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Texas school district reinstates book by Black author amid critical race theory claims - NBC News
A Texas school district said it had returned an award-winning children's book to its library after a review of claims that it espoused critical race theory.

A school district near Houston said Thursday that it had returned an award-winning children's book to its library shelves and rescheduled a virtual appearance by its author after a review committee had determined the book's "appropriateness" amid parents’ claims that it espoused critical race theory.

The book's illustrator and writer, Jerry Craft, whose books tell stories about Black children struggling to fit into unfamiliar settings, had been set to appear virtually this month at Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School until the Katy Independent School District scrapped the event after some parents objected.

Craft's graphic novel "New Kid" was awarded the John Newbery Medal last year. It tells the story of seventh-grader Jordan Banks and how he navigates his worlds at home and at a prestigious private school where he is one of the few minority students.

The school district said in a statement to NBC News on Thursday afternoon that its review committee had met this week and “determined the appropriateness of the book, ‘New Kid.’”

“The reading material is already back on District library shelves and the virtual author visit is scheduled to take place on October 25 as part of the instructional day,” the district said in its statement.
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The new bugaboo - Judd Legum
Across the country, conservatives are mobilizing against the inclusion of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in K-12 education. There is just one problem: CRT is a complex theory developed by law professors and included postgraduate education. It is not taught in K-12 schools.

So the same activists have switched their focus to something that is included in schools' curricula: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). Right-wing critics have called SEL "racist garbage," "anti-white," and "a vehicle for introducing leftist propaganda in the classroom." The argument is that SEL is a vehicle for CRT and should be eliminated.

What is SEL? Broadly, SEL helps develop skills "not necessarily measured by tests," including "critical thinking, emotion management, conflict resolution, decision making, [and] teamwork." The SEL framework focuses on developing skills "across five areas of social and emotional competence" — "self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making."

The term SEL was popularized in a 1997 book. But the concept is rooted in the idea of character assessment and development that dates back at least to Benjamin Franklin in the mid-1700s.

Maurice Elias, professor of psychology at Rutgers University and Director of Rutgers' Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, explained to Popular Information that SEL is based on "neuroscience and other research" that shows "the role of emotions in learning." He stressed that "these factors are color blind" because all kids "do not learn well when they are scared, hungry, threatened, depressed, drug-involved, or unhealthy." SEL education can benefit all children "regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, [or] political affiliation of their parents."
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No mention of Critical Race Theory in any of these but that’s just part of this segregationist conspiracy I guess.

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BTW, and it is all related and connected.


https://twitter.com/NPR/status/1452571365316382723

Research shows that when local newspapers disappear or are dramatically gutted, communities tend to see lower voter turnout, higher polarization, and an environment in which misinformation can take hold.
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Patti Hidalgo Menders is a Republican operative and president of the Loudoun County Republican Women's Club.

"If you talk about it less, you're going to notice the division less."
"At what point do you forgive and stop segregating?"

We really need a "Shut up, karen" thread.
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Teaching students about structural racism has become a political flashpoint across the country. Here's my interview with one of Virginia's leading activists, Patti Hidalgo Menders -- a mother of six who's fighting the state's equity and inclusion curriculum. Via @Sho_theCircus

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Critical Race Theory is a college graduate level course; something not taught in K-12th grades. Those who are against CRT know this but there mantra is "Never let a good lie die" so they get a bunch of low-information people worked-up thinking CRT is invading the local schools.

The saddest part is these people who propagate the lie and those who've bought into the lie think they know what's best to teach in the local schools than the professionals.
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Number6 wrote: Wed Oct 27, 2021 5:29 pm Critical Race Theory is a college graduate level course; something not taught in K-12th grades. Those who are against CRT know this but there mantra is "Never let a good lie die" so they get a bunch of low-information people worked-up thinking CRT is invading the local schools.

