This week’s edition of City of Chicago Public Affairs, which focuses on: Should Critical Race Theory be [âCRTâ] be taught to all IL K-12 students, broadcast citywide:
- Tonight at 8:30 p.m. and midnight, Cable Ch 21 (CAN TV)
- Tmw night at 9:00 p.m., Cable Ch 21 (as the first segment of the Illinois Channel 2 hour package).
The show is also broadcast in:
- In Aurora at 6 p.m., Cable Ch 10 this Wednesday and Saturday
- In Rockford at 8:30 p.m., Cable Ch. 17 this Thursday
You can also watch the 24/7 Public Affairs program by clicking here.
Jeff Berkowitz and Terry Martin evaluate the teaching of CRT: what it is and what it claims to be.
Former WSJ columnist Jason Riley (who happens to be black), writing in a WSJ editorial last week, lamented that the priority of teachers‘ unions is not about teaching math and reading better in Kindergarten to Grade 12, but turning our schools into politically correct and social justice boot camps.
This despite the fact that about 70% of blacks educated in inner-city primary schools and often in high school cannot read at school level.. Martin argues that the least we can do is allow these students to escape their failing public schools by using taxpayer dollars to attend private or charter schools of their choice, which would dramatically improve their chances of graduating. learn to read, write and do math.
CRT entered classrooms through Project NYT 1619, which claims the Revolutionary War was waged to preserve slavery and won its creator, Nikole Hannah-Jones (who also happens to be black), a Pulitzer Prize.
John McWhorter, professor of humanities at Columbia University (who also happens to be black) argues that Hannah-Jones’ claim about the War of Independence “is just plain wrong, but our current cultural label demands [we pretend] that’s not true – because she’s black.
McWhorter argues that Hannah-Jones’ claim is being challenged by legions of black and white academics who are far more expert than her on the subject, but the claim will be broadcast in our schools as unchallenged., in teaching materials distributed across the country by teachers’ unions [including the NEA, which has more than three million members and Â who gives massive campaign contributions to politicians, primarily Democrats, to buy clout and legislation that will enable them to force all teachers to propagandize CRT].
This push by the NEA of the Hannah-Jones claim illustrates how teachers’ unions are using the CRT to indoctrinate tens of millions of American K-12 students with inaccurate history teaching – which is what the president of the NEA [Randi Weingarten] defends as “Teaching the Truth”.
Martin says our schools’ CRT teaching means students will not know the hundreds of thousands of Americans who fought and died in the Civil War to preserve and advance towards a more perfect union by abolishing slavery.
Additionally, students, as part of CRT pedagogy, will not learn how millions of black and white people protested together in the 1960s to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which have both been implemented over the past half century. to achieve a More Perfect Union.
Public affairs show host [and Illinois Channelâs Chicago Bureau Chief] Berkowitz argues that teachers’ unions in the IL and the country want mandate teacher training on âimplicit biasesâ and use the Awakened Political Ideology curriculum in all school districts.
IL teachers’ unions do not call their pedagogy CRT. Instead, they and the Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) disguise their training and curriculum as âCulture-appropriate education and cutting-edge standards. “
Initially, these âstandardsâ, which are to be used by IL to certify teachers, were labeled as âprogressiveâ. When Republicans in the Illinois legislature clashed on the grounds that teachers were supposed to be politically neutral, the ISBE didn’t change the substance of the CRT standards, they just changed their labels.
Berkowitz maintains that all of this is the The CRT’s belief that we should teach white children that they are oppressors and black children that they are oppressed.
Often the students in the class are separated into all black and all white groups. Berkowitz and Martin suggest that this type of teaching promotes racism by teaching our children to judge themselves by the color of their skin, not the content of their character, the exact opposite of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream – which is apparently to be removed from CRT’s revisionist history and curriculum.
Finally, Berkowitz and Martin conclude that teaching CRT in the NEA-accepted format of truth, as opposed to an alternative, revisionist view of history, to K-12 students will rob young Americans of their wealth. American heritage and history, as the United States evolved over the past two centuries into a “More Perfect Union,” which represents freedom and equality of opportunity for all Americans, of all races, colors, sexes, religions, national origins, beliefs and sexual orientations.
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