The Superintendent of Rio Rancho Public Schools Dr. Sue Cleveland would have you believe that our government schools are not providing critical race theory curriculum to students. In fact, she went to such lengths as to address the subject in a recent article published by the Rio Rancho Observer.
This is welcome news.
But what is critical race theory (CRT)?
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, it is an “intellectual movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of colour. Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.”
Cleveland was quoted that CRT is “normally taught in higher ed […] [and is] not appropriate for K through 12.”
“We definitely do not support racism,” Cleveland added. “This is a framework that was designed for higher education, primarily graduate degree programs.”
Despite Dr. Cleveland’s emphatic assertions that this highly controversial material does not play a role in educating our youth, critical race theory is very much a part of the mandatory training for teachers across Rio Rancho Public Schools.
A number of anonymous instructors from RRPS reached out to me directly to provide disturbing screenshots. I have included them at the bottom of this post for you to review at your leisure.
The training consists of a series of videos and slideshows accessible online for teachers to complete at their own pace. Included in this training is indisputable evidence that critical race theory is very much alive and has infected our educational institutions right here at home in Rio Rancho.
Terms like “cultural competence” and “implicit racial bias” are used liberally. There is a slide that addresses the concept of implicit racial bias directly:
What Is Implicit Racial Bias?
Many people don’t want to admit that they have implicit biases because this can bring about uncomfortable feelings and expose negative beliefs you never intended or wanted to have.
Implicit racial biases are not the same as known or explicit biases, which someone may purposely choose to keep to themselves for fear of being judged by society.
Everyone has implicit racial biases. They are built and shaped unconsciously through our history and cultures, and no belief we have consciously chosen for ourselves. What is important is that we recognize and understand our biases so that we may adjust our behavior accordingly.
This definition of implicit racial bias seems to suggest that everyone is racist and we have to try hard to not be racist. All white people should feel guilty for being white.
What does this mean?
It means that my eight year old daughter and all of our children are being taught by a teacher that has undergone this mandatory training. Our teachers are being taught that they are racist because they are white. My eight year old daughter is being taught by those teachers.
Towards the end of each lesson, the teachers and staff have to complete quizzes. Here’s a snippet of some of the help text that is meant to encourage “correctly” answering the questions in the quiz.
Implicit racial biases are activated involuntarily, without your being aware of or in control of them. That’s because they live in the subconscious mind.
Ladies and gentlemen, behold critical race theory. It is mandatory training that is being peddled to our educators and I pray that they are not succumbing to this liberal-progressive leftist propaganda.
What is this doing in our schools? Why has Dr. Cleveland allowed this?