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We recently reported that the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to reject the implementation of the new Social Studies curriculum, which includes elements of Critical Race Theory.  Now the Moore County Board of Education has done likewise.  But all we hear from Beaufort County is crickets.  Likewise, the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners has been impotent on the issue.

It will take more than these boards rejecting this in their school systems.  The nine hundred pound gorilla in the room is the testing program.  If the End of Grade and End of Course tests include the new curriculum then it will be taught by teachers/principles who want their students to do well on the tests.  That must be halted also.

David Bass, writing for the Carolina has the story:

At least one local board of education has voted to delay controversial new social studies standards that emphasize race and gender in teaching U.S. history and civics.

The Moore County Board of Education voted unanimously June 14 to adopt a resolution, urging the N.C. State Board of Education or lawmakers to delay implementation of the new standards until the 2022-23 school year. If either body fails to act, the board reserved the right to delay implementation unilaterally.

The new standards are supposed to guide curriculum for the school year beginning in August, but Moore County board members say there isn’t enough time.

“The Moore County School Board wanted to send a strong message to the State School Board and the General Assembly: Last-minute delivering of unsourced and plagiarized unpacking documents that only show one side is unacceptable,” said board member David Hensley in an email to Carolina Journal.

“If the N.C. Department of Public Instruction cannot properly do their job, why are they expecting more than 100 school districts to pick up the slack from their shoddy work? They couldn’t meet their own timelines or deliver an acceptable product, but they are going to hold school districts to a standard they themselves cannot meet.”

Board member Robert Levy proposed the resolution. He called the State Board of Education “unresponsive” and “rushed” in getting the social studies standards put out.

“I know we can if under the gun, come up with something which is adequate, but we need to come up with something that is superior, that meets our high standards,” Levy said.

Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation, noted that school boards have wide latitude to making curriculum decisions and selecting instructional materials.

“School district leaders are free to adopt an existing curriculum package, develop curricula locally, or opt for combining the two,” Stoops said. “Regardless of the curriculum used, the only expectation is that it generally aligns with state standards.”

Critics have contended the new social studies standards would open the door for critical race theory instruction in public schools. Critical race theory views U.S. history and civics exclusively through the lens of race and contends all white people are inherently oppressive.

A recent analysis by the Fordham Institute ranked the social studies standards as the worst in the Southeast, assigning an “F” to the U.S. history standards and “D-minus” to civics.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote Thursday, July 8, on adopting “unpacking documents” for grades six through 12 concerning the social studies standards. The board voted in mid-June to approve the K-5 unpacking documents.

The N.C. House passed a measure — Senate Bill 654 — that would delay the adoption of the social studies standards for all school districts for one year. That bill failed in the Senate and moved to a conference committee between the two chambers to resolve differences.


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( July 7th, 2021 @ 12:40 pm )
Beaufort County needs to do BOTH what Brunswick County did in banning Critical Race Theory and what Moore County did in disapproving the Marxist new social studies curriculum. Reserving the power to not adopt it for county schools was a great shot across the bow that Beaufort County needs to adopt.
( July 7th, 2021 @ 8:30 am )
Where does the Beaufort County board of education stand on CRT in the schools?
( July 7th, 2021 @ 8:10 am )
The two school boards did separate but related things. The new social studies curriculum (which ought to be called socialist studies it is so biased) is impregnated with CRT. However the Brunswick County resolution banned CRT without specifically mentioning the social studies curriculum. In Moore County, an earlier resolution to ban CRT broadly had failed 4 to 3, and the resulting blowback from the public likely influenced this later unanimous resolution on the curriculum, which does not address the broader CRT issue. The Moore County school board has 3 staunch conservatives who beat incumbents in the last election and 4 RINOs who are up in the next election, and as is common with public schools, a very liberal superintendant.

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