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    “Black Lives Matter” curriculum popping up in classrooms

    “Black Lives Matter” curriculum popping up in classrooms

    Keep an eye on your child’s schoolwork.

    Teachers in the San Francisco United School District are concerned about race.

    In an area where schools are almost 90% non-white, you’d expect that an emphasis on cultural diversity would happen by default, and that teachers wouldn’t need the help of an institutionalized curriculum to get the job done. But in the wake of the Ferguson protests and rise of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, five teachers from the San Francisco area have teamed up to provide other educators with a guide to teaching about the Michael Brown shooting, the Ferguson protests, and race-based social justice movements.

    From the San Francisco Examiner:

    Chalida Anusasananan, a teacher librarian at Everett Middle School who helped launch the resource guide, said both incidents and the subsequent protests have hit home with many public-school students in San Francisco, where nearly 90 percent are nonwhite.

    “We wanted to make sure that teachers had a means to teach what students were talking about with their families, or seeing on the news, or feeling every day,” Anusasananan said.

    The resources, posted to the SFUSD’s LibGuide page, includes the grand jury documents, poetry, videos and graphics, readings, and lesson plans and activities for elementary, middle and high school students.

    “What has to happen first and foremost is to create a safe space in the classroom for young people to talk about these things,” said Karen Zapata, a humanities teacher at June Jordan High School and a co-founder of the grass-roots organization Teachers 4 Social Justice. “What’s happened affects young people on an emotional level.”

    I took a look at the online curriculum provided by the five teachers, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect to see. I took some screenshots:

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    Virulent anti-black racism . Extrajudicial killings.

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    Intellectual honesty means assuming racial intolerance, then?


    Killer cops. That’s not biased at all!

    The reading list purports to include some interesting…perspectives…on race relations in America, but mostly focuses on why skin color makes us different. My personal favorite is #5:

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    Everything contained in the curriculum is hyperlinked, so you can click and read for yourself.

    As a whole, the curriculum as presented on the site is very “us vs. them,” and I suppose that how individual teachers handle the subject determines whether or not it’s portrayed that way in the classroom.

    Is it reasonable to have a resource teachers can go to if they have questions about current events? Absolutely. Is this a fair and balanced resource? Absolutely not.

    Keep an eye on your child’s schoolwork, people. This isn’t going to stay within the confines of San Francisco classrooms.

    h/t Truth Revolt


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    Anchovy | January 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    If Black lives matter so much, the Black community needs to do a reality check and evaluate what actions, beliefs and policies are jeopardizing those Black lives. Start with your Hip-Hop culture, thugism, fatherless children, attitude toward education (yes education is necessary in a technological society). They obviously believe whites hate them and will work to harm them so the logical move is to take it upon themselves to correct the things that are detrimental to black lives. Don’t expect whitey to do it for you.

    When you understand it is a far better path to success to be able to solve a differential equations than it is to sink a basket at 35 feet, you are starting to get the idea.

    xdevildog | January 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    My reading skills must need work. I would have sworn the headline said “black lives matter curriculum pooping up in the classroom”. Blasted public school education. . .

    More whites have been killed by police than blacks, but the only people on their list as “victims” are black. just shows how racist they are.
    “George Zimmerman was acquitted for his crime”
    Bad English and biased as heck. This statement makes it look as if GZ was guilty but only let off because of race and not for the fact that the evidence supported GZ.

    If they solved the problem of thug culture, then the problem of getting harassed by cops will simply evaporate. The former is the disease; the latter is only a side effect of the medicine.

    Henry Hawkins | January 5, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Liberals talk stupid shit out loud and conservatives immediately point out all the illogic and unreason – as if those mattered one iota to the libs.

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