Newly unveiled documents from Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools show the district paid greater than $34,000 for 55 hours of critical race theory coaching final 12 months and slides contrasting “White Individualism” with “Color Group Collectivism.”
The documents, obtained by way of a freedom of knowledge request from a Loudoun mum or dad, show a framework for “culturally responsive” instructing from the Equity Collaborative, an fairness consulting agency that provides programs on critical race theory.
Ian Prior, a former Justice Department official with youngsters within the district and govt director of Fight For Schools, stated a mum or dad volunteering for the group had filed the general public file request.
He took problem with quite a lot of bullet factors within the presentation and highlighted them.
“What we’re seeing here is making assumptions about everybody and their life situation based on race,” he stated.
One slide focuses closely on Black and Latino points, however the presentation as an entire makes no point out of different minority teams, together with Asian Americans, who’ve the biggest minority presence in Loudoun.
“Under ‘Establishing Inclusion’ and ‘Developing a Positive Attitude,’ every culture is excluded except for Black Americans and Latino Americans,” Shawntel Cooper instructed Fox News Thursday night. “We shouldn’t be excluding anyone.”
Cooper is the mom of two biracial college students in Loudoun faculties. She’s been outspoken at college board conferences towards critical race theory and different progressive packages that she says don’t have any place in faculties.
“They’re there to learn,” she stated. “The school board needs to keep religion, sexuality and politics out of school.”
“The second slide that really bugged me, under ‘White Individualism,’ there is an emphasis on white individuals that all they do is think about themselves, or the ‘Color Group Collectivism,’ it emphasized that they’re just worried about the other person or how their needs affect others…they’re placing the child in a category.”
And she stated that as an African American, she didn’t relate to the traits listed on the “Color Group Collectivism” slide, which eschews independence and “is associated with shared property,” versus the “private property” of “White Individualism.”
“My uncle taught me if I have two hands, two feet – you work hard,” she stated. “That’s always been a trait in my family. You work hard; you get what you want.”
The district has maintained that it doesn’t educate critical race theory within the classroom for any of its college students, and LCPS spokesman Wayde Bayard instructed Fox News the newly unveiled documents had been proven to “a small group of Loudoun County Public Schools administrators as part of a training on the various schools of thought involved in equity work.”
He was out of the workplace going into the July Fourth weekend and stated he couldn’t instantly present supplies on the opposite packages proven to these directors.
When requested why directors had been being skilled on critical race theory if the district had no plans to introduce the controversial curriculum to college students, he invoked Gen. Mark Milley’s latest congressional testimony.
“You study many different schools of thought and philosophies so that you have an understanding of the world,” he stated. “CRT has been around for 45 years. It is one of the many schools of thought on race relations.”
Still, Cooper questioned the district’s motive.
“We have to continue to ask ourselves, why are they pushing this?” she stated. Why are they instructing the lecturers critical race theory? What occurs to a baby if you preserve telling them that they’re oppressed or the oppressor? Their desires are rendered out of attain.”
Teaching CRT, she said, is just like teaching racism – “with extra racism.”