June 12, 2020 · OPINION
Equity education program breeds “anarchy and chaos”
By John Green
The Fauquier County public school system is paid for by our tax dollars. We have, as taxpayers and citizens, the right to know and to approve of what our students are taught.
We often say “our students are our future.” They are. But also true are the words of Josef Stalin who said: “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hand and at who it is aimed.”
It behooves us as citizens to understand and approve of what our students are taught. It’s our duty.
Our culture is in flux. Superintendent David Jeck and school board Chairman Duke Bland recently wrote an open letter published buy Fauquier Now. They declared their “unwavering” commitment to “equity” in our schools. Apparently they are referring to a recently adopted program called “Deep Equity Process.”
Dr. Jeck says this “process” is not a change in curriculum and should not be of concern by parents or citizens. I believe everything that goes on in our schools should be of concern to the community. It does affect our futures.
The school system has given us little information on “Deep Equity Process.” Why? The word equity is defined as fairness. Everything the school does should be fair to all students.
Last fall Nikki Jenkins, FCPS equity division leader, gave an interview explaining the “Deep Equity Process,” She said, “It can be as simple as making sure everyone has eaten a hardy breakfast, lunch and dinner, that levels the playing field for all students.” Also, “Equity in the classroom can be defined as giving students what they need.”
Ms. Jenkins also said all teachers and staff will undergo four days of lectures and discussion given by school based equity trainers. The “Deep Equity Process” was developed by the Corwin Co., a for-profit company paid to develop school curriculums.
I requested and was given one hour in the school board office to review a 3-inch thick training manual used in the four-day teacher and staff training. I was given a copy of the training schedule, listing lecture topics for each day. This was all I could get from the school system.
Online, I reviewed some comments made on Tucker Carlson’s TV show about “Deep Equity.” I also reviewed articles titled “New Curriculum ‘Deep Equity’ Deeply Racist.”
Here is what I found: The “Deep Equity Process” training manual starts off declaring 95 percent of all teachers are white and white folks can not possibly understand the problems of minorities. “Deep Equity” teaches America is a deeply racist nation controlled by whites. Any whites dissenting this opinion are simply too dumb and so immersed in their privileged status they can’t realize they are oppressors.
The Corwin Co. describes its curriculum “as a teacher training program that is aimed at producing real school improvements for equity and justice.” The lecture topics have nothing to do with education. It’s all about Corwin’s view of social justice: Whites control everything and oppress all non-whites and always have. This is racism.
The “Deep Equity Process” demands every minority must be treated individually because they are all different. There is no recognition of a common bond as Americans. Minorities in the Corwin program are not just racial groups. They include gay, lesbian, transgender and any other minority behavioral group. Following the precepts of “Deep Equity” will destroy America as nation. It divides people. It does not allow for America’s proud history of assimilating people from around the world to become one people – Americans.
The “Deep Equity Process” being implemented in our schools today will lead to anarchy and chaos. Is that what we want for our children, for our community, for our nation, for our future? It’s up to you. We are paying for it.
coxdenis32 · July 6, 2020 at 7:21 am
That's a very difficult question. Funding for educational programs should continue. This funding will help US schools cope with the crisis and distance chaos. I recently read a journalistic educational resource https://gradesfixer.com/free-essay-examples/entertainment/
that predicts a 5 percent drop in US economy. I am sure that Trump will use reserve educational resources.
nonewtaxes · June 18, 2020 at 11:19 pm
transition from teach where you came from to how you can help others??? How about teaching reading writing and rithmatic.
How does math transition from where you came from to how you can help others? 1+1 =2 no matter from where you came.
DonkeyFarmer · June 18, 2020 at 10:03 pm
John Green - Thank you for continuing to keep up the fight. The left have been targeting our youth since the 1960's. Public schools should stay out of politics. I blame teachers unions, NOT the teachers. Teachers unions are 100% Democrat controlled and simply fundraisers for Democrat politicians.
Rgibbs · June 17, 2020 at 9:03 pm
Maybe the third time will be the charm Mr. Green. Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory, but I hope people can see how outdated and narrow this perspective is. Using Stalin to bolster your opinion is the first indicator. Education can be viewEd as a weapon by those who wish to gain absolute power or it can be viewed as an instrument for change in a democratic state. Not sure if Joseph was big on social change. He was pretty big on inequality under the guise of communism.
