“It’s ridiculous!” Alfred “Shivy” Brooks, a teacher, talks about the state’s decision to limit critical teachings of racial theory in classrooms
The Georgia State Board of Education on Thursday passed a resolution against teaching critical race theory in classrooms.
This decision arouses both condemnation and support from Georgians.
Governor of Georgia Brian kemp welcomed the 11-2 vote by the white majority council, which is filled with governor appointees. With the resolution, the council opposes teaching the concept to K-12 grades across the state, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
“I applaud the members of the State Board of Education for making it clear that this dangerous anti-American ideology has no place in Georgia classrooms,” Kemp said in the statement. “With their vote today, members of the state school board ensured that education in Peach State reflects the freedom, equality and God-given potential of every individual.”
This comes shortly after Kemp wrote a letter to the Education Council urging them to take action.
However, concerned community members believe this resolution will not reflect equality.
A Twitter user and history teacher, Sharon sample, expressed his disappointment on the social media site, saying, âIf the story makes you uncomfortable, as it should in many cases, it should inspire change, NOT denial or erasure.
Grassroots organizations across Georgia are taking action and denouncing the decision to limit what educators can teach about history and its implications in schools. Some of these organizations include Voice of The People and CivicGeorgia, among many others.
Georgia teachers love Alfred “Shivy” Brooks facilitated dialogues around critical race theory and Georgia’s efforts to ban conversations about race.
“So you all want to tell me that a calendar year after you’ve done all this listening and learning, what you’ve listened to and learned and realized you have to do is what: start implementing policies to stop to talk about race, racism and oppression? Brooks said on his Instagram live. “It’s ridiculous, it’s absolutely ridiculous!”
CivicGeorgia organizers have created a petition calling on the state’s education council to immediately reverse their “unacceptable” decision.
The petition reads, in part, “Teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) and recognizing racial trauma past and present in American society, especially given the role of our state, are necessary to educate, understand and address the main societal and systemic challenges facing black people. , Indigenous communities and people of color, and healing intergenerational trauma.
Kevin Shanker Sinha, a community organizer and founder of CivicGeorgia, criticized the actions of the Georgia State Board of Education, comparing them to tactics to suppress voters from the Georgia state legislature.
“Much like with Georgia’s voter suppression bill earlier this year, we are heartbroken that once again the voices and stories of BIPOC are being silenced and rewritten by elected state officials. and appointed, âSinha said. leGrio. “With this petition, we demand that the Georgia State Board of Education rescind this unacceptable resolution, and we call on them to focus the impacted and informed voices – i.e. families, parents and students of color, as well as educational experts and practitioners in race theory criticism – to determine what is taught in our schools.
The petition is widely shared and people across the country are speaking out against Georgian officials who seek to âwhitewashâ history.
“I am signing this petition because children need a safe place to talk about racism, inequality and the privileged white people,” commented one person under the petition. âChildren do NOT need to be protected from these subjects. We want our children to have resources that their parents did not have to create communities without inequality and without white privilege. We cannot remove these threads !!
Meanwhile, Conservative officials and Georgians across the state continue to express support for the new resolution.
âToday, the State Board of Education took action regarding critical race theory in Georgia public schools,â the state school superintendent said. Richard woods said in a statement from the governor’s office. âMy commitment is to continue to unite communities, families and educators by ensuring that every child, regardless of their zip code, will receive an excellent education and will have the ability to access and obtain opportunities to accomplish whatever. “
President of the State Board of Education Scott sweeney stressed that they will work to prevent the promotion of any divisive ideology based on race or gender, the statement said.
âAs a state council, we will continue to focus on educating students rather than indoctrination of students,â Sweeney said in the statement. âAll teachers, administrators, other employees and students involved in education in Georgia should systematically be treated as individuals with equal and inalienable rights, regardless of race or gender. We will work together in our unwavering commitment to put Georgian students first.
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution defines critical race theory as “an academic concept based on the idea that racism is a social construct that is embedded in all aspects of our lives, including legal systems and politics”.
Other states across the country, including Texas, are also taking action to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools.
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