‘Profile in courage’: Loudoun County teacher resigns with an impassioned plea against CRT to board

In an emotional, poignant address, a teacher in Virginia has resigned during a school board meeting in protest of the increased politicization of education.

Laura Morris, who taught the 5th grade at Lucketts Elementary School, part of the controversy-ridden Loudoun County School Board, addressed the board in a tearful and impassioned plea before resigning from her job on Monday.

The final straw for her was CRT – “critical race theory,” a sociological theory that views the entirety of American history through the prism of race and racial bitterness, much as communism views the entirety of history in the economic terms of either exploiter or exploited.

Morris protested against the fact that she was addressing a nearly empty hall – another controversy of the Loudoun County School Board which recently decided to restrict public access to public school board meetings.  This was widely seen as silencing any potential criticism of the board’s agenda, prompting county residents to hold their own meetings, according to Fox News.

As she spoke, there were only 10 scheduled speakers in the room – and no general audience at all.  Morris expressed outrage and concern over this state of affairs and the “lack of consideration for the growing population of concerned citizens in this division.”

In addition, Morris objected to new forms teachers were expected to fill in and sign that would allegedly force them to report their colleagues for daring to criticize the teaching program promulgated by the board, expressing her anger at “emails sent by the superintendent last year reminding me that a dissenting opinion is not allowed, even to be spoken in my personal life.”

Adding fuel to the fire of Morris’ ire was how CRT targets her as an able-bodied white woman who needs to be controlled and monitored.

“Not only that, but within the last year I was told in our so-called equity trainings that white, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and, quote, ‘this has to change,'” she said.

Morris also noted how this was utterly incompatible with her Christian faith: “This summer I have struggled with the idea of returning to school, knowing that I’ll be working yet again with a school division that, despite its shiny tech and flashy salary, promotes political ideologies that do not square with who I am as a believer in Christ.”

There were shows of support for Morris and her emotional resignation, including from some prominent names such as Donald Trump Jr.:

CRT has provoked a firestorm of controversy across the nation for pushing a racial ideology that obsesses over past grievances and attacking the whole of American history and society as one big institution of racism.  Its proponents say that it teaches a more nuanced truth about the history of racism in America, but many object to that as just another excuse for fomenting an endless cycle of division and antagonism, of whipping up race-based animosity and bitterness over long-past grievances, real and imagined.  Ironically, many of its proponents are themselves white liberal elites.

Another of the concerns regarding CRT reflects what is, in fact, already happening in places like Loudoun County. Many, such as Laura Morris, feel an ideological straightjacket is being forced on teachers and students, and dissident views are simply suppressed, as seen by the school board’s tactics in removing a potentially critical audience – composed of the very parents of students one might think would be the school board’s primary constituents.

This is hardly the first time Loudoun County’s school board has been in the news.  The issue of transgender students in the county has made national headlines, and the county has become a symbol of the clashing values and culture wars plaguing the nation.  The emotionally charged, heated atmosphere was the excuse the school board seized on to change its rules on who can attend its “public” meetings.

For Laura Morris, the message of this whole situation is clear:

“Clearly you have made your point.  You no longer value me, or many other teachers you have employed in this county,” she said, becoming more emotional.  “So since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you…

School board, I quit.

…I quit your policies, I quit your training, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly-politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents – the children.”

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