June 5, 2020 · OPINION
Schools have “unwavering” commitment to equity
By David Jeck
And Duke Bland
Fauquier County Public Schools
We join our students, staff, families and community members who are horrified by the death of Mr. George Floyd and the national outcry that has ensued since his murder. We denounce hatred, racism and violence of any kind and commit to addressing the inequities that continue to exist in our schools and community.
Fauquier County is a strong community. The greatest lesson we have learned through COVID-19 is the magnitude of our combined strength. Our combined power, understanding, learning and work will bring about a much-needed change. Together, we must be the solution.
At FCPS, our highest priority is to provide a safe and caring environment where all students are treated with respect and dignity. The learning we do together as a school community is an important factor in the development of children’s values, attitudes and opportunities. We understand the incredible power education has to inspire positive change, even paving a path toward breaking the cycle of racism.
As Nelson Mandela so astutely shared, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Our children are our future, and therefore, our commitment to our equity work is unwavering. We want to ensure that every child, no matter their disability, race, gender or socioeconomic condition, receives what they need to be successful. We consistently address disparities, such as inequities in discipline data and educational opportunities, while providing a welcoming environment for all students in our school division. The heart of our equity work equips teachers with the tools to tackle difficult conversations and ensure inclusive environments for all students. Moving forward, we will continue to promote equity and opportunity and break down barriers for all students.
We have more work to do. We must continue to lean in and do what is right for our students and our nation. Sometimes that involves engaging in challenging discussions regarding issues of race and equity. We encourage families to help their children navigate these topics and have included a few resources to assist at the end of this letter.
Please, stay safe, be well, and join us in making sure every child in Fauquier County feels safe, included and valued.
Dr. Jeck serves as the superintendent and Mr. Bland as the school board chairman, also representing Marshall District.
CAL2 · June 12, 2020 at 11:16 am
Gonearethedays: "...brutal attacks on police, which have killed many and left others fighting for their lives..."
Aside from David Underwood who was murdered while guarding a courthouse, and Shay Mikalonis who was shot but is clinging to life, I can find no record of these "many" police you claim have been killed or critically injured during the protests.
"...take a knee in solidarity with some truly awful domestic terrorist organizations fomenting violence across our nation..."
This is an example of yet another logical fallacy called "cherry picking". Most of the protests against people being murdered by police have been peaceful, but there's always someone willing to pick out the small percentage of troublemakers, and then tell the lie that they are ALL troublemakers, in an attempt to draw attention away from the actual issue and the reasons for the protests.
But yes, there have been exceptions; like the police caught on video systematically slashing the tires of every car they could find, causing many thousands of dollars in damage; the countless unprovoked attacks by police against peaceful protesters, some of whom were hospitalized; the journalist who lost her eye to a (less lethal) shotgun blast obviously aimed at eye level; all the other journalists who've been attacked and/or arrested by police for simply being there and doing their jobs; or Sean Monterrosa who was murdered by police DURING protests against exactly that, while he was on his knees with his hands in the air. Or the white supremacists who've been using the chaos as a cover to go around beating people and damaging property.
It's ironic that you pay lip service to teaching kids about liberty, good citizenship and the burdens of maintaining freedom, and then in the very next sentence condemn those who are taking up that burden to maintain liberty, as "terrorists". For shame.
"What we're watching play out in America is a bizarre passion play with a felonious, drug-using ex-con elevated to the status of Jesus Christ."
What we're watching in your long winded manifesto of empty rhetoric and victim blaming, with racist overtones is an attempt to justify the murder of people by police. You can try to change the subject, but you can't change the facts.
CAL2 · June 11, 2020 at 7:32 pm
AmericanPatriot: "When did the schools have an 'equity' moment for the little white boy thrown off a 5 story balcony by a black racist?"
What's your point? Are you actually implying that those condemning the murders of citizens by police don't care about other victims of crime? See below for the definition of 'whataboutism'.
Alohaexpress · June 11, 2020 at 12:39 pm
Sean Polster, David Jeck and BLM were responsible. Why dont you ask them how they facilitated?
DonkeyFarmer · June 11, 2020 at 9:15 am
Warrenton Police Department reported this as a "Student demonstration."
I don't see how this was organized by "students" as they have been out of school since MARCH!
I'd like to know who is responsible for this.
DonkeyFarmer · June 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm
Call your county supervisor tomorrow. If this is true, somebody needs to be held to account.
