U.S. school districts are evaluating the “anti-racist merits” of teachers applying for a job, increasingly asking them questions about “cultural competency, race and equity,” according to Education Week, a newspaper run by a progressive-leaning group that reports K-12 education news.
Education Week says districts are “trying to diversify their teaching force to better match their students,” but that it’s a slow process. It quotes statements from the chair of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators’ diversity, equity and inclusion committee, Karen Rice-Harris.
Rice-Harris said, “Ultimately, when we’re looking for people to serve our students, my key questions are: Can you teach these students, even if they don’t look like you, [even if] you’re not familiar with their culture? How are you going to teach them as if they were your child, your cousin, your brother, your sister?”
Rice-Harris further suggests that districts have candidates explain “how they honor the diversity of their students in their instruction and curriculum.”
Critical race theory emerged some time ago as a major policy tool of the U.S. progressive agenda, and institutions have been promoting it in camouflage under terms such as “equity,” “anti-racism,” “cultural appropriateness.”
Although as the CEO and founder of Nimble, a teacher recruitment software company, points out, the steering of educational systems toward these kinds of “cultural awakening” questions, is not new, but has been in place for about 10 years, but was accelerated and exacerbated with the death of George Floyd and the BLM protests.
“Now that we’ve become a little more aware of the concept of anti-racism and maybe a little more woke as a culture, I do think that districts have started to emphasize these questions a little bit more,” Dachille said. “They might be more common, they might be more explicit.”
As reported by Fox News in November, Tony Kinnett, an Indianapolis school administrator who was placed on leave for denouncing his district’s critical race-baiting, revealed that the curriculum currently in place “suggests to all of our students who aren’t Black or Brown” that they are responsible for the oppression that has been occurring in the U.S. for centuries.
In addition, he pointed out that the state schools in Indianapolis have as an official academic priority, “racial equity,” which does nothing more than pit students of different races against each other.
The teacher told Fox News that after he spoke out and denounced the issue, he could not access any of his work-related accounts, nor could he access any other schools in his district.
Critical race theory (CRT) has become one of the great divisive factors in American politics, with progressive states promoting it and conservative states banning them through legislation.
“It’s a political ideology … It is an ideology that if we can indoctrinate it into our children young it would have a political consequence on our children later,” said Republican Sen. Janne Myrdal, who introduced a bill in the Senate to ban it in state schools in North Dakota, the latest conservative state to crack down on CRT.
“We’re not talking about teaching history and racism, I deplore racism as I think everybody in this body does … We need to teach true history, and we need to teach all of it,” she added.