Critical Race Theory topic at Essex Town Hall meeting tonight

A slide from the Essex High School SEL program, based on Critical Race Theory

by Guy Page

The influence of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Essex schools will be the topic of a ‘Town Hall’ meeting 6:30 tonight at the Grange building on Rte. 15 in Essex Town.

CRT has been a hot topic at several recent Essex-Westford school board meetings. On May 4 the district’s equity and inclusion director said CRT is an “important aspect” of the district’s programming. However, two weeks later the school superintendent seemed to backpedal, saying that the district is not implementing a CRT curriculum, but then adding that “equity is not a specific curriculum. Equity is not a specific purchase in the budget. Equity is not only one person’s job. Equity can not be described in a checklist. Equity touches all of our educational offerings, operations, and facilities.”

Speakers include:

Alex Katsnelson, a graduating Essex High School senior, will discuss the SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) slides that appear at the high school. A member of the school speech and debate team, he believes there shouldn’t be a political agenda in the schools. 

Liz Cady will be discussing what Critical Race Theory is and its implications for our children.  With a background as a writer/editor and a member of a military family, she and her husband removed their two children from the Essex-Westford School District this year. “We opted to send them to an independent school due to what was at first the remote learning plan and now due to finding out about this ideology in school,” Cady said. She was elected to the school board in March.

Sen. Russ Ingalls – the state senator from Essex/Orleans counties will discuss the issue at the state level.

Information about educational alternatives to CRT will be shared. Question and answer will follow. The meeting is open to the public. All speakers will be recognized by the moderator.

Categories: Education

6 replies »

  1. It’s a religion. If you want to push religion into the soft heads of children, do it in your home. The state should not be allowing this crap in school.

    • ‘The State’ should NOT be educating our children, period! If, as a society, we deem it proper to subsidize all children with ‘Equal Access’ to a ‘Free and Appropriate Education’, parents should be provided a School Choice Voucher used to choose the education program they believe best meets the needs of their children.

      If parents want to indoctrinate their children in any way, that’s their business… not The State’s.

      • I would like to address the topic of a “free ” education. There is no such thing as a “free” education, no matter what level of learning. I do not, nor have I ever had children, but I have the “honor, and privilege” of the knowledge that 2/3s of my yearly local property tax goes to educating other people’s children. You’re welcome…….

      • As I said Mr. Finnie, “If, as a society, we deem it proper to subsidize all children…”. The point isn’t whether or not we should do so – although that is a valid discussion – the point is that we currently do. And no one said it was free for you and me. Rather, that it’s free to the children.

        So don’t obfuscate the point at hand. As long as we’re subsidizing our children’s education, do you want ‘The State’ to control what is learned, or the parents?

      • Ok neighbors…you know that’s compelling! Make your voices heard. The Money Follows the Kids.

  2. Pay attention now, class. Here begins today’s lesson on setting a ‘perjury trap’…. when the government calls a witness before the grand jury for the primary purpose of obtaining testimony in order to prosecute him or her later for a contrived offense… and how to avoid it.

    1. When did you become aware of your race?
    When I was a child.

    2. Did the adults in your life have to address the topic of race?
    As a child, I don’t know what the adults in my life ‘had to do’. I don’t believe any of them were forced to address the topic of race. As an adult, I was never forced to do so.

    3. Beyond self-education, what is the most important action you can personally take?
    To do what? And what education is there other than ‘self-education’?

    4. Talk about the parallels between lynchings and police brutality.
    What parallels?

    5. If you are white, how has your race affected you?
    As an individual.

    6. What relationship do you have with the police, and how does your race play into that?
    None of my family members are police officers or work for a police department…therefore I don’t have ‘a relationship’ with ‘the police’.

    Course synopsis:

    “A rhetorical question is a question that requires no reply, either because the answer is obvious or because the asker already knows (or thinks they know) the answer. Rhetorical questions are generally used to draw a contrast, persuade the audience, make the listener think, or direct the reader’s attention to an important topic.”

    “How am I to get in?” asked Alice again, in a louder tone.”
    “Are you to get in at all?” said the Footman, “That’s the first question, you know.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Ch. 6.

    A “loaded question”, like a loaded gun, is a dangerous thing. A loaded question is a question with a false or questionable presupposition, and it is “loaded” with that presumption. The question “Have you stopped beating your wife?” presupposes that you have beaten your wife prior to its asking, as well as that you have a wife. If you are unmarried, or have never beaten your wife, then the question is loaded.

    Caveat emptor

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