Many of us accept the premise of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” We watched our children make friends based on who likes to play the same things, who lives near-by, or simply who is “FUN”. We, ourselves have friends and/or co-workers of various ethnic backgrounds, and so it felt like the “Dream” was coming true.
That was a few years ago. This is NOW. We hear that our schools are teaching students to be racist in the name of anti-racism. The “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)” or “Critical race theory (CRT)” philosophy starts with a false premise — that people are treated based on their identity group and that ALL white men are “inherently privileged”. In my opinion, this is wrong! Children are not naturally racist— that is something that must be learned.
Public Comment on CRT
Naperville 203 Board Meeting 7/12/2021, public comments start around 4:30. At 7:45 is an excellent speaker talking about Critical Race Theory (CRT) youtu.be/egiL1ucW37w?t=461
What is “Critical race theory” (CRT)?
CRT teaches students three core ideas:
1. There is no absolute truth—It sees “lived experiences” as mattering more than facts.
2. Individuals are either an oppressor or victim. You are predetermined by immutable characteristics such as race or gender to fall into either category. A central tenet of CRT is that white people are “inherently privileged” while black people are “inherently oppressed”.
3. America is (and has been since its founding) systemically racist and must be dismantled.
CRT is a Marxist idea. When Americans could not be divided (& concurred) using class envy—because Americans have hope with the existing social structures—the Marxists decided to divide the US based on race.
What else is CRT known as?
CRT by any other name is still CRT. The list includes:
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
- Culturally responsive teaching
- Restorative justice
- Social justice
A list of terms related to CRT can be found Here
How did the Illinois State Board of Education promote CRT?
According to an Illinois Family Institute article by Laurie Higgins, published on 2/18/2021:
== Well, despite statewide and even nationwide condemnation of the proposed “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards,” the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) failed to stop the controversial standards.
In a vote delayed by one day, JCAR voted 6-5 along partisan lines to, in effect, approve these standards, which will infuse the assumptions of Critical Race Theory/ identity politics/BLM into 1. all teacher-training programs, 2. all Professional Education Licensing (PEL), and 3. indirectly into all public school classrooms.==
Rather than passing a LAW, they simple changed a “rule” to force teachers to be trained in CRT…
Read it Here
What Bill expands Illinois’ legal requirement for CRT? CRT is embedded in IL SB814 — a bill on the Governor’s desk [7/12/2021] that he will most likely sign — and which requires new teacher training to align with Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading standards (i.e. CRT).
Where did we find CRT in Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD 200?
Watch the Wheaton-Warrenvile “February 24, 2021 – CUSD200 Board of Education COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Meeting” starting at 1:23:00 watch here. It is CRT by another name “Equity.” The presenters are: Dr. Chris Silagi, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services & Dr. Limaris Pueyo “Director of Multilingual Learners & Equity Program”
[My understanding from reading many articles is that “equity” means equal outcomes based on group identities” rather than “equal opportunity” or “equal treatment under the law” for each individual.]
A few key statements were heard in the video (with approximate time-stamps, so you can find them):
- 1:25:30 …And that means that we are going to give some students more than others and we need to be OK with that. [The old definition of “racial discrimination” is treating people or making a distinction in favor or against someone based on that person’s race. Now, determining if it is or is not “racial discrimination” is based on whether the discrimination is promoting equity or inequity.]
- 1:27:00 Equity Practice: “Identifying and discontinuing inequities. So with respect to our mission for equity, it is to eliminate persistent racial and other demographic disparities in achievement.”
- 1:30:40 All schools have an “Equity Team” growing knowledge, changing hearts and minds.
- 1:32:22 …and really participate and become a good “Global citizen.”
- 1:33:25 I take you back to last summer when our Senior Leadership Team presented our district 200 equity work plan
- 1:35:20 An equity framework that was developed by the DuPage Regional Office of Education Equity and Excellence Network.
- 1:38:10 I believe they have been working on this framework for 2 years. [ prior to Feb 2020, means since early 2018]
- 1:39:25 And making sure that we are engaging in “restorative discipline”… Systemic equity: that looks at our policies and practices… actively disrupting any opportunity gaps that exist… Employment and retention: what are our hiring practices?… Engaging our families, are there any barriers? [i.e. this “anti-racist plan that actually teaches people to be racist, is comprehensive]
- 1:44:00 We actually have an equity resource site. [I searched and cannot find it]
Questions for the District
After watching the video, the following questions need answering:
- What do you mean when you state that “We need to give some students more than others”?
- What practices of District 200 are inequitable and why?
- What barriers have existed in District 200 that need to be removed?
- Why are you inferring this community, our students or staff need to work to become anti-racist? Who are you calling a racist and with what proof?
- What does it mean to participate and become a global citizen?
- Why do you want to “make people feel uncomfortable?” How will that make parents feel “comfortable” leaving their children in your care to be “educated?”
How about the Equity Task Force?
- MEETING NOTES EQUITY/PROACTIVE PRACTICES COMMITTEE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 200 February 18, 2021 here
- MEETING NOTES EQUITY/PROACTIVE PRACTICES COMMITTEE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 200 October 1, 2020 here
Reading the Oct 2020 minutes we find out that 100 D200 teachers and administrators attended sessions based on “train the trainer model” in which they “learned” about ”Implicit Bias Training” with Dr. Tyrone Howard. It also mentions “Issues of Hate and Racism.” What is that about? And why is it being added to the student handbooks? What examples of this problem exist in our district?
The Feb. 2021 minutes include: “Creating a culture in our buildings; be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Why would anyone promote a culture of making students and teachers uncomfortable? It also says that the planning for this began with administrators in 2019.
What does the Illinois Constitution have to say about Racism?
Constitution of the State of Illinois
BILL OF RIGHTS…
SECTION 20. INDIVIDUAL DIGNITY
To promote individual dignity, communications that portray criminality, depravity or lack of virtue in, or that incite violence, hatred, abuse or hostility toward, a person or group of persons by reason of or by reference to religious, racial, ethnic, national or regional affiliation are condemned.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)
[This conflicts with CRT and the “Equity” plan.]
A few links for more information: