Parents Protest Farmington High School Board Meeting Over CRT | Michigan

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(The Center Square) – The school was closed, but residents filled the North Farmington High School parking lot on Tuesday night for a protest, which was followed by a school board meeting where concerned residents spoke of the curriculum comprising Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DCI).

Since 2020, classrooms have facilitated cultural arguments and how history should be taught. Tuesday’s meeting showed a deep division of opinion immediately apparent upon entering the school’s auditorium. For example, the auditorium was divided into masked and unmasked sections. One person was wearing a shirt that read, “We are NOT CO-PARENT with the government. “

Parents were protesting a “21 day fairness challenge” hosted by the Farmington Public School District last fall. The challenge included “white privilege checklists” and asked participants to “join a BLM or affiliated protest,” to bail out arrested protesters, and a list of “micro-attacks to avoid,” including calling the America “the land of opportunity”.

Ahead of the school reunion, around 60 people gathered in freezing temperatures for a brief press conference highlighting the concerns of parents and entities about CRT.

Many were holding signs, with a single reading, “Let me figure this out. Want to teach reading, writing and arithmetic less so you can teach Critical Race Theory and DEI? “

Bjorn Olson is the father of four from the Farmington High District who was concerned about the 21 day fairness challenge.

“The 21 Day Fairness Challenge labeled my kids based on their skin color,” he said at the press conference. “I believe the intention of the challenge was a tie, but I think he did the opposite. I am frustrated and I think we can do a lot better for equality.

In public comments, some people called for the return of the 21-day challenge, while others called for it to be abolished.

Michigan Republican lawmakers sought to to forbid Michigan schools do not teach CRT, prompting educators and Democrats to back down who accuse the GOP of trying to “whitewash” history.

Democrats and media have claimed CRT is not taught in the state, despite Detroit Public Schools Community District General Superintendent Nikolai Vitti in November. saying the district of 50,000 students teaches CRT.

“Our program makes deep use of critical race theory, particularly in social studies, but you will find it in the arts of the English language and other disciplines. … Students must understand the truth of the story… understand the history of this country, to better understand who they are and the injustices that have happened in this country, ”said Vitti, Chalkbeat reported.

In a July 8 Mlive story titled “Critical Race Theory is not taught in Michigan schools, so why is it such a hot topic?” “The author, without citing any evidence, asserts that” critical race theory is most often taught in colleges and universities. It is not currently taught in any kindergarten to grade 12 school in Michigan or the country.

At the board meeting, Terri Weems, chairwoman of the Farmington Public Schools Education Council (FPS), said she was “proud” and had “no intention” of stop the DEI program.

SPF Superintendent Chris Delgado has said he supports the DCI program.

He wants to move the DCI program forward because “these words have meaning, recognizing and celebrating the beautiful variety of cultures, religions and abilities within our school community, that is diversity,” he said. .

FPS Board Secretary Angie Smith said DCI includes “difficult topics” that “need to be addressed.”

During the protest, Debbie Kraulidis, vice president of Moms for America, said the 21-day challenge and CRT’s teaching was “racially diverse” and “anti-American.”

“Our schools have drastically gone astray and they must return to the mission of education,” Kraulidis said. “No indoctrination.”

Katie Macfarland, a mother of children in Detroit’s public school system, said she came forward to protest because she found the 21-day challenge and the CRT offensive and divisive.

“We have to give racism the death it really deserves and stop the CRT and teach our children the right values ​​and the right history and that we live in the greatest country in the world,” Macfarland told Center Square in a interview.

However, Macfarland says there is a middle line between teaching historical errors and teaching CRT.

“The real story is flawed. Of course, says Macfarland. But we were not founded on slavery. We were founded on the declaration of independence.

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