Alohaexpress · June 10, 2020 at 9:25 pm
Nothing was blocked out
DonkeyFarmer · June 10, 2020 at 9:22 pm
Aloha, you saw this first-hand?
Only way school buses would be shuttling protesters around is if the school district was involved. If they are using the buses for anything other than students, the word "School" must be blocked out on the bus. Do you recall if the word "School" was blacked out?
Alohaexpress · June 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm
Hmmmmmm. 3 Fauquier County School buses shuttling protestors from Eva Walker Park this afternoon after they blocked traffic on Waterloo.
By the way, they were not social distancing either,if that even matters to anyone.
DonkeyFarmer · June 10, 2020 at 8:37 pm
Aloha, where did you get this information from?
Alohaexpress · June 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Hey David Jeck and Duke Bland,
Could you explain how you just allowed Fauquier County buses to transport BLM memebers to protest on Waterloo Street? Who allowed Tax Payer funded buses to be used and under what insurance policy did this fall under?
No justice No Peace...
AmericanPatriot · June 9, 2020 at 8:22 am
When did the schools have an 'equity' moment for the little white boy thrown off a 5 story balcony by a black racist?
Gonearethedays · June 8, 2020 at 5:55 pm
The Fauquier County Public Schools GOALS 2015 Course of Politically Correct Indoctrination, with all of its non-traditional reprogramming of young impressionable minds to celebrate our differences while minimizing, if not outright ignoring, the essential truths of the nobler aspects of our American founding, has become a textbook case for Private Schooling and Home Schooling by concerned parents and students alike who wish to learn their uniquely American spiritual, cultural and political inheritance personified in the Declaration of Independence, our Bill of Rights, our Articles of Confederation, our Virginia Declaration of Rights, our Virginia Constitution and our U.S. Constitution, and our proud and distinguished Southern heritage- a distinct culture which predates that of the United States. It is impossible to teach honest comparison of other nations and cultures espoused in Goals 2015 without teaching our young American citizens and Virginians the essential truths of their unique cultural of liberty, the sacrifice and burdens of maintaining our freedom, and good citizenship; and how all students find find themselves here today and why.
After seeing students and adults and our Town Police Chief (coincidentally from New Jersey) take a knee in solidarity with some truly awful domestic terrorist organizations fomenting violence across our nation, writer Andrea Widburg at American Thinker today captures what is not being taught and will never be taught to students in the current public schools of America to equip them to be critical thinkers dealing in facts, not Cultural Marxism Propaganda.
Since the Black Lives Matter cult took to the streets, what's kept most people riveted to their television screens and computer monitors is footage showing the looting and violence that BLM, with help from its Antifa friends, has brought to Democrat cities across America. People have also been horrified by the brutal attacks on police, which have killed many and left others fighting for their lives.
Lately, though, other images have been cropping up showing woke white people engaging in ritual self-abasement to atone for their horrible racist sins. It's these woke white people who advanced the leftist policies that left too many American blacks broken.
Democrats pushed welfare, which made fathers superfluous because their presence in a household decreased those welfare benefits. Men without meaning too often turn to crime, decimating black communities.
In addition to fiscal and criminal initiatives that harmed blacks, the same woke whites did something even worse: they denied blacks' agency. All other people who have come to America and faced poverty and racism have buckled down and bested the system through education and hard work. Some fell by the wayside, but most managed to leap into the middle class.
The blacks were making that same journey after World War II as systemic barriers against them slowly fell. They should all have joined the middle-class trajectory with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made it a federal crime to discriminate against them. Instead, white liberals told blacks that everything that was wrong with them, whether collectively or individually, was the fault of whites.
Suddenly, blacks were no longer responsible for themselves. Every failure, every disappointment, every criminal act, every bit of bad luck- it was all fault of the white race. You didn't have to work harder, re-examine your assumptions, do well in school, get a job, get married, have children, stay married, avoid criminal behavior, or anything else. All you had to do was blame whites. Your situation didn't improve, but you didn't have to carry around any sense of guilt about poor choices or make any efforts towards improving your lot. Teaching people to think this way is insanely cruel. Having said that, the most recent acts of white woke abasement calls for more eyeball bleach than is to be found in all of North America. Public school students, taught to be ashamed of their race and alleged privilege begging for forgiveness from black strangers; Police Chiefs kneeling in solidarity with Antifa and Black Lives Matter Terror Organizations; feet washing of black strangers; etc. What we're watching play out in America is a bizarre passion play with a felonious, drug-using ex-con elevated to the status of Jesus Christ.