The saddest part is these people who propagate the lie and those who've bought into the lie think they know what's best to teach in the local schools than the professionals.
They don't even know what CRT is.

They think that CRT is just talking about the topic of race.
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carmenjonze wrote: Wed Oct 27, 2021 5:30 pm They don't even know what CRT is.

They think that CRT is just talking about the topic of race.
Locally, here, we have a group that started out as being anti-mask for their school kids and they've gone full-blown into claiming CRT is being taught. One issue they've also latched onto is the "No Place for Hate" program that the school district brought in last year. They've thrown the term "communist" and "socialism" sometimes in the same sentence, to discredit CRT, which isn't being taught, and to discredit "No Place for Hate" program. They're so stupid they don't even know the differences between "communism" and "socialism."
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Is this reported here yet? Children in power, sigh...


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nc-le ... ar-AANZLMy

NC Legislature passes anti-critical race theory bill. Here’s what comes next




RALEIGH, N.C. — The national discussion over teaching about race in schools has also spent the summer in North Carolina, as the state legislature debated bills from both the House and Senate that would outlaw teaching critical race theory.

The latest version of House Bill 324 was in the House chamber Wednesday for a final vote after passing the Senate.

Several House Democrats called the bill dangerous and insulting, but the House passed the bill 60-41.

It now goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Given the party lines the votes fell on, he is unlikely to sign it into law, and Republicans do not hold the supermajorities required for veto overrides.

The bill itself does not mention critical race theory, but outlines a series of things schools shall not “promote,” including that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;” and that “an individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive.” It also says teachers shall not promote that anyone “should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish,or any other form of psychological distress” based on their race or sex.
That it wont be signed IS NOT THE POINT
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On the old board, I had my criticisms of the 1619 Project, which differs from this ongoing debate between historians of American history, Black history, and the Atlantic slave trade. I know some people in each of these fields, including advisors to the project, and the range of opinions about the 1619 Project is all over the map. That said, my own criticism is that it's very focused on Protestant Europe. Catholic Europe started enslaving people on this continent, e.g. New Spain, by the early 1500s.

Anyway, the debate continues. 1619 is not "critical race theory," any more than any of the other distortions of CRT that have been in the news over the past year. But, much like the distorted versions of CRT, 1619 gets tossed in with it because mainstream USians are intellectually lazy as hell, and their brains short out when they hear the word "race," as it is. So they think it's the same thing. This happened on the old RFL board, as well.

The Historians Are Fighting: Inside the profession, the battle over the 1619 Project continues. - Slate
These two historians had recently come at explicit odds, she noted. In July of 2021, a group of historians, including Wood, published an open letter disputing Holton’s claim, made in a Washington Post op-ed, that a desire to protect the institution of slavery was central to the colonists’ decision to rebel against Britain.

That, of course, is also a claim of the 1619 Project. In December of 2019, Wood joined in the crafting of an open letter to the editor of the New York Times Magazine (there’s a lot of open letter–writing going on), objecting to the project’s claim that protecting slavery served as a cause of the Revolution and asking for various editorial corrections. While Holton’s Post op-ed didn’t mention the 1619 Project, in many public statements, mostly on Twitter, he’s been explicit about his intention to defend statements regarding the centrality of slavery to the American decision to rebel, as made by Nikole Hannah-Jones, the project’s editor, in her lead article. On his Twitter, Holton has associated Liberty Is Sweet both with Hannah-Jones’ essay and with the imminently forthcoming book The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. As Allgor reminded the two pugilists at the Massachusetts Historical Society, the 1619 Project and its cultural impact provide key context for their contest.

