Teaching Teachers DEI

The Carolina Partnership for Reform had an interesting post that reveals the curriculum UNC-Chapel Hill is using to train teachers and librarians. Here are some choice excerpts:

  • It’s never too early to begin talking about race with children in the library. . .[here is] a set of resources that can help librarians engage even their youngest users in discussions about race.”
  • While it can be difficult to talk about race and racialized incidents in conservative communities, it is precisely in these communities that these conversations need to occur…”
  • In addition to the historical use of color-blindness as a rhetorical tool to prop up white supremacist ideals, aiming for color-blindness is also problematic because it ignores both the persistent racial discrimination and inequities faced by people of color and the value of their ethnic and racial cultures and identities. . .In addition to the issues discussed above, the term ‘color-blind‘ when used to talk about race can also be considered a form of ableist language – language that devalues or is prejudiced against people with disabilities.”
  • “‘Treating everyone equally’ is often used as a justification for perpetuating these unjust systems. For example, if I were a school principal comparing job applications for an open position at my school, adopting a race-blind policy toward that process (perhaps by hiding applicants’ names during the initial application review period) would likely benefit white applicants. . .[Instead] I would consider the race of my applicants, along with other aspects, in light of what I know about systems of discrimination and oppression in the United States.”
  • The racial category white was created by white power holders to codify the superiority of white people over others.”
  • Many white people, especially those who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s at the peak of color-blindness rhetoric, were explicitly taught that color-blindness is a positive goal. However, true color-blindness is not only impossible (see Module 4 on Implicit Bias), but actively harmful toward anti-racist work.”

Update: A member of the UNC Board of Trustees predicts that action will be taken against DEI within the system later this year. We shall see.

Update #2: Legislation in the NC General Assembly also is being considered.


4 thoughts on “Teaching Teachers DEI

  1. Those are encouraging indicators. Something needs to be to that cesspool of radical socialists. They are like crabgrass .. you thought you killed it but it still comes back.

  2. I propose that every publicly funded institution of higher learning be required by law to hire faculty based on diversity, equality, and inclusivity—50% liberal and 50% conservative to match the political makeup of the citizenry.
    It’s only fair.

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