Critical Race Theory In Brevard County Schools.

As we noted the other day, State Representative Randy Fine and representatives for the group “Moms for Liberty” held a press conference discussing the idea of Critical Race Theory being taught in Brevard County Schools, something the School District denies.

We want to reiterate that Fine’s barring citizens from events where he is speaking as a Representative on issues that deal with the public and bestowing more rights to the press while denying those right to citizens is wrong – morally, ethically and legally. We have stated that previously and will continue to state it going forward.

That being said, just because Fine is wrong in how information is presented, doesn’t mean the information that is presented is wrong.

In short, a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

In discussing this, we have to parse some words. Fine and the Moms for Liberty accused the district of teaching CRT in the schools.

When one hears “teaching in the schools,” one assumes the generally accepted meaning of “teaching in the classroom.”

As it turns out, nothing Fine presented indicated in any way that CRT was being taught in the classroom to students. What was presented was snippets and memos dealing with training teachers on CRT.

Critical race theory has never been discussed in Brevard classrooms, according to the county School District, so the ruling won’t change how educators teach in Brevard, according to district officials.

“We understand the state board rule, and we weren’t pursuing critical race theory before the state board rule,” said Mark Mullins, the Brevard School district superintendent. “We certainly uphold both the practice and the spirit of the state school board rule to not teach critical race theory in our classrooms.”

All teachings — whether regarding history, racism or any other topic — come from state-approved textbooks, Mullins said.

We accept Mullins’ statement that CRT is not in the classrooms.

But that statement does lead to the question “if it is not in the classrooms, then why is the District training teachers on CRT?”

Should the School District be training teachers on subjects that will not be in the classroom, or is the money spent on training sessions and “professional days” better spent on what will be taught in the classroom?

The screenshots showed slides of a text describing how race needs to be considered when disciplining students, and presented a quote about the presence of racism in institutional policies.

Some of the screenshots were taken from a diversity training program aimed at helping educators better understand their students and improve communication between staff and pupils.

Brevard Public School Board officials said the screenshots were taken out of context and did not reflect any kind of plan to teach students critical race theory.

It is very possible that the slides, screenshots, videos, texts and emails are taken out of “context.” If that is the case, we would argue that the School District has the right and responsibility to show the context. How hard would that be?

It is easy to say “out of context,” and hard to prove it.

So why isn’t the School District doing just that?

The Florida Today article on Fine’s press conference contains this statement:

Florida Rep. Rene Plasencia, a former history teacher of 15 years, said the district’s actions have been “absolute appropriate for the needs of the district” and have been “in the best interest of the children.”

“In order to be effective as a teacher, you have to understand who it is you’re teaching,” he said. “They’re not trying to indoctrinate anyone, they’re trying to understand how to be more effective educators for the children they’re educating so that those children can have an equal opportunity.”

He went on to say that while everyone is different, there are important factors to examine such as generational poverty and their effects on students. Looking at aspects of a student that could add outside stressors that impact their education “isn’t racist at all” and based on “data-driven initiatives for greater outcomes,” he said.

Training educators in CRT is neither data driven, nor does it help teachers become more effective educators.

CRT is a theory that, at its very core, believes that all the world’s woes are based on racism. It teaches people to look at the race of a person rather than to look at them as individuals. It blames others for decisions that people make.

Most importantly, CRT is divisive along racial lines. Instead of uniting people along the noble path of ending racism, it enhances and teaches people to be racists.

If the Brevard County School District is telling teachers to move away from the idea that students are all the same with individual challenges in life to the idea that the situation one finds oneself in is based on racism and that others are racist no matter what, that is a major shift. It is a changing of the lens through which teachers and administrators will view students.

Make no mistake about it, CRT bring racism into all aspects of life, and accuses people of racism without a shred of proof.

Some have claimed that opposition to CRT is opposition to teaching history in schools. That is simply untrue. No one against CRT is advocating the end of teaching the history of racism in America. Whether that means the teaching of slavery, the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, etc., we are fine with that. History is often dirty and has all sorts of warts. When it comes to races, we should teach what has occurred in order that we not repeat the same mistakes again.

Yet history is a small part of what CRT is. CRT is a theory that “systemic and institutional racism” exists today and people do not choose to be racists or have a bias, but rather all non-people of color are racists. Period.

Martin Luther King Jr., March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs.

The above picture is of Martin Luther King Jr. during the August 28, 1963 “March on Washington For Jobs and Freedoms,” in which over 200,000 people participated and during which King delivered his now famous “I Have A Dream,” speech.

Note who is standing by King.

CRT would have you believe that white men and women standing by and walking with King were racists.

In addition, King’s line of “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 their character,” is challenged by CRT in that CRT demands that people look at the races of people.

We have no idea how CRT can reconcile Martin Luther King, Jr., and the teachings of CRT. We know it cannot, which means the theory is flawed if you believe what King said and dreamed, or that CRT will not teach that part of history.

Another incident that shows the fallacy of CRT is the “Freedom Summer murders,” of June, 1964. The movie Mississippi Burning was loosely based on this incident.

James Chaney, Andrew Goldman, Michael Schwerner

The background is three men, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, were all part of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and its member organization, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The three had come to Philadelphia, Mississippi in June 1964 as part of the “Freedom Summer” campaign to register blacks to vote.

The three men were abducted, and shot at close range. Their remains of the three men were found buried in an earthen dam on August 4, 1964.

While Chaney was black, Goodman and Schwerner were white.

CRT would have people believe that Goodman and Schwerner were racists themselves and just didn’t realize it.

Once again, CRT would have to hide the actually history of this event because no one in their right minds would believe that whites fighting for Civil Rights and voting rights for blacks – and who were killed for that fight – are “racists.”

One has to wonder why the Brevard County School District would allow teachers to be trained in CRT. The only possible beneficial training would be that of dismantling CRT for the teachers, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the School District promoted the idea of CRT.

The bottom line is that people need to make a choice. They need to decide whether to continue to support the goal of a “color blind” society where character matters and race does not, or rather people want to follow the idea that everyone who is not a person of color is a racist, and there is nothing those people can do to change that.

One decision leads to Americans being united in love and respect. The other decision leads to division and hatred.

We know what we are choosing.

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