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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

No critical race theory? No student teachers

Photo: Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District

A California ed school won’t send student teachers to a nearby school district that has banned critical race theory, reports Jill Replogle in LAist.

Cal State Fullerton’s College of Education wrote:

The placement of student teachers in Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD), at this time, would place us in conflict with our goals to prepare teacher candidates with pedagogical approaches rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, race and gender theories, cultural linguistic studies, social emotional well-being, and tenets of Critical Race Theory.

The school board's April 5 resolution supports "efforts in education to promote equity, respect, diversity; celebrate the contributions of all; and encourage culturally relevant and inclusive teaching practices," but banned "the use of Critical Race Theory as a framework to guide such efforts.”

In its response to Cal Fullerton, the district said it remains focused on "providing a fair, equitable, and inclusive education for all students."

"Systemic wokeness" has infected public education, writes Daniel Buck, a teacher and Chalkboard Review ,on National Review.

Jefferson County Schools in Kentucky now requires prospective administrators to go through an “equity screener” that will penalize those who fail "to utter the necessary progressive shibboleths."

In Illinois, the standards for teacher preparation require prospective teachers to assess their “biases” and analyze how to mitigate their own “racism, sexism, homophobia, unearned privilege, [and] Eurocentrism.” They must critically consider the “wide spectrum fluidity of identities” and the need for “social advocacy and social action.” The standards even require that teachers “create opportunities for student advocacy.”

The problem isn't a few renegade teachers with blue (or pink) hair, Buck writes. It's systemic.

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Oct 25, 2022

Who is doing whom the favor when it comes to having student teachers? Where I come from, local universities work to place student teachers. Not sending student teachers to a specific school district sounds like more of a hassle for the university, not a punishment for the school district.


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