That, of course, is also a claim of the 1619 Project. In December of 2019, Wood joined in the crafting of an open letter to the editor of the New York Times Magazine (there’s a lot of open letter–writing going on), objecting to the project’s claim that protecting slavery served as a cause of the Revolution and asking for various editorial corrections. While Holton’s Post op-ed didn’t mention the 1619 Project, in many public statements, mostly on Twitter, he’s been explicit about his intention to defend statements regarding the centrality of slavery to the American decision to rebel, as made by Nikole Hannah-Jones, the project’s editor, in her lead article. On his Twitter, Holton has associated Liberty Is Sweet both with Hannah-Jones’ essay and with the imminently forthcoming book The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. As Allgor reminded the two pugilists at the Massachusetts Historical Society, the 1619 Project and its cultural impact provide key context for their contest.

So were Holton and Wood fighting over the role of slavery in causing the American Revolution? Or were they fighting over the relative validity of the 1619 Project, and the impact of both the project and Hannah-Jones’ work in general, on public understandings of American history? Or are those fights now more or less the same fight?

The questions arise amid ongoing political and educational controversies swirling around the project, and around Hannah-Jones, in which historians are closely involved. Right-wing state legislatures and school boards are scoring points with a political base by loudly shutting out of history curricula not only the 1619 Project but also any realistic discussion of American racism. Responding to blatant political pressure, the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media denied Hannah-Jones tenure, in a position for which tenure had always been presumed. As Allgor noted during the Holton-Wood debate, the Middlesex School, in Concord, Massachusetts, had just canceled a scheduled Hannah-Jones appearance. It may be no surprise that with dire issues of academic freedom and censorship at stake, disputes within the history profession have grown testy, even bitter. Historians are fighting in public over interpretations, partly because interpretations are under public attack.

This new mode of contest within the profession emerged suddenly and accelerated fast. After the 1619 Project was published, the December open letter seeking corrections was followed up by a January 2020 article in the Atlantic by Sean Wilentz, the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus professor of the American Revolutionary era at Princeton University, who had signed the letter; his essay criticized the project in detail. Strange-bedfellowship emerged quickly too. The biggest names among the letter writers are liberal, not left, and certainly not Marxist—as he made clear in the debate, Wood criticizes what he calls ”activist” interpretations of the founding—yet the hope of swaying public opinion induced some of them to give lengthy, highly involved interviews in November of 2019 to the World Socialist Web Site, the Trotskyist online presence where, in keeping with certain old-left traditions, nothing is published that’s not lengthy and highly involved. That seemed a bit weird.
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This from @DouthatNYT is very useful if you understand that you can replace “CRT” with any and every racist moral panic stirred up by telling white people that they’re endangered by progress for Black people.

White Southerners *still* claim the Union started the Civil War.

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That’s just what conservatism is: the claim that things should more or less stay the same, so any social justice movement to improve conditions for the oppressed is met with “you’re starting another culture war fight again! Being divisive!”

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The "cancel culture" folks seem real quiet about the legal attempts to investigate and ban work by black writers in schools....

https://twitter.com/KarenAttiah/status/ ... 2946891782
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carmenjonze wrote: Sun Nov 07, 2021 3:24 am Karen Attiah
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The "cancel culture" folks seem real quiet about the legal attempts to investigate and ban work by black writers in schools....

https://twitter.com/KarenAttiah/status/ ... 2946891782
I am a big fan of podcasts by comedians including Bob Saget, big fan of his and many others, but when he refers to someone being "cancelled" I wanna scream at him and say don't you understand Bob it does not exist.

People don't get cancelled, they get called on their bullshit, big difference. I retweeted and followed, thanks.
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I find it kinda ridiculous the Trumpkin guv candidate in Virginia in part won election by promising he would remove CRT from Virgina K-12 schools. So like a politician. It doesn't exist at that level, so he won by promising to get rid of something that wasn't there. :roll:

Apparently people didn't like McAuliffe saying education should be left to educators. Would it be so controversial if he said medicine should be left to doctors, or rocket science to NASA techs?

