critical Race Theory is about to be unleashed in California classrooms, unless you help us stop it. As you may know, Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the destructive school of thought that rejects the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and pits students against one another based on skin color and political ideology.
Currently, the California Department of Education has released the third draft of the K-12 Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) for public comment. Sadly, it is rife with CRT. That’s why your voice is needed to keep CRT and the related Critical Ethnic Studies (CES) out of California classrooms!
Please click on this action alert to email your opposition to CRT before the January 21 public comments deadline.
SVGOP staff consulted with several grassroots organizations on the content and approach proposed in the latest drafts of the ESMC. These organizations include:
They all conclude that the current ESMC still contains polarizing CRT content that has no place in our children’s education. Worse, its foundation still promotes CRT, indoctrinating a narrow political ideology that glorifies violence, elevates separatist resistance, and divides students into victims and oppressors.
As an example, one tenet of Critical Ethnic Studies (CES) is that white-skinned people are always defined as oppressors and therefore cannot be part of the solution to racism and discrimination. One of the key authors cited in the curriculum is Paulo Freire, whose “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” is a seminal CES work. He writes in that book, “The oppressors, who oppress, exploit, and rape by virtue of their power, cannot find in this power the strength to liberate either the oppressed or themselves. Only power that springs from the weakness of the oppressed will be sufficiently strong to free both.” After reading that, you can see why CRT is considered a mind virus.
A consequence of the CES framing is that, rather than addressing racism constructively, an ideological litmus test is applied, resulting in one-dimensional misrepresentations of ethnic groups and their role models. Seminal leaders and peaceful agents of change, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis, are not even mentioned in the list of “154 Important Historical Figures Among People of Color” included in the current proposed curriculum. Rather, Draft 3 provides a list that includes countless violent and/or neo-Marxist revolutionaries.
Dr. Clarence B. Jones, speechwriter and adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and founding Director of the Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco, even shared his thoughts of “great concern for the perversion of history that is being perpetrated by the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC).”
At this point, after two major rounds of revisions, with input by a wide variety of educators for changes to the ESMC, we do not believe the current ESMC can be amended to remove its offensive content, such as its requirement to “critique empire-building in history and its relationship to white supremacy, racism and other forms of power and oppression.” Such CRT ideology and post-colonial theory is unfortunately baked into the ESMC approach and will continue to pit students against one another based on skin color and political ideology.
Therefore, SVGOP encourages you to join this action alert, started by ACES, to replace the ESMC.
Our primary objective is to stop ESMC Draft 3 from being passed. ACES believes we need an alternative model for review, and suggests having the Los Angeles USD’s multicultural programs curriculum as a possible, positive alternative.
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Again, let’s speak up to keep the divisive and dangerous ESMC Draft 3 framework out of our children’s classrooms. Submit an email to CA officials via this action alert