FIRST ON FOX: Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently held an equity summit involving the governor’s appointed state education agency, where he told other state agencies that concepts like “objectivity” and “individualism” stem from a “culture of white supremacy” and ” said that it should be rejected in favor of “white supremacy”. pedagogy of local relations”.
Inslee, interim executive director of the state’s Professional Pedagogical Standards Board (PESB), a 12-member governor-appointed committee dedicated to advancing “educational equity,” delivered a PowerPoint presentation during the 2022 Governor’s Capital Summit in Tacoma on Nov. 30. It’s called “Internal Transformation: How an Education Agency Is Transforming Itself for Justice.”
PESB presentation It began with a “recognition of the land” that recognizes the “original inhabitants of the places we occupy,” and he asked Zoom viewers and in-person participants to “please take a few seconds to recognize the land you live on as your traditional homeland. Indigenous Peoples.”
After the land recognition ceremony, a “moment of silence” to consider “how this country has upheld the history of democracy and freedom while minimizing the impact of violence and oppression on marginalized communities, communities built on the backs of this nation.” continued with
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The presentation then outlined some of the “cultural changes” PESB believes are “needed” in the Washington State Department of Education and other state agencies.
“What does that look like if we shift from a culture of white supremacy to a pedagogy of Indigenous relations? What can you do tomorrow?” asked one of the slides.
The slide presents several concepts based on the “Culture of White Supremacy”. 2020 article by Tema Okun of the same name.
Racist concepts, according to the PESB presentation, include “Perfectionism”, “Worship of the Written Word”, “Individualism” and “Objectivity”, among others, and the slide shows how these concepts can be replaced by a “pedagogy of indigenous relations” shown.
For example, perfectionism is “confusing making mistakes with being wrong, doing wrong with being wrong.” according to the presentation. One way to fix this, he says, is to “develop a learning organization where everyone is expected to make mistakes and where those mistakes provide opportunities for learning.”
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The presentation noted that the “cult of the written word” discriminates against certain people because “those with strong documentation and writing skills are highly valued, even in organizations where interacting with others is key to the mission.” It suggested that government agencies “try to recognize the contributions and skills that everyone brings.”
Individualism and the “desire for individual recognition and credit” “create a lack of responsibility because the organization values those who can do things on their own without supervision or direction,” the presentation noted. It suggested that government agencies “hold people accountable as groups rather than as individuals.”
The presentation also dispelled beliefs that “there is such a thing as objective or ‘neutral'” and that “emotions are inherently destructive, irrational, and should not play a role in decision-making or group processes.”
“Recognize that while we may know things emotionally and intuitively, we may not be able to ‘rationally’ explain it,” he says. “Understand that oftentimes ‘rational’ thinking is actually an emotional response based on logic.”
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Inslee delivered the summit’s opening and closing remarks, stressing that the ideals advanced “must be fulfilled” in order to achieve true equality.
“Unless we decide to break these chains of history, we will not break centuries of custom and thinking,” Inslee said in his speech. opening speech at the summit. “And that’s why we’re here today to consciously, intentionally, bring equity and fairness to the way we do business.”
“I got a lot out of listening to people today,” Inslee said later in his speech closing words, they were delivered via Zoom. “If we’re going to bend the arc of the universe here, the things that people talk about need to be done, and we’ve identified what they are.”
An initial request to Inslee’s office included references to both PESB presentation in Google Docs and the Google Drive document included in slide 11 of the presentation is included in this report and is also publicly available online.
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James Smith, Inslee’s communications director, said he had no knowledge of the presentation.
“I didn’t see that presentation, just your email with cherry-picked random words and phrases from one presenter at one conference,” Smith wrote. “The Legislature and governor created a state office of equity to support state agencies in developing a pro-equality, anti-racist approach to community engagement and policy development.”
“I’ve never heard anyone in this line of work publicly claim that public servants shouldn’t have feelings or be objective,” he added.
again presented both links to the governor’s office, as well as a Third link to Facebook photo Announced by PESB, its Interim Executive Director Erica Hernandez-Scott received a “Special Recognition from the Capital Office” for her presentation at the Governor’s Summit.
Inslee’s office did not respond to a second request.
PESB did not respond to a request for comment.