Kern High School District will not teach Critical Race Theory

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – 23ABC learned on Monday that the Kern High School District would not be teaching the controversial Critical Race Theory in its schools.

According to Erin Briscoe of the KHSD, the district “is developing an ethnic studies course and it will not align with critical race theory.”

What is Critical Race Theory?

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Born out of the civil rights movement, Critical Race Theory began as a means of examining laws and policies through the prism of race.

One example is how the government once drew lines around areas with high black populations, viewing them as a financial risk and preventing banks from granting them loans.

There are other consequences such as discrimination in employment and disciplinary disparities in schools.

“Critical Race Theory is the theory that our systems in this country are related to race,” said Kerry Goldmann, lecturer at the University of North Texas.

“It pretty much provides a space where we recognize how race plays a role in everything that happens in the lives of people in this country,” said Jalaya Liles Dunn, director of the tolerance education program at Southern. Poverty Law Center.

The center is a national non-profit organization specializing in civil rights and public interest matters.

“The idea was to seek the institutionalization and systematic use of racism or some sort of discriminatory behavior in laws, policies, behaviors, social norms,” ​​said Diane Birdwell, professor of history at the secondary. “It’s not taught in schools. It is not a study program. It’s a theory. “

“What we’re trying to teach students is why,” she said. “Critical Race Theory doesn’t mean you ignore anyone. It doesn’t make anyone mean or mean. He just says make sure you tell the story.

What is the controversy?

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Parents and teachers have voiced their opinions across the country.

“How are our youngest learners supposed to love and accept each other when told they are inherently bad or inherently a victim because of the color of their skin,” one woman said during a board meeting in Wisconsin.

“I don’t think kids should focus on the color of their skin, focus on past trauma,” said another woman in Florida, referring to Critical Race Theory.

The National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) stresses that Critical Race Theory is an academic framework and has no particular educational principles derived from it.

Alex Cuenca of the (NCSS) called the controversy around critical race theory a fabricated crisis. He thinks it’s a way for some politicians to appeal to their base.

“Politicians have no place in our classrooms. We believe that humanities teachers should have the freedom to make decisions about the types of conversations they want to have in the classroom with their students, ”Cuenca said. “At its core, critical race theory somehow helps us recognize that race and racism are socially constructed, not biological truths, and that we have built systems of laws and policies in order to maintain racial inequalities. “


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