The meat and potatoes of your conspiracy is all based on your own generational biases about who belongs and who does not. You should have been allotted more than a hour to view the training manual. Then, you could have provided quotes to support your stance rather than the “Here’s what I found” summarizations that clearly show your hand. The quote by Nikki Jenkins that you continue to cast out as outlandish speaks of basic needs. To be treated fairly by others and to have a place on this earth is about as basic as human rights get. Our schools, the majority of the people who work in them, and those community members who maintain hope for our youth are most able to view equity as a means to achieve equality. If you cannot see inequality in this land of assimilation, then you almost certainly cannot see inequity.
Our factory model schools are changing. They are transitioning to teach content that places less focus on where you come from and more about what you can do for others. You’re right about one thing, people who can think for themselves can be dangerous. Our country needs some courageous, educated people who have consideration for others to one day make right the wrongs. Until then, we can always count on those who view education as a weapon to seek benefit from inequality.
Truepat · June 16, 2020 at 6:41 am
Actio non verba, simple answer, vote!!!!
nonewtaxes · June 14, 2020 at 9:13 am
Are you saying they aint no white people in poverty so white people cant know what poverty is like?
What about when a non majority teacher teaches white students? How will they ever understand white students. Is there training for that or do whites overcome that disconnect through privilege - whatever that is.
Wright now the police are getting beat up for brutality and there only excuse is that they have to do too many jobs. How well can a teacher teach when they become more a social worker than a teacher?
I find it a difficult theory to accept that a teacher cannot teach 1+1 =2 without knowing and appreciating the social-economic background of the student.
How should the teacher approach the civil war? Should they skip over the reasons for, the actions of, and the results that came about because of the war so as to not hurt the feelings of some students. Will the teacher use the civil was as an example of white injustice or will the teacher explain that the northern army which fought to end this injustice was mostly white?
It seems history has changed as the peaceful demonstrators vandalize a monument to abe lincoln- the great emancipator.
Even within racial groups there is great diversity of life experiences. To group people by race and to assign an average life experience to that group is a racist action.
jrod1423 · June 14, 2020 at 8:19 am
In today’s American society, each of us has an identity that shapes how we see ourselves and others. Not only do our social norms and cultural underpinnings influence our experiences, they also set the course for how we view the world. Differences in identity—and related struggles for place and power—are woven throughout our history and social and political culture. In fact, while diversity is a hallmark and strength of our nation, the path toward common ground, mutual respect, and equity has been rocky for nearly every religious, racial, and ethnic group that has become part of the American fabric along the way. The same is true for groups identified by specific experiences and characteristics, such as gender, sexual orientation, and disability. In many respects, though, the disconnect in identity and experience between White Americans and those of nonmajority backgrounds is deeply intertwined in our most difficult challenges, such as poverty, disenfranchisement, isolation, inequity, and violence, and it isn’t fully possible to address these issues without also addressing this reality.(National Association of School Psychologists)
AmericanPatriot · June 14, 2020 at 7:50 am
Flicker who runs every single city awash in crime, poverty, and misery?
Democrats do. Remember the last time democrats ran Virginia? We had the KKK.
Welcome to deja vu all over again.
AmericanPatriot · June 14, 2020 at 7:47 am
You must be from Seattle, flicker.
FlickerV · June 14, 2020 at 7:12 am
We're so sorry that your membership in the PERMANENT MINORITY in Virginia (congrats on losing every single statewide election since 2009) leads you to fear equality for LGBTQ and black and brown people. You just might want to check out Russia. You are clearly not suited for democracy.
nonewtaxes · June 13, 2020 at 9:32 pm
Show the Deep Equity works, post comprehensive standardized test scores before and after the program.
While jeck enabled the anti-gun protest he did not protect the maga kids from bullying by minorities. Surely this cant be equal nor just.
Yes, schools should teach facts. Fact: car crashes kill more school age children then guns. Shouldn't the school expose the students to this fact and enable them to protest for stricter driving laws rather than gun laws?
AmericanPatriot · June 12, 2020 at 8:56 pm
If you don't know the difference between genitalia, you are unqualified to preach to others about science.
Johnny Galt · June 12, 2020 at 4:04 pm
Sonny: Thank you for sharing your anecdote.
I note that you are conflating two separate types of protest: am organized walk-out vs. sponsored gatherings.
