A Nevada advocacy group is urging teachers to wear body cameras in class to ensure they don’t teach critical race theory in schools and indoctrinate students.
The proposal was put forward this week by the Nevada Family Alliance — a group that describes itself as a “watchdog organization” — at a school board meeting in Washoe County.
It’s in response to a plan by the school district, which includes the cities of Reno and Sparks, to expand K-5’s curriculum to include more education about equality, diversity and racism.
The Nevada Family Alliance proposed that teachers wear body cameras after parents’ frustration at the “lack of transparency by teachers promoting a social justice narrative.”
The Nevada Family Alliance — a group that describes itself as a “watchdog organization” — suggested at a board meeting this week that teachers in Washoe County wear body cameras to make sure they don’t teach critical race theory in schools. A man imagines protesting against CRT outside the board meeting
“Every day we hear of a different incident where a teacher violates a student’s privacy or contradicts the lessons of the parents at home,” said Karen England, founder of the group.
‘Making a record that can be viewed by the right parties if necessary is perhaps the best way to encourage teachers to stick to traditional teaching.’
The group considers the bodycams a ‘necessity’.
‘We expect that the teachers’ unions will immediately reject this proposal. But we have to ask what they have to hide?’ said England.
“If the police deal better with the public when they wear body cameras, how much more important is it that teachers do the same?”
The district has not yet responded to the proposal for a body camera.
The curriculum has been the subject of fierce debate, leading to large crowds flocking to local school board meetings. The neighborhood is forced to set up landing areas and outdoor loudspeakers to accommodate the number of attendees.
It came as opponents of the curriculum proposal camped on Tuesday at the east end of the entrance to a crowded local school board meeting.
They wore MAGA hats and carried placards that read ‘No CRT’, ‘CRT teaches racism’ and ‘The school board works for the people!’
On the other side of the entrance, students, parents and teachers wore green T-shirts and carried placards with slogans, including “Amplify Student Voices” to show support for “Washoe County School District Students for Change,” a group that has pushed for curriculum additions.
The school district maintains that critical race theory is not part of curricula or plans, but a nationwide discussion of it has locally angered and frightened those who question administrators’ statements.
Opponents say the districts’ plans incorporate principles of critical race theory, which draws a line from slavery and segregation to contemporary inequality and maintains that racism remains embedded in laws and institutions.
The proposal was submitted by the Nevada Family Alliance – a group that describes itself as a “watchdog organization.” They released this guide to fighting critical race theory
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: THE CONTROVERSILE RACING IDEOLOGY LEARNED IN SCHOOLS
The battle over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the past year.
The theory has sparked fierce national debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests across the country over the past year and the introduction of the 1619 project.
Published in 2019 by the New York Times to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, the 1619 Project reframes American history through “the impact of slavery and the contributions of black Americans to the center of the US. story’.
The debate surrounding the critical race theory concerns concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Opponents of the critical race theory have argued that it reduces people to categories of “privileged” or “oppressed” based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism as it examines the ways in which race affects American politics, culture and the law.
“You’re saying there’s no CRT in this curriculum,” Sparks resident Bruce Parks said during Tuesday’s board meeting in Reno.
“It is now taught in our schools. If you use words and language like ‘white male privilege’, ‘systemic racism’, it comes straight out of CRT.”
Chief Inspector Kristen McNeill eventually recommended that the district form a task force to revise the curriculum rather than carry out the plan.
The council approved the task force on Wednesday.
It’s because some lawmakers across the country have passed measures banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools, claiming the lesson plans constitute indoctrination and teach students to hate the United States.
Nevada has bucked that trend with lawmakers last month passing a proposal to add multicultural education to social studies curriculum standards and educate students about the