A California University has decreed that it will no longer send student teachers, a crucial source of educational manpower, to a school district because of its ban on the indoctrination of Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts.
According to a report from The Daily Caller News Foundation and statements from both the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District in Sacramento and California State University Fullerton, the rift began to form with a resolution approved in April by the school board that prohibited the instruction of CRT doctrine. In particular, the notion that white Americans have innate guilt and moral inferiority due to the historic practices of slavery and segregation is at issue.
CSU Fullerton wrote in its statement to the school district,
“The placement of student teachers in Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District, 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 language of the school board’s ban places it directly at odds with CSU Fullerton’s goals to root their students in “diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, race and gender theories,” and of course “tenets of Critical Race Theory.”
The school board wrote in the ban, “The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District condemns racism (a prejudged attitude and discriminatory behavior against individuals or groups on the grounds of race) and will not tolerate racism, racist conduct, bigotry, or anything that constitutes hate crimes.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, one parent who supported the ban said, “We need to preserve our history and not blame anybody and move forward and stop dividing this country. Everybody wants to pick a side. Stop picking a side and pick the side of the future.”
The Times wrote that at the time of the ban’s consideration, The American Historical Association wrote to the school board with a claim that has been repeated in almost every debate of Critical Race Theory in Schools. “Critical race theory is usually not taught in K–12 classrooms. Why explicitly mention this theoretical construct and not others, since there is a nearly infinite universe of theoretical approaches that are currently not taught in the district but might be objectionable to different people for different reasons?” executive director James Grossman wrote.
The letter from CSU Fullerton would seem to refute that notion when they say that the “pedagogical approaches” they teach are “rooted” in the “tenets of Critical Race Theory.”
When the University asked the school district how they were providing “just, equitable and inclusive education,” with the ban in place, the district’s reply was very appropriate.
“While we respect the university’s right to make this determination, we are disappointed by their decision to pause the placement of new student teachers in our district,” they wrote in a statement.
“We value our partnership with Cal State Fullerton University, and we look forward to continuing the discussion about renewing their placement of student teachers in Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District, and about our continued commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and culturally relevant and inclusive teaching practices.”
The clear implication is that the “tenets of Critical Race Theory” in the district’s view do not include a “commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and culturally relevant and inclusive teaching practices.”