“White culture” includes “promoting independence, self expression, personal choice, individual thinking and achievement,” according to training required for administrators (and optional for teachers) in Oregon’s Gresham-Barlow district. A belief in upward mobility also is “white,” according to the training documents obtained by a school board member.
The Portland-area school district spends $100,000 each year on an “educational equity” conference, reports EAG News.
“Many white people in Oregon have no idea that our schools and state are immersed in white culture and are uncomfortable and harmful to our students of color, while also reinforcing the dominant nature of white culture in our white students and families,” one of the conference documents explains.
Administrators and teachers are told to stop “blaming when students don’t meet standards” and instead start “examining our beliefs and practices when students don’t meet standards.”
One participant is quoted as praising the “journey” that led him to realize: “I am a white male racist with power and a stake in the dominant culture for that is what has allowed and given me social and financial success.”
This approach to “equity” sounds incredibly racist to me. Not to mention “harmful to students of color.”