On its face these are such vastly different types of protest it makes no sense to compare them in the way you've done. A false equivalency, if you will.
The former requires no intervention from the schools besides the duty to make sure the students are as safe as possible as they walk out. Any support was done to maintain a safe environment for something that the schools couldn't really stop, barring violence against the students.
Contrast this with sponsoring a gathering for a counter-protest: it's a completely different ball of wax.
Now, as far as contacting Dr. Jeck vs. the School Board - I have no idea how you ended up in such a circular argument given that you elected one of them (and thus they are responsible to you), and the other is an employee.
I'm sure you see which one should have not given you the run around.
The "whole truth" means different things to different people. Biological evolution, for instance. A demonstrable, scientific fact; yet in some communities the idea of its teaching hurts sensibilities due to the perceived conflicts with their faith. Yet, the government has a clear duty to its students to teach facts rather than bow to the majority pressure of a given religion.
I hope we can agree that liberals and conservatives are both Americans and both want the best for their country. Their differences, at the end of the day, should only be in the methods and monies used to reach the best outcomes.
Johnny Galt · June 12, 2020 at 12:26 pm
The writer's greatest sin in this particular opinion piece is his naked appeal to emotion over substantive facts.
What might have been a great forum to contrast the recent article by Dr. Jeck (https://www.fauquiernow.com/fauquier_news/entry/fauquier-schools-have-unwavering-commitment-to-equity-2020
) was instead squandered on Argumentum ad Populum, especially the Patriotic Approach, mixed with Appeals to Tradition and Circular Reasoning.
In fairness, this is an opinion piece and thus doesn't bear the burden of meeting any standards of formal research. However, since the writer presents his arguments from a standpoint of doing personal research, he invites these criticisms.
There are no citations - indeed, there are instead references to paraphrases of television talk shows conflated with unsourced quotations; Personal Incredulity abounds as a form of argument, but is demonstrably fallacious.
The author seeks to have his cake and eat it too: decrying that minorities include other groups beyond race (gays, lesbians, et al) and then attempting to argue such recognition divides our nation. He lumps those same groups into those that historically have "assimilated" - as though a gay person should "normalize" into the American standard.
This is as nonsensical as it is ignorant.
It is clear that the writer has cherry-picked his arguments and wrapped them in an emotional appeal to the taxpayer. The fallacy being that taxpayers have a right to determine educational content.
On the surface this seems reasonable, but consider that whether one pays taxes or not the educational content of Fauquier County is determined by Federal, State, County, and local laws and the democratically elected representatives we voted for. Paying taxes doesn't give one resident a greater right than a retired senior citizen to have a say: that's why we vote.
This is a standard tactic, and not wholly invalid, because of course the disposition of taxes are important. But the article is full of such appeals to emotion and generalizations, hoping to sway the reader that majority personal beliefs should be imposed on the minority.
If the writer wanted to provide a decent service (having gone to the trouble to actually visit the school!), again, as a contrary view to any adoption of Deep Equity styled education leadership, they could have explored actual criticisms of the topic rather than engaging in petty dog-whistling to nationalism.
Such valid criticisms include:
* Relianace on standardized test scores
* Onus on the teachers to create differentiated content
* Lack of focus on classroom size
It is not that the writer should be shamed for their stance, nor should the agreeable reader. Instead it should be understood how easily swayed opinions are based on incomplete information.
Jim Griffin · June 12, 2020 at 11:09 am
"Apparently they are referring to a recently adopted program called “Deep Equity Process.”
That's your assumption. Prove it. I cannot find in their words the words used by you: Deep or process or even the adoption of a program.
Something tells me they aren't making an "unwavering" commitment to a commercial program sold by Corwin or they would've said so. Given the context of the times in which we live, it seems obvious it is the very American notion of equity from which they will not waver, as in equal rights.
Tell me, do school records reveal they bought an unwavering, lifetime subscription from Corwin? Upon what do you base your assumption other than one common word, Equity?
Equity is embedded in our US Constitution.
The Equal Protection Clause is a clause from the text of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The clause, which took effect in 1868, provides "nor shall any State [...] deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws".
Our Declaration of Independence adds support. The second paragraph starts as follows: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Equity is equity, not "Deep Equity Process as sold by Corwin." If it were the latter, they'd've said so. They didn't.
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