Virginia promotes book telling teachers to embrace CRT, which McAuliffe says isn’t being taught


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Book promoted by Virginia Department of Education says ‘teachers should be taught how to question whiteness’

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The Virginia Department of Education is promoting a book that says “teachers should embrace principles such as critical race theory.”

Terry McAuliffe has said throughout his gubernatorial campaign that radical ideology is not taught in Virginia schools.


The department’s website provides resources for its equity initiatives, including a tab titled “what are we readingThe list, which includes a recommendation from the Office of Equity and references in its work, includes books by anti-racism advocate Ibram X. Kendy and Abolitionist Teaching Network co-founder Bettina Love.

“Finally, teachers should embrace theories such as Critical Race Theory, Settler Colonialism, Black Feminism, Dis/ability, Critical Race Studies, and other important theories that have the potential to question anti-Blackness…” Love wrote “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.”

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The book was ranked sixth on the Virginia Department of Defense list and was awarded the A. was also promoted March 2020 newsletter. While inclusion is not evidence that critical race theory is being taught in state schools, Love’s book provides guidance for teachers, stating that teachers should be able to question whiteness and “work hard” and ” Phrases like “be nice” need to be done away with.

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McAuliffe, a Democrat, has repeatedly stated that critical race theory is not taught in Virginia schools and that his Republican rival, Glenn Youngkin, uses the controversy surrounding radical ideology to divide people.

“It’s a dog whistle,” McAuliffe, a former governor, told wavy tv 10 on 7 October. “It’s racial. It’s division. And it’s used by Glenn Youngkin and others … to divide people.”

“It’s not taught here in Virginia,” he said repeatedly through interviews and again during an October 10 CNN appearance.

“It’s a made-up — it’s a Trump, Betsy DeVos, Glenn Youngkin plan to divide people,” McAuliffe said during the interview on “State of the Union.”

He previously said that the Critical Race Theory being taught in Virginia schools was a “right-wing conspiracy,” Granthshala News reported in June.

McAuliffe and Youngkin tied for 46% of Virginia’s registered voters, according to a Monmouth University poll published on October 20.

Education has been a controversial focal point in the months leading up to the November 2 election, as school board meetings, particularly in Loudon County, clashed with parents and officials on issues ranging from important race theory and equality to gender. Has happened.

The McAuliffe campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

‘Teachers should be taught how to question whiteness’

The Virginia Department of Education website stated that its EdEquitiva Initiative “Focused on setting equity goals, measuring equity outcomes … and implementing systemic policy and regulatory changes.” It also said that an equity office within the department is charged with “efforts to advance education equity, eliminate achievement gaps and increase opportunity, and reduce inequality in student outcomes”.

The equity program includes a variety of resources, including a audit tool Used to determine whether a school is meeting certain standards. For example, it asks whether the student code of conduct includes an anti-racist statement or if language has been removed from the code that “deems racial justice movements (Black Power, Black Lives Matter, La Raza, etc.) as racist, classifies as hate speech, or controversial.”

At the top of its reading list, which includes Love’s book, the Department of Education states that the books are “the Office’s resources for equity and community engagement in developing our work, as well as texts we recommend.”

At the bottom, it says: “Some links in the #EdEquityVA pages take you to websites that are not affiliated with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education. VDOE may necessarily refer to the views expressed or data presented on these external sites and Doesn’t support the facts.”

Ken Blackstone, a spokesman for the department, told Granthshala News: “Critical race theory is not included in Virginia’s standards of learning.”

He did not answer questions about whether ideology is taught in schools or whether administrators incorporate it into their policies.

In addition to explicitly supporting the critical race theory, Love’s book promotes other racially charged changes in the education system.

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Love wrote in her book, “Teachers need to be taught how to question whiteness and white supremacy, how to examine and deal with their white feelings of guilt and anger, and all of this can help their classrooms.” affect how.”

“Teachers should demand an end to high-stakes testing and blind children with slogans such as ‘Knowledge is power,’ ‘Work hard,’ ‘Be nice,’ and ‘No excuses,’ because all you need is patience. required,” he wrote.

Abolitionist Learning Network

Virginia is not alone in her involvement with Love. The Biden administration previously promoted a handbook published by the Abolitionist Teaching Network, the active organization Love co-founded.

Granthshala News reported in July that the federal Department of Education is linking to handbooks – littered with language that appears to be in line with critical race theory theory – in its guidance on how public schools can spend coronavirus relief funding.

Miguel Cardona talks with the students of Berlin High School during a school tour.  (Devin Leith-Yesenian/Berlin Citizen/Record-Journal via AP)

“Abolitionist Teacher”[b]Build a school culture that engages in healing and advocacy. This requires a commitment to learning from students, families, and teachers, which impedes Whiteness and other forms of harassment,” the handbook states, for example.

The Biden administration took hours after Granthshala News reported the inclusion — three months after the guidance was published — and removed the link.

“The department does not endorse the recommendations of this group, nor do they reflect the position of our policy,” a spokesman for the department told Granthshala News. “Including this quote was an error in a long document.”

The spokesperson did not elaborate further and did not explain why the link was initially included.

Meanwhile, at least two officials from the Biden administration have had ties to Love.

Deputy Education Secretary Cindy Marten led the San Diego school system when she paid Love $11,000 for a speech program. Marten was enrolled in the federal Department of Education before the guidance was posted, but was not confirmed until after that.

Additionally, Acting Assistant Secretary Donna Harris-Akens, the head of the office that published the document, is also joined by Love. Harris Aikens was a senior director of the National Education Association when it hosted Love as a speaker at a June 2020 event.

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