A science administrator for the largest public school district in Indiana released a powerful video this week claiming that principals and teachers “lie” to parents when they say they do not teach critical race theory to their children.
Tony Kinnett, the co-founder of Chalkboard Review, a site that features education commentary from diverse perspectives, said in his video that despite what educators and school administrators have said about the controversial content, it is being presented to students on a daily basis in various forms.
“We do have critical race theory in how we teach,” he said. “We tell our teachers to treat students differently based on color. We tell our students that every problem is a result of ‘white men,’ and that everything Western civilization built is racist. Capitalism is a tool of white supremacy.”
Kinnett said those concepts come “verbatim” from a book on CRT from Columbia University law school professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, and are interwoven throughout “math, history, science, English, the arts — and it’s not slowing down.”
Kinnett appeared Thursday evening as a guest on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which was guest-hosted by Jesse Watters, who asked Kinnett to clarify his points that the material isn’t presented as CRT, per se, but the same concepts are being pushed.
As an admin for the largest school district in Indiana, here's what we mean when we tell you that we aren't "teaching" Critical Race Theory: pic.twitter.com/f6RLghcw2R
— Tony Kinnett (@TheTonus) November 4, 2021
Yes, we told principals at the beginning of the year to lie to parents and tell them we weren’t using CRT in schools. Yes, we continue to lie. pic.twitter.com/A9Qo5D77Pp
— Tony Kinnett (@TheTonus) November 4, 2021
“There’s this very clever trick that a lot of administrators will pull,” Kinnett began.
“In education, there are two things that consist of learning: We have curriculum, which is what the students are learning; and then we have pedagogy, which is how it’s taught,” he continued. “So we can officially tell parents, ‘We’re not teaching critical race theory. It’s not in the Indiana academic standards.’ But all of a sudden, the classroom door shuts, and the teacher starts teaching through a lens of this race essentialism that pits students against each other based on their color.”
Watters then asked Kinnett to explain to parents watching how they would be able to spot the divisive curriculum and what they can do about it if they find it in their children’s classrooms.
The educator explained that first, parents should have a conversation with their child’s teacher, suggesting that it is a myth that all of them lean to the left, politically. He said from there, parents should approach the school principal and superintendent with concerns.
“And if that doesn’t work, you really should look into electing a better school board that’s going to look to serve your community based on merit, not on color,” Kinnett continued.
“What kind of damage to the child’s brain does something like CRT do?” Watters asked.
Kinnett responded, “It’s horrific.”
“You get into high school courses where a teacher will open things up for discussion” and ensure that whatever the subject matter is, that it’s presented through the thought processes behind critical race theory.
Later, Watters was incredulous when Kinnett said that CRT was even being woven into mathematics, adding that a program is currently under development by the University of Indiana.
The program will “analyze how a teacher teaches, analyze the scores of the students, and then determine how racist a teacher is in teaching that math course,” he said.
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