In an open letter addressed to the Bellingham School District a group of local parents expressed their concerns.  They claim that “The divisive ideology to which you’ve subscribed has no place in public schools”.

The full letter is below

Open Letter to Bellingham Public Schools

All children add value to the community and all children should be treated with dignity and respect. Kids should be taught to celebrate each other’s differences and we are grateful to live in a school district that believes this to be true.  However, educators and parents alike must be willing to leave divisive opinions and partisanship outside of the classroom, so that we might work together and strengthen this common belief.

We are concerned that the leadership of Bellingham Public Schools have collectively jumped on a political bandwagon, abandoning not only conservative, but moderate and even liberal families.  The divisive ideology to which you’ve subscribed has no place in public schools. The evidence keeps presenting itself, yet when parents try to address it, we are met with absolute disregard.

In one way or another we’ve all asked how you can promote such radical politics in a public school.  To which you all parrot the same reply, “there’s nothing political about equity, diversity or inclusion.”

Here’s an example of an EDI book taught in a Bellingham third grade classroom:

[1]This “image is from “A Place Inside of Me” by Zetta Elliott”
Our children are being taught to view the police as faceless, villainous thugs.  They’re being exposed to violent imagery and indoctrinated into an ideological movement.  There are ways of discussing racism without vilifying entire groups of people.

We are disheartened that our schools are sowing racial division.  The following poem was also read in an elementary classroom.  When a student’s mother questioned the appropriateness of this and other books[1], she was told that her child could leave the class if it bothered her.

Image 2 is from “Can I Touch Your Hair?” by Latham & Waters

“I keep my fists ready, but he turns away.”  So, rather than teach children to talk through a difficult situation, we are teaching them to first hit, return the insult, then be ready to fight?  We realize that materials such as these are meant to be inclusive, but they are actually quite divisive.


 

The Math Equity Toolkit was included in our schools May EDI newsletter.  In it are claims that expecting the right answer, showing one’s work, and having teachers “teach” are all forms of white supremacy.

John McWhorter (see link below) referring to this very toolkit says, “it is racism propounded as antiracism.”  He then asks why “black kids shouldn’t [be] expected to master the precision of math?”  And instead “be celebrated for talking around it, gamely approximating its answers…”  This is the bigotry of low expectation.

Is it racist to expect black kids to do math for real? By John McWhorter

Book that McWhorter speaks about

In conclusion:

If you allow the curriculum to be focused on race, the years of progress that began with Dr. Martin Luther King will begin to fade..  Dr. King envisioned a world where all children were equal, no matter their skin color, ethnicity, religion, or economic status.  Our schools should be focused on on strengthening the education of our children, rather than pandering to a political movement focused on widening the racial divide.

We ask the Bellingham school district to reassess all materials focused on EDI.

We ask for transparency regarding any implementation of EDI efforts, both past and future.

We ask that you not waste taxpayer dollars investigating dubious claims, such as racism in math.

We ask that you look seriously at implementing a Pro-Human[1] or Common Humanity[2] approach rather than the common enemy approach of critical race theory.

And we demand to be part of the conversation.

[1] Pro Human: Advocating for one human race, universal civil rights and liberties, and compassionate opposition to racism and intolerance rooted in dignity and our common humanity. www.fairforall.org

[2] Common Humanity link here

Thank you for your time in reading this, we look forward to your reply,

Christopher Morris, Kim Burke, Camden Morris, Rich Dvorak, Cole Bellingar, Jake Roberts, Pam Hoksbergen, Tamara Madsen, Kasi Bannerman, Kevin Atkinson, Sondra Perkins, Scott Simmons, Jamie Chandler, Shawna Bosman, Amy Myers, Ann Seimears, Barb Burke and many others with whom we’ve spoke, received support and shared outrage.

 

13 COMMENTS

  1. “Critical race theory is an academic discipline, formulated in the 1990s and built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism. Relegated for many years to universities and obscure academic journals, it has increasingly become the default ideology in our public institutions over the past decade. It has been injected into government agencies, public school systems, teacher training programs and corporate human resources departments in the form of diversity training programs, human resources modules, public policy frameworks and school curricula.

    Its supporters deploy a series of euphemisms to describe critical race theory, including “equity,” “social justice,” “diversity and inclusion” and “culturally responsive teaching.”
    Critical race theorists, masters of language construction, realize that “neo-Marxism” would be a hard sell. Equity, on the other hand, sounds nonthreatening and is easily confused with the American principle of equality. But the distinction is vast and important. Indeed, critical race theorists explicitly reject equality — the principle proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, defended in the Civil War and codified into law with the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. To them, equality represents “mere nondiscrimination” and provides “camouflage” for white supremacy, patriarchy and oppression.” Christopher F. Rufo May 6th 2021 New York Post

  2. Excellently stated!! I deeply appreciate your courage to make a stand for a Common Humanity approach to educating our children.
    Speaking of Martin Luther King, Jr…. there used to be a requirement in every school to present a school-wide assembly which gave honor to MLK. Every year we were reminded of his famous speech: I Have A Dream. It seems that his once-appreciated focus has been erased. We must not let that happen!
    Thank you.

  3. The comment section today only confuses me. Still, if I am understanding what this is about correctly, it looks like some new, illusionary theory has become popular about basic math and more. I confess, I felt so dizzy that I could not imagine what, philosophically, 2 + 2 should imply.

  4. Christopher Morris, Kim Burke, Camden Morris, Rich Dvorak, Cole Bellingar, Jake Roberts, Pam Hoksbergen, Tamara Madsen, Kasi Bannerman, Kevin Atkinson, Sondra Perkins, Scott Simmons, Jamie Chandler, Shawna Bosman, Amy Myers, Ann Seimears, Barb Burke and many others with whom we’ve spoke, received support and shared outrage.

    Careful folks, you keep this up and you may restore my faith in my fellow citizens. I applaud you.

  5. a video going viral of Tatiana Ibrahim addressing Carmel school board, in NY is an excellent primer on citizen involvement to overturn critical race theory. Tatiana leaves them all speechless.

  6. The Public Schools have been teaching Evolution like it’s fact, even though it’s a ridiculous THEORY, for many years now. What do you expect from a public school system with no sense of morality. The public schools will be glad to influence your child in ungodliness if you send them there. “If turn over your kids to Caesar, don’t be surprised when they turn into Romans”

    • This comment has no place on this forum. Forcing religious beliefs onto children is the same as pushing CRT. Neither one has a place in public schools. If you are interested in helping direct our public schools to focus on educating our children, please refrain from posting this kind of statement. If you are looking for an audience for your personal beliefs, please search out a different forum. To use words from the open letter, “Our schools should be focused on strengthening the education of our children, rather than pandering to a political movement focused on widening the racial divide”.

        • I can assure you that no one made me forum moderator. Nor was I acting in that capacity when I posted my original comment. I was merely asking (politely) the person to refrain from posting comments that don’t pertain to the article. When people post comments that have nothing to do with the subject matter, it detracts and diminishes the subject’s impact. I would feel the same if the article was about religion in schools and someone commented about CRT. However, based on the tone of your response, I may be in the wrong place. I came here based on my interest in the subject. I don’t use these forums to provide me with social interactions or for a avenue to act as a white knight. I will remove myself. However, in the future please refrain from using partial quotes. I said “If you are interested in helping direct our public schools to focus on educating our children, please refrain from posting this kind of statement”. Again, not moderating, just asking politely.

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