The Biden administration and Democrats are still pushing for Critical Race Theory in school programs, seeking millions in funding for a union-backed model that will teach the concepts of the woke ideology to students.
The funding would come from Biden’s 2023 fiscal budget which calls for $468 million to go towards a “community schools” program, according to Fox News.
“Community schools” are focused on utilizing “culturally relevant” pedagogy and “restorative justice” practices within their structure, according to the Coalition for Community Schools. The Department of Education is promoting the coalition on its community schools webpage. It includes the American Federation of Teachers union.
“It comes straight from Critical Race Theory,” Mike Gonzalez who is with the Heritage Foundation told Fox News Digital in an interview. He contends the program is about “restorative justice” and “culturally relevant/responsive pedagogy.”
Theorists believe “restorative practices” are the antidote to “systemic racism” according to Gonzalez.
A research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Max Eden, claims that Democrats are “gaslight[ing]” parents about CRT in schools.
“Culturally responsive pedagogy” is about taking apart “a common culture and focus[ing] on dividing students according to… their ethnic cultures and pushing an agenda that’s based on students’ ‘identities.’ As critical race theorists would see it, identity is kind of defined in terms of intersectionality. That… is the connection between culturally relevant or responsive [pedagogy] and CRT,” he posited.
“When parents hear terms like… ‘Culturally Responsive Education,’ and ‘Restorative Justice… they would be fundamentally correct to go to a school board meeting and complain about Critical Race Theory,” Eden contended.
“All of these practices are influenced by and have the same politicized purpose as CRT, which… defines itself not merely as a ‘theory’ but also as an activist practice,” he asserted.
The American Federation of Teachers union is one of the strongest, most ardent leaders for the community schools agenda out there.
“Culturally responsive practices, social-emotional learning, and community schools are not add-ons. Culturally responsive education values the knowledge and skills students bring from their homes and communities,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers has stated previously.
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The Biden administration has been linked before to Critical Race Theory policies.
“Advocates of critical race… theory seek to expand… equity by compensating past victims of injustice through law and public policy… For example, because black Americans experienced discrimination in the past, the Biden administration proposed in 2021 that the federal government issue special equity grants to black Americans,” OpenStaxOpenStax, a free textbook resource which received seed money from Bill Gates, reported.
Shital Shah, who is a Biden official, has openly advocated for the community schools agenda for the American Federation of Teachers union.
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Shah’s Twitter account describes the community schools agenda as focusing on “taking historical/structural issues into consideration; dismantl[ing] structural racism.”
“President Biden and Secretary [Miguel Cardona]… believe that this strategy should play a vital role in building our education system… We’ve already taken steps to act on this commitment,” Shah stated, according to Fox News.
The American Federation of Teachers union has backed bills proposed by Democrats concerning the community schools strategy. The union has supported a bill from Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) which called for over $3 billion for the agenda.
Dopey Biden backs teachers union backed teaching model linked to CRT. Country is heading toward another civil war with Biden. Teachers union needs to be stopped. Take children out of these Schools now.
— Islander (@Islande02840941) October 3, 2022
Fox News went so far as to ask the Department of Education if Critical Race Theory concepts are being used in “community schools.”
In reply to that query, a spokesperson said, “This is a baseless and blatantly political attack aimed at undermining a school model that Congress created a program specifically to fund, and disparaging dedicated public servants at the Department of Education working to make students and families lives better.”
“Community schools focus on providing students with the supports they need – like mental health care – something all leaders should want to work towards, particularly in this moment,” the DOE declared.
When asked exactly what was “baseless” and “blatantly political” about the line of questioning, the DOE did not respond to Fox News.
When the media outlet addressed the White House on the issue, they replied “This is not true” but reportedly did not say what they were referring to.
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