Sixth graders taking “Language Arts” at Brownsburg schools allegedly received a handout recently that reeks of the tenets of CRT.
The document reads as follows:
“With the Black Lives Matter movement casting a spotlight on the ripples still felt by slavery in the United States, the political tone of [the film] ‘Avatar’ speaks to the fight against institutional racism provoked by the death of George Floyd.
“Protests followed the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man. He was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25th, 2020.
“Black Lives Matter is a movement that campaigns against violence toward black people.
“Institutional Racism is racism that has become established as normal. It is supported by everyday practices.”
Are sixth-graders really capable of critically thinking through this concept and having a discussion about it?
Mock’s research into the original source material for the document tracked back to Newsela.com, a resource for teachers that, among other things, offers “practical ways to implement SEL” in the classroom.
One of Newsela’s stated goals, according to their website, is to “foster more inclusive, identity-affirming classrooms with anti-bias, anti-racism resources and lessons for every grade band.”
The site’s SEL resources help teachers: “Weave SEL into lessons and any existing SEL programs with content selected for elementary, middle, and high school learners.”
That sounds an awful lot like the tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to us.
Mock n’ Rob have more details in today’s edition of Speedround.