Forget reading and math - Carranza wants focus on racial privilege, activism
[NYPOST] City kids are struggling with basic math and English ‐ but a new Department of Education curricular initiative focuses instead on racial privilege and activism, The Post has learned.

Pushed by Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, the "Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education" program will require schools to "identify and interrupt policies and practices that center historically advantaged social/cultural groups and lead to predictable outcomes of success or failure for historically marginalized students."

"The simplistic narrative that is being peddled is white privilege," said Maud Maron, president of Community Education Council 2.

"What’s confounding about this proposal is that it doesn’t acknowledge the successes of students doing well in New York City public schools and instead identifies it as problematic white privilege," she added,

Maron, who is running for the City Council in lower Manhattan, added, "They also have to deal with the inconvenient fact that somehow, low-income Asian students are outperforming all other groups in a system they argue historically and currently centers whiteness."

The DOE directive further states that classroom activities should "foster critical consciousness about historical and contemporary forms of bias oppression" and that schools should now "promote student agency to end societal inequities."

In an interview with education news website Chalkbeat earlier this month, outgoing Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg said that CR-SE "has been the biggest system-wide change that we’re seeing right now."

Posted by: Fred 2019-07-25