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July 19, 2021 · OPINION

School “social engineering” gets too little attention

By John Green
Bealeton

Our schools have become overrun with social engineering programs. The public, until recently, just sat back and let the “professionals” do their thing. Their “thing” has strayed far from education and gotten out of control. I want to describe how one recent program – the “Deep Equity Process” – was handled in Fauquier County.

Here is how Deep Equity Process was introduced to Fauquier County Public Schools. Consider if this is in accordance with established procedures. Three parties were involved – the school system, PATH Foundation and the Fauquier County School Board. The public knew little about what was happening.
Deep Equity Process was adapted from a book by Gary R. Howard. It’s titled “We Can’t Lead Where We Won’t Go – An Educator’s Guide to Equity.” In July 2020, it listed for $269.99 in paperback and $518.50 for spiral-bound at Amazon. It was not meant for public reading. Mr. Howard worked for CORWIN, a part of Sage Publishing.

In the fall of 2017, Fauquier Associate Superintendent Major Warner appointed Nikki Jenkins as instructional supervisor and Equity Team lead. The school board had not yet approved Deep Equity. In August 2018, the PATH Foundation paid $20,000 to bring Pedro Nogurea from the University of California-Berkley to Fauquier County to talk with school system employees about equity. At the August 14, 2018, school board meeting FCPS staff tried to change the Mission Statement by inserting the word “equity” for “equal.” The change was tabled.

In May 2019, Ms. Jenkins released an interview detailing Deep Equity Process and how they were training instructors for teaching all the teachers. Her explanations were rather nonspecific. For example she said Deep Equity could be as simple as making sure every student had a good breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In the fall of 2019, the school board accepted a grant for $73,000 for “Equity Focus” from the PATH Foundation. Apparently the school board didn’t realize this money was paid to Sage Publications for their training of our equity teachers. On August 1, 2019, FCPS started training teachers and staff in the Deep Equity Process, a four-day course.

At that time, the school board had not approved Deep Equity Process. It appears the money for the program all came from PATH Foundation. At the end of 2019, the school board did approve Action Plan 1.2 from Aspirations 2.2, dated November 16, 2019. Here is what it said: “Provide intentional professional learning for all staff that aligns with school division goals, and continue to monitor implementation of evidence-based practices and protocols that address quality and rigorous instruction to ensure equity for all learners.” This does not sound like Deep Equity Process. Was Deep Equity Process actually approved by the school board?

It appears the Deep Equity Process was important to the PATH Foundation. And, it appears they paid for most of it. Is that proper? It appears Fauquier County Public Schools wanted the program. It appears the school board had little knowledge of what was going on. That’s mismanagement. And we, the people paying for it, were kept in the dark

One last fact: Two important members of the school system’s administration serve on the PATH Foundation Board of Directors. Is this a conflict of interest?

But what is Deep Equity Process? It states 95 percent of teachers are White and “white folks” can’t possibly understand minority problems. Each minority must be taught by their own. This divides people by race, class and gender. It is the opposite of what made America great. Their goal is seeking equal outcome among all students.

I don’t know if any laws were broken. I’m not a lawyer. But I do know this is no way to run a school system that spends almost 60 percent of our taxes each year. We need change. We need public involvement.
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