Look, I would have given a more slightly nuanced answer. Of course there should be parental input into education, it is why we have school board meetings and PTAs. However, what I think McAuliffe meant was, and I of course hold this position myself, the final decision on curriculum should be left to teachers and school board members (who hopefully have backgrounds in education), not parents. They get to offer their input, but they don't have the FINAL say.

You can ask your doctor about Ivermectin, but he gets to prescribe, and if he tells you he won't, you don't get to override or overrule him. You always have the option to seek out another doctor. And if you don't like the curriculum of the public schools, you can homeschool or seek alternatives. But you don't get to tell teachers they can't discuss aspects of American history.
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ProfX wrote: Sun Nov 07, 2021 10:01 am I find it kinda ridiculous the Trumpkin guv candidate in Virginia in part won election by promising he would remove CRT from Virgina K-12 schools. So like a politician. It doesn't exist at that level, so he won by promising to get rid of something that wasn't there. :roll:

Apparently people didn't like McAuliffe saying education should be left to educators. Would it be so controversial if he said medicine should be left to doctors, or rocket science to NASA techs?

Look, I would have given a more slightly nuanced answer. Of course there should be parental input into education, it is why we have school board meetings and PTAs. However, what I think McAuliffe meant was, and I of course hold this position myself, the final decision on curriculum should be left to teachers and school board members (who hopefully have backgrounds in education), not parents. They get to offer their input, but they don't have the FINAL say.

You can ask your doctor about Ivermectin, but he gets to prescribe, and if he tells you he won't, you don't get to override or overrule him. You always have the option to seek out another doctor. And if you don't like the curriculum of the public schools, you can homeschool or seek alternatives. But you don't get to tell teachers they can't discuss aspects of American history.
Virginia was a classic white backlash vote. Lol we’re supposed to believe those voters think the worst problem in their state is Beloved, a book they’ve never read.

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VA proves that white people, men and Women, many of them, maybe most, still refuse to grow up.
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Libertas wrote: Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:52 am I am a big fan of podcasts by comedians including Bob Saget, big fan of his and many others, but when he refers to someone being "cancelled" I wanna scream at him and say don't you understand Bob it does not exist.

People don't get cancelled, they get called on their bullshit, big difference. I retweeted and followed, thanks.
Holding someone accountable for their actions isn't "cancel culture." It's holding someone accountable for their actions. "Cancel culture" is replacing "politically correct" as the go to excuse for not accepting personal responsibility for what they say or do.
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Libertas wrote: Sun Nov 07, 2021 1:15 pm VA proves that white people, men and Women, many of them, maybe most, still refuse to grow up.
No, it proves how gullible a lot of white people are.
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Libertas wrote: Sun Nov 07, 2021 1:15 pm ... Women, ...
Keeps happening.

How white women helped propel Republicans to victory in Virginia - NBC News
White women voters may have made the difference for Republicans in Virginia’s high-profile gubernatorial race Tuesday, swinging by double digits towards the GOP and giving the party a potentially winning playbook in future elections.

For some Democrats surveying the wreckage from a bad night, the 13 percentage point swing towards the GOP among white women — fueled by a 37 point shift among white women who didn’t go to college — was the number in NBC News exit polls that stood out among a sea of bad ones.

“That white non-college woman is very sobering,” said Scott Kozar, a Democratic consultant who worked on the Virginia lieutenant governor and House of Delegate races.
Um, no they're not.

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Folks like Scott Kozar need to really stop acting as if this is some mystery. White women vote majority-conservative/majority-Republican. Over, and over, and over, and over, again.
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I talked about Massive Resistance several times on the old board.

These are the same people, just their kids, i.e., my peers.

