* I’ve kinda watched this “critical race theory” thing develop out of the corner of my eye, but it appears to have grown into our latest national outrage and the governor jumped into the fray yesterday. Before we get to that, here’s a primer from Education Week…
In truth, the divides are not nearly as neat as they may seem. The events of the last decade have increased public awareness about things like housing segregation, the impacts of criminal justice policy in the 1990s, and the legacy of enslavement on Black Americans. But there is much less consensus on what the government’s role should be in righting these past wrongs. Add children and schooling into the mix and the debate becomes especially volatile. […]
Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that racism is a social construct, and that it is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.
The basic tenets of critical race theory, or CRT, emerged out of a framework for legal analysis in the late 1970s and early 1980s created by legal scholars Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Richard Delgado, among others.
A good example is when, in the 1930s, government officials literally drew lines around areas deemed poor financial risks, often explicitly due to the racial composition of inhabitants. Banks subsequently refused to offer mortgages to Black people in those areas.
Today, those same patterns of discrimination live on through facially race-blind policies, like single-family zoning that prevents the building of affordable housing in advantaged, majority-white neighborhoods and, thus, stymies racial desegregation efforts.
* Wirepoints has been moving away from pandemic coverage to things like CRT…
* They Aren’t Telling The Truth About Illinois’ Pending ‘Culturally Responsive Teaching Standards’: The biggest tragedy, if the rule becomes effective, is that the actual result will be the same as we’ve seen everywhere from critical race theory and identity politics in general: more hostility and strife. Traditional goals of color blindness and the melting pot, which are expressly rejected by critical race theory, have given way to obsession over immutable differences.
* Chicago Public Schools going to the max with ‘culturally responsive teaching standards’: Suppose you wanted to draft the most comprehensive K-12 school policy you could for mandatory thought, speech and conduct that complies with Critical Race Theory or wokism, as it’s more often called. You probably couldn’t top the Chicago Public School district’s pending Culturally Responsive Education and Diversity Policy.
* More political indoctrination coming to Illinois classrooms as ‘media literacy’ mandate nears passage: The kicker is at the bottom of the bill, which calls for the Illinois State Board of Education to prepare instructional materials. Those are the folks that imposed Illinois’ infamous, new Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards, which they and its supporters lied brazenly about, and which call for teaching woke critical race theory as unassailable fact.
* University of Illinois poised to make woke ideology and conduct mandatory for faculty: Give them credit at least for being open about what they intend: no diversity of opinion about race. Wokeness shall be mandatory under pending directives for University of Illinois faculty. Take a look at the proposed standards on promotions and tenure provided in a Communication and FAQ, the product of three university “task forces.” They’ve been issued by the U of I’s provost and were recently reported by Campus Reform. The school’s term for it is DEI — Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — the prime buzzwords for wokeness and critical race theory.
* As mentioned above, Gov. Pritzker was asked about the topic yesterday…
The right wing has decided that they’re going to grab on to anything, that they can use a few words, put it together and make it sound like it’s an attack on white people, then they’re going to go make it an issue. That is not something that we believe in here in Illinois. What the right wing is doing around the country is not something that we’re going to do here.
* Scholarly Groups Condemn Laws Limiting Teaching on Race - More than 20 states have introduced legislation restricting lessons on racism and other so-called “divisive concepts.”
* Critical race theory battle invades school boards — with help from conservative groups: In towns nationwide, well-connected conservative activists, and Fox News, have ramped up the tension in fights over race and equity in schools.
* Fox News: Illinois teacher defends pushing critical race theory on students, calls opponents racist
* How Education Has Changed In Illinois Since 2020 Racial Justice Protests: “Which by the way is not even a huge part of these standards,” he said. “But all of this idea of anti-critical race: everybody has a race theory. When you start critiquing the mainstream theory about race, that’s when people get upset.”
* Illinois lawmaker looking to “defeat ignorance” with the nation’s first mandate on AAPI history in schools
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