Kansas City Public Television Defends/Explains CRT

With a bevy of reassuring verbiage and perfect punctuation, the local public TV station "magazine" offers a treatise regarding a controversial trend in high school & primary education.

The push back amid school board protest and culture war chatter is informative, professional and presents a fantastical view of typically lackluster educational practices in local classrooms. 

Here's their side of the story that was written by people who did not attend the garbage schools in the metro . . .

Some folks outside of professional education circles don’t want curriculum to be altered, with a small but vocal group claiming that certain teachings — such as the 1619 journalism project — undermines America’s legacy of opportunity and equality.

Reason being, there’s some confusion about what these ideas are based on and what educators are actually teaching to their K-12 students. When we talk about “Critical Race Theory (CRT)” what specifically are we talking about? What is “CRT”? And is it the same as diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts? No.

Here’s another question that’s bubbled up lately: If educators teach about the history of race in the U.S. – and the implications of racial unrest in society today – is that CRT? Again, no.

CRT is not the same as diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, nor is it the same as teaching about the history of race. Some have conflated certain teachings of popular authors like Ibram X. Kendi with efforts that aim to include voices and histories of identities other than white, cis males, which tend to dominate history books even now.

Educators are clear — they want students of color to see themselves and know their ancestral past.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .

curiousKC | A Guide to Learn (and Demystify) Critical Race Theory

Within the last few years, there's been a concerted push for better literacy about race and more holistic approaches to teaching history in classrooms. This push was spurred by a few things: Protests against the rise in race-based hate crimes. For context, nearly 60% of hate crime victims in 2019 were targeted because of their race or ethnicity.