CASD School Board Meets Tuesday

Critical Race Theory is not a class – it’s the nuances that make the concept worrisome

CHAMBERSBURG – The Chambersburg Area School District made sure to let News Talk 103.7FM know that Critical Race Theory is not being taught in the schools in Chambersburg.

But the question still remains, if that’s the case, why is the school board considering diversity, equity and inclusion training for the teachers? Three concepts at the heart of Critical Race Theory.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll, Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen discussed the issue Friday on the local-live morning information radio show, First News (6am-9am weekday mornings on 103.7FM).

“(The administration is) upset that we said that Critical Race Theory is being taught,” Jansen said. “I don’t think people understand the definition of Critical Race Theory. When you hear the word equity, which is not equality – that comes from Critical Race Theory. The fact that we have a diversity, equity and inclusion work group at Chambersburg Area School District means I don’t think there’s a lot of understanding of where that term comes from.”

Words like intersectionality and looking at your identity were both on the agenda for the school board committee group discussion this week.

“That needs to be clarified before they vote $30,000 to adopt a two-year contract for this training, we need to clarify what’s in that training,” Jansen said.

Barkdoll added, “Listeners need to know Critical Race Theory is not like a standalone class. There’s not a class on Critical Race Theory. It’s more of an idea that gets incorporated or woven in to the curriculum of various subjects whether it’s history, we’re seeing it even done in math. You’re seeing it incorporated in English classes. It’s the way things are incorporated into existing curriculum and that is what makes it difficult to pin down in some instances.”

It came out a few months ago in the Waynesboro Area School District that teachers are bringing in books that are outside of the curriculum to read to the kids. Books like “I Love My Purse,” where a young boy carries a purse to school.

Jansen pointed out, “When it comes to these issues, you have to be transparent. You can’t just introduce stuff and put it on kids and have the community or the parents not understand what’s going on.”

Ryan agreed, “Be transparent to the parent. I think anybody would want to know what are you up to and why? (The Chambersburg Area) School Board needs a reality check. We already know there’s a teacher that teaches in another state that’s on the school board and his wife is a teacher as well. Do you think they’re fighting for you? Do you think they’re buying into the nonsense coming from their unions? Probably. You’ve got a whole bunch of retirees that are so disconnected from reality of the money they put on your backs that 3.4 mills. Don’t forget that. Your school board is hardly working for you.”

Jansen added, “A lot of people in the teaching profession have been sort of indoctrinated into this. To them it’s normal.”

A Long Talk 2020 is also an added feature to this. That is an organization that provides an anti-racism activation experience. They tout Chambersburg Area School District as being the first district in the country to participate in the program.

“I’m going to take it so I can report what it is,” Jansen said. “If you’re talking about systemic racism, if you’re talking about white supremacy, which I see those terms in Long Talk 2020, that is Critical Race Theory. So some of our teachers at least in the Chambersburg Area School District are being trained up in that.”

Ryan added, “If you want to teach this crap, then you give me back school choice. Have the courage to compete with the likes of a Cumberland Valley Christian School or Shalom Academy or Broadfording. Why don’t you have the guts to compete on the same platform? It’s one third the cost that it costs for you guys to shove these kids through critical race theory.”

“Educate yourself what all this stuff is,” Jansen suggested. “I think sometimes they only get one side of this and they’re not looking at the very reasonable and realistic critiques of this to see why this might be dangerous.”