Leftist whites are truly guilty of hurting blacks, having successfully killed their culture with misplaced, paternalistic,demeaning "kindness." Nevertheless, what's happening now is not the way to fix the situation. This is the way to destroy our nation more surely than Mr. Lincoln's bloody invasion of the American South ever did.
Here is a refreshing George State Patrol Officer who eloquently placed everything happening across our nation in the proper perspective:
AmericanPatriot · June 6, 2020 at 8:01 pm
Sorry, Justine Damond. Must be a baseball freudian slip.
AmericanPatriot · June 6, 2020 at 7:59 pm
Equity means the death of Justine Desmond is just as important as George Floyd.
Equity means the end of affirmative action.
Equity means ALL lives matter.
Will you sign on to that?
Demosthenes · June 6, 2020 at 7:25 pm
AP - I never said that America owed me anything. I have no idea why you would imply that this is what my post is about. I simply pointed out how hot the race issue is in this county. As such, our schools and government should address it. What are you so afraid of?
AmericanPatriot · June 6, 2020 at 3:28 pm
Stop whining, demo, and do something constructive with your life. America doesn't owe you a damn thing.
Demosthenes · June 6, 2020 at 10:06 am
While DF wants to claim that our county doesn't have a "problem with race" it would seem that the volume of comments on every Fauquiernow page related to race proves him wrong.
We have over 100 comments just in the thread started with the headline about the Warrenton police chief being disgusted by the Floyd killing.
If we didn't have a problem, people would read the headlines, shrug, and go about their day. But they continue to post a million different attacks on the Black Lives movement and against any government official who says we should hear them out.
Clearly this county has a problem.
DonkeyFarmer · June 5, 2020 at 7:21 pm
They didn't post the book-list that the Superintendent and chairman recommended...
One of the books they recommended is called "Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X" for AGES 6-10!!! A book about the militant racist and anti-semite Malcolm X! That portrays him as a little innocent boy in order to brainwash our children even more.
WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH RACE IN THIS COUNTY DR. JECK! STOP PUSHING THIS WHITE GUILT ON OUR CHILDREN!
I went to public school in Los Angeles in the 90's. I have seen all this crap. Trying to turn every black kid into a victim and shaming every white boy with guilt DOES NOT WORK. It simply breeds resentment in the white boys and a victim attitude in the black kids.
My kids have friends of every race that get along fine. They don't need adults telling them they are racists. and black kids don't need teachers telling them they are victims.
NewBmore · June 5, 2020 at 4:44 pm
Ipse dixit (Latin for "he said it himself") is an assertion without proof; or a dogmatic expression of opinion.
The fallacy of defending a proposition by baldly asserting that it is "just how it is" distorts the argument by opting out of it entirely: the claimant declares an issue to be intrinsic, and not changeable.
AmericanPatriot · June 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm
It is an example of recognizing history, and acknowledging fact, over hysteria.
NewBmore · June 5, 2020 at 3:38 pm
In logic and reasoning, a faulty generalization, similar to a proof by example in mathematics, is a conclusion made about all or many instances of a phenomenon, that has been reached on the basis of one or a few instances of that phenomenon. It is an example of jumping to conclusions.
AmericanPatriot · June 5, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Every tactic used by the left are products designed and perfected by soviet propagandists around the world.
When leftist hypocrisy is highlighted, the feeble cries of 'whataboutism' are launched, and at least this drone is honest enough to attribute it to their ancestors.
NewBmore · June 5, 2020 at 2:26 pm
Whataboutism, also known as whataboutery, is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument.
NewBmore · June 5, 2020 at 2:25 pm
Whataboutism is particularly associated with Soviet and Russian propaganda. When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the Soviet response would often be "What about ..." followed by an event in the Western world. According to Russian writer and political activist Garry Kasparov, it is a word that was coined to describe the frequent use of a rhetorical diversion by Soviet apologists and dictators, who would counter charges of their oppression, "massacres, gulags, and forced deportations" by invoking American slavery, racism, lynchings, etc. Whataboutism has been adopted by other politicians and countries and has become a signature of the Trump administration.
AmericanPatriot · June 5, 2020 at 6:52 am
Will you join us in an equitable showing of disgust for the murder of Justine Damond?
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