CRT in KASD
We have been told REPEATEDLY that CRT has never been taught in the Kiel Area School District and yet we have a lesson which was taught to students about their white privilege, a tenant of CRT.
We've also heard the statement "there's only been one complaint, why aren't more parent's saying anything?" The answer? TCC doesn't have one. We have no idea what students are coming home and telling their parent's about after school. But just to be clear, even one lesson like the one below is one too many. TCC has asked and tried to get the curriculum online for everyone to see (these days majority of the curriculum is already online) but have been met with roadblock after roadblock and excuse after excuse. Some have said "who are these people and what are their credentials?" (link) That this a very narrow-minded approach, EVERY parent is capable of reviewing materials and deciding if they feel it is appropriate for their child.
The following is the lesson plan that was presented to a sixth grade English class. The unit focused on "diversity" and the students were taught the concepts of "systemic racism" and "white privilege". In the lesson the students were shown videos such as:
● "Systemic Racism Explained"
● "Explained: White Privilege, Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias | NBC10 Philadelphia"
These videos explicitly singled out the white students in the class and stated that ALL "white" people are "privileged" and participate in "systemic racism" because they exist in a culture/society that privileges whites and oppresses people of color. The students were instructed that these concepts were not merely controversial and unproven ideas, but rather facts that should not be disputed. To quote the PowerPoint slides shown to the students:
"Those who have privilege shouldn't deny it, but instead, recognize the privilege and know that it happens in society."
Click this link to view the lesson for yourself.
TCC only wants a white-washed version of history to be taught
This myth couldn't be further from the truth. TCC encourages and supports a well-rounded education that teaches the history of our country as it was and how our nation progressed over time. Learning from the past helps to prevent the same atrocities from repeating themselves.
Students need to be taught the truth about slavery, not just how it was here in the United States, but where slaves came from and why it was considered "normal" in a very specific timeframe in our history. How and why the United States overcame great odds despite the obstacles from people within our very own country who did not view those of African descent to be equal only because the color of their skin. That the Civil War was not just about slavery, but in large part due to the economics of the South vs the North. These are just a few examples of many.
"Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good."