Telling students their thoughts are "wrong" or "problematic" if they disagree with social or religious values promoted by some teachers and students is one way to indoctrinate students. This does not tell students HOW to think. It tells them WHAT to think. In these examples, Biblical truths are labeled as racial prejudice.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of microaggression is "a comment or action that … expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority) "
Many religious groups believe all lives matter and love conquers everything. These public statements, within our High School common areas, tell students their religious beliefs are a problem that promotes racism.
Many religious scriptures say the human race is the only race. This statement says their religious beliefs promote racism.
The cultural competency lessons being promoted by the Ohio Department of Education and NEA require people to see people as white people, brown people or black people. Seeing people as people, without focusing on physical characteristics, is presented as a problem that needs to be solved. Students are being told they must categorize people by skin color, or they are the problem.
All of these people are politically far left spokespeople. While there are many politically right black spokespeople, not one of them is in this picture. Why doesn't the Black History Club acknowledge black leaders with conservative values?
Here is a link to the Diversity Equity and Inclusion page that was removed from the Kings website the day after Colleen Schitter publicly spoke about what resources were on this page at the August, 2021 school board meeting.
"I am only into the first chapter of "Stamped." Already I have several concerns with his ideology, as well as his facts which don't hold up. I agree this book doesn't belong in our classrooms, and it is unreasonable to expect 16/17/18 year olds reading it to take a stand to a teacher who is giving them a grade."
- Concerned Parent 6/15/21
" I’m appalled reading the book Stamped! "
- Concerned Community Member 07/07/21
Several students, parents and community members reported they tried to read the book, but were so offended by the racist, anti-USA anti-Christian opinions in the book, presented as facts, they could not complete the book.
Here is a free educator's guide provided by the publisher for ages 12 and up. Pay special attention to the daily discussion questions.
NEA is the largest teacher's union in the United States. NEA represents all the teachers in Kings Local School District. Here is a summary of what this resolution does:
At Kings School Board Meeting on 7/13/21, Karen Burton asked the school board to draft a resolution in response to this action by the NEA, so the administrators and teachers in the district will know what is expected of them on October 14 & 15.