SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of parents from Poway staged a protest at a school district meeting this evening to voice concerns about how racial equity is taught in school.
“I want to make it very clear that the Poway Unified School District does not teach critical race theory,” said Christine Paik, communications manager for Poway Unified School District.
Thursday’s protest comes as at least 16 states are considering or have signed bills that would limit the teaching of certain ideas related to “critical race theory,” which seeks to reframe the narrative of American history. . Its supporters argue that federal law preserved the unequal treatment of people on the basis of race and that the country was founded on the theft of land and labor.
These states include Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
Teachers and professors in Idaho will be prevented from “brainwashing” students about race. Oklahoma teachers will be prohibited from saying that certain people are inherently racist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously. Schools in Tennessee risk losing state support if their courses include specific concepts about race and racism.
Governors and legislatures in Republican-controlled states across the country are struggling to define what race-related ideas can be taught in public schools and colleges, a reaction to the nation’s racial reckoning after George Floyd’s murder by the police last year. The measures have been enacted in at least three states and are being considered in many more.
Educators and education groups fear that the proposals will have a chilling effect in the classroom and that students may receive a whitewashed version of the nation’s history. Teachers are also concerned about the possible repercussions if a student or parent complains.