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The superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) said earlier in November that schools in his district are “deeply using critical race theory” in their curriculum, which belies the Left’s insistence both that CRT does not exist and it is not taught in K-12 schools.
During a school board meeting on Nov 9, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti remarked that CRT is necessary in order for students to recognize historical injustices in the U.S. and for them to “to better understand who they are.”
“Our curriculum is deeply using critical race theory, especially in social studies, but you’ll find it in English, language arts, and the other disciplines,” Vitti said. “We’re very intentional about creating a curriculum, infusing materials and embedding critical race theory within our curriculum.”
“As was stated by speakers today, it’s because students need to understand the truth of history, understand the history of this country to better understand who they are and about the injustices that have occurred in this country,” Vitti added.
Footage of the meeting and Vitti’s comments were made public on Twitter by Manhattan Institute senior fellow Christopher Rufo.
Detroit Superintendent @Dr_Vitti: “Our curriculum is deeply using critical race theory, especially in social studies, but you’ll find it in English language arts and the other disciplines. We were very intentional about … embedding critical race theory within our curriculum.” pic.twitter.com/zMYdSxfrde
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) November 30, 2021
Having lived in Detroit Metro from 2003-14, the idea that this particular district is focusing on anything but the basics & keeping kids in school [literacy & graduation rates are among the country’s lowest] is depressing but predictable. Schools continue to fail Detroit’s kids.
— mog1717 (@mog1717) November 30, 2021
Little do they realize that the more they do this infiltration of culture in schools and elsewhere, the more crime and violence is going to happen on the streets. We already see it happening. The ideology is toxic for society.
— In Favor of Common Sense (@philosophicweb) December 1, 2021
Wait, what? I thought this was only in law school courses and that type of thing…..are you telling me that they were not telling the truth?
— Rick Worley (@rickworley) November 30, 2021
And here I thought the goal has always been NOT to sew the seeds of hate. Not sure how I messed that up.
— Right Biker (@Right_Biker66) December 1, 2021
@NicolleDWallace care to comment?
— bigkatlee (@bigkatlee) December 1, 2021
Vitti has also been critical of House Bill 5097, which was passed by Michigan legislators and bans “implicit race or gender stereotyping” in K-12 curriculum in the state. The bill has been sent to Michigan’s Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness.
Unsurprisingly, Vitti is a champion of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and he hopes he can count on her vetoing the bill.
“I think our best strategy politically is to lean on the governor to veto it, as she has done with other legislation that has passed in Michigan over the last couple of years,” he said.
Republicans in the Michigan House overwhelmingly passed the bill by a vote of 55-0, but House Democrats complained that some in their party didn’t get the chance to speak out against it, so of course, they decided simply not to participate in the vote – a surefire way for lawmakers to keep from having to make a decision on behalf of their constituents, otherwise letting voters know what they really think.
“A yes vote means taking a firm stance against the absurd claim that individuals bear collective guilt for historical wrongs committed by those who happen to share their race or their gender,” said Republican state Rep. Andrew Beeler, the main sponsor of the bill.
South of Michigan’s border, Tony Kinnett, an Indiana educator and owner and director of Chalkboard Review was recently banned by Indiana Public Schools and locked out of his email for exposing the lie that CRT is not taught at the K-12 level.
Earlier in November, he appeared on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” and during an interview with anchor Bill Hemmer, he provided evidence that CRT has even infiltrated the nationwide KinderCare Learning Centers.
(Video: Fox News)
The for-profit education company, which was founded in Montgomery, Alabama but is now headquartered in Portland, Oregon, put out this statement in November:
“Whether your child is six weeks old or in the sixth grade, they’re ready to learn how to practice empathy, compassion, and understanding … It’s never too early to learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion!”
And more advice for parents on anti-racism training for kids:
“Read multicultural books. Point out ‘same’ and ‘different’ attributes. Name feelings to ‘interrupt biases before they start.'”
Time will tell if KinderCare’s strategy of telling parents what their children are ready for will meet with any resistance.
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