They are vile, and their children will be, too, when they are middle-aged. :problem:

Massive Resistance - Encyclopedia Virginia
Massive Resistance was a policy adopted in 1956 by Virginia’s state government to block the desegregation of public schools mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1954 ruling in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Advocated by U.S. senator Harry F. Byrd Sr., a conservative Democrat and former governor who coined the term, Massive Resistance reflected the racial views and fears of Byrd’s power base in Southside Virginia as well as the senator’s reflexive disdain for federal government intrusion into state affairs. When schools were shut down in Front Royal in Warren County, Charlottesville, and Norfolk to prevent desegregation, the courts stepped in and overturned the policy. In the end, Massive Resistance added more bitterness to race relations already strained by the resentments engendered by the caste system and delayed large-scale desegregation of Virginia’s public schools for more than a decade. Meanwhile, Virginia’s defiance served as an example for the states of the Lower South, and the legal vestiges of Massive Resistance lasted until early in the 1970s.
Denied public support, African Americans were often forced to raise their own funds to build schools. So, beginning in the mid-1930s, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), led by attorneys such as Oliver W. Hill and Thurgood Marshall, launched a legal campaign of “equalization,” challenging the material inequalities between black and white schools. In 1950, however, the national NAACP decided to stop funding the equalization suits in Virginia and other states in favor of attacking segregation on constitutional grounds. In April 1951, a student-led strike protesting the poor quality of the black Moton High School in Prince Edward County resulted in Virginia’s first direct legal challenge to school segregation, Davis et al. v. County School Board of Prince Edward County .

Virginia’s argument in favor of segregation, made by Attorney General J. Lindsay Almond Jr., prevailed in the federal trial court, but the NAACP appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Davis case was grouped with three similar cases from other states under the heading of Brown v. Board of Education. Almond and the other lawyers representing Virginia made the most extensive counterargument to the NAACP’s case, but it failed to persuade the justices. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court issued its unanimous ruling that racial segregation in public education was unconstitutional.
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ProfX wrote: Sun Nov 07, 2021 10:01 am I find it kinda ridiculous the Trumpkin guv candidate in Virginia in part won election by promising he would remove CRT from Virgina K-12 schools. So like a politician. It doesn't exist at that level, so he won by promising to get rid of something that wasn't there. :roll:

Apparently people didn't like McAuliffe saying education should be left to educators. Would it be so controversial if he said medicine should be left to doctors, or rocket science to NASA techs?

Look, I would have given a more slightly nuanced answer. Of course there should be parental input into education, it is why we have school board meetings and PTAs. However, what I think McAuliffe meant was, and I of course hold this position myself, the final decision on curriculum should be left to teachers and school board members (who hopefully have backgrounds in education), not parents. They get to offer their input, but they don't have the FINAL say.

You can ask your doctor about Ivermectin, but he gets to prescribe, and if he tells you he won't, you don't get to override or overrule him. You always have the option to seek out another doctor. And if you don't like the curriculum of the public schools, you can homeschool or seek alternatives. But you don't get to tell teachers they can't discuss aspects of American history.
I get the analogy with medicine. True if you don’t like what the doctor says, fire the doctor and find another. What happened in Virgina, they decided to hire someone else. So I’m guessing that parents can and did have the final word in VA. The doctor doesn’t own the patient. And the teacher does not own the child. They forgot who the worked for and the voters reminded them.

JMHO

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What a stupid rationalization of white backlash.
JoeMemphis wrote: Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:51 pmAnd the teacher does not own the child. They forgot who the worked for and the voters reminded them.
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It's fitting that the Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America project is housed at the University of Richmond, in the state that was infamous for it's Massive Resistance policies to Brown vs. Board of Ed.

Other states and locales were no better. Massive Resitance started in 1956, and so did the White Citizen's Councils, under the same confederate ideology. San Francisco also had a White Citizen's Council.

All Tuesday's vote was, was more White Citizen's Councils and Massive Resistance. Same as their insurrection, same as their anti-trans laws, same as their anti-Beloved, book-banning laws.

It's also very fitting that one of the worst anti-LGBT hate groups in the country calls itself "Mass Resistance," resistance in this case being against trans inclusion. Same old conservative whites and their grinning, tapdancing minstrels, different decade.
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