The Biden administration’s guidance for reopening the school fueled the handbook of a radical activist group that advocates for teachers to “disrupt whitewashing and other forms of harassment.”
The Department of Education is affiliated with the Abolitionist Learning Network’s “Guide to Racial Justice and Abolitionist Social and Emotional Education”. booklet The recommendation is intended to help schools reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic, and to spend the billions of dollars collectively received through the US rescue plan.
The Abolitionist Teaching Networks Website It includes links to various materials and media that often contain language associated with important race theory, although the group avoids using the exact phrase.
“Abolitionist Teacher”[b]Build a school culture that engages in healing and advocacy. This requires a commitment to learning from students, families, and teachers that disrupt Whiteness and other forms of harassment,” the group states in its guide.
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Critical race theory advocates have argued that the theory is not being taught in public schools and there are complaints from opponents. exuberant. But many of the Abolitionist Teaching Network board members and affiliated activists are current or former teachers who push for racial reform in public schools.
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While the mission statement of the Abolitionist Teaching Network is vague, its rhetoric elsewhere indicates that it aims to overhaul schools to make racial awareness a priority.
The group’s website states, “The mission of the Abolitionist Teaching Network is to develop and support those in the struggle for educational freedom by using the intellectual work and direct action of abolitionists.”
But in material referenced by the Department of Education, the group describes how “eliminationist teachers” should guide students toward “eliminationist” social and emotional learning.
In addition to finding teachers committed to disrupting whiteness, the guide states that teachers should “remove all punitive or disciplinary practices that kill black, brown and Indigenous children.”
The guide notes that social and emotional learning “can be a covert form of policing used to punish, criminalize, and control Black, Brown and Indigenous children.” It also states that such learning standards are “rooted in Eurocentric norms” and do not “empower, love, affirm or liberate” those children.
Social and emotional learning is essentially how people develop identity, emotional management and various social and interpersonal skills, Collaborative for academic, social and emotional learning.
The Abolitionist Teaching Network’s guide also lists the “demands” of abolitionist teachers, including “[f]Rea, anti-racism therapy for white teachers and support staff.” Additionally, it states that standards of teaching and learning, as well as teacher evaluations, are “based in the pursuit of black, brown and indigenous emancipation, criticality, excellence, and joy.” Should be.”
The network “is not dedicated to building new schools or remodeling schools, but to destroying schools that harm black and brown children,” co-founder Bettina Love said during a welcome webinar.
Love also noted that the network will “build up a national database of antitrust school counselors, therapists, and lawyers.” She said her group plans to pay its “workers in residence” to travel around the country and “go to schools or communities and do dismantling work”.
“If you don’t recognize that there is white supremacy in everything we do, then we have a problem,” Love, who is also chairman of the board of directors, said. “I want us to be scared.”
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Another co-founder and fellow board member, Brandelin Tosolt described himself as a “teacher of white teachers”. She said during the webinar that she has a “significant history” of “trying to help other white teachers in trouble against their internal white supremacy and blackness”.
The Abolitionist Teaching Network only started in 2020, according to linkedin page. It’s unclear why it was added under the guidance of the Department of Education, although Deputy Secretary Cindy Marton, serving as superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, hosted Love, LBL previously reported.
As first reported by the Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Christopher Rufo And as confirmed by LBL, Love conducted diversity training for managers and principals in September 2020. During this training, Love stated that schools did not see black people as human beings and were anti-black. Love also said that the school is “soul killing” black students.
“Soul Murder” “Slow Death, Spirit Death, a death built on racism and intended to undermine, humiliate, and destroy people of color,” Love wrote In 2019 article.
LBL previously reported that Marten gave Love a great introduction to diversity training.
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The US rescue plan provided $122 billion for the Department of Education to distribute to state agencies, which would later distribute the funds to the local school system. Local education agencies must use at least 20% of the funding provided to address learning losses through programs that consider the “educational, social and emotional needs of students”, the rescue plan states. .
The Department of Education’s handbook, which guides local school systems to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic, has a section hyperlinked to guidance from the Abolitionist Learning Network.
“Schools are the microcosm of society, therefore, culturally responsible practices” [and] Intentional interactions relating to race and social emotional learning … are the foundation of participating in democracy and should be the anchor principle in building a school system of educational opportunity,” states the handbook, with a portion hyperlinked to the Abolitionist Learning Network. .
The introduction to the handbook states that schools now have funds to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic “and for whom the pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities.”
“A districtwide or schoolwide approach … that is responsive to the trauma of COVID-19 and grounded in equity can help all students feel seen and valued,” the handbook continues. “It is important for teachers to recognize that social and emotional competencies can be expressed differently across cultures, particularly given that young students of color are living through historical moments in American history, are seeing and understanding and they have their place in it.”
Neither the Department of Education nor the Abolitionist Teaching Network responded to LBL’ requests for comment.