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State Senator Burt Jones, representing Georgia’s 25th District, submitted a letter this week to the Georgia Board of Education over concerns that the new chairwoman’s past remarks may indicate implementation of the highly controversial Critical Race Theory (CRT) throughout the curriculum.
The letter specifically calls for an investigation into Dr. Tarece Johnson’s “implemented policies, and administrative actions – and whether they violate any of the code of conduct policies or other statutes.”
Johnson was recently elected chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Education and the Democrat is the first black woman to serve in that role, the Daily Mail reported.
Johnson was seen in an August 2020 video calling for an end to “anti-Black capitalism”and another in which she described white people as “socialized racists.”
“Because we live in a society that glorifies whiteness – we are all impacted. Black people are impacted because we internalize racism and white people are also impacted because they’re socialized racists,” Johnson said in a video posted in 2020.
In her book, “The Global Purpose Approach: A Multicultural Resource,” Johnson writes that “Implicit in effective multicultural learning, especially with consideration of racial diversity and equity in education, is critical race theory,” and that, “critical race approaches provide opportunities for the critical analysis of racism and various forms of oppression. “
“This type of learning is particularly important for helping to empower individuals of various races ethnicities, and socioeconomic levels in our diverse classrooms, and to promote deeper levels of historical and cultural understanding and intolerance by social dominant groups in order to educate generations who will possess the cultural sensitivity and drive to prevent ongoing social oppression,” she adds.
Meanwhile, James Lindsay, author of “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity – and Why This Harms Everybody,” states CRT’s purpose as being, “designed to reconsider the relationship between race, racism and power,” and that “the fundamental organizing principle of society is racism.”
Conservative think tank Heritage Action obtained syllabus information from the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) that details, “Students will bridge the skills from AP Language to AP Research, analyzing the value of using different lenses in social criticism (Critical Race Theory, Feminist, Marxist, Psychoanalytic) to aid their analysis across issues, and the class will discuss how these perspectives apply to the different methods used by research fields.”
GCPS responded to this information by telling Fox News Digital on Tuesday that the syllabus had been “written by one teacher who submitted it to College Board in 2017 as a means of providing evidence that the teacher understood the scope of the course. It was not the syllabus actually used for the class.”
In spite of the syllabus presented by Heritage Action, GCPS director of communications and media relations Sloan Roach claims that CRT is not taught in their schools, telling Fox News Digital that “our Board members are intent on following all policies and statutes, as well as the norms they have established as a Board.”
Roach added that “[t]his is just another example of cultural wars and political battles being waged at the expense of our schools and the critical thinking and the standards-based learning that takes place in our classrooms on a daily basis; this is not about our schools and what we are teaching in Gwinnett County.”
This has been a common argument and newly elected Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears of Virginia criticized the left over the “semantics” of the issue.
“Well I can tell you that they’re using semantics, the other side is, when it comes to CRT and it’s definitely being taught in some form or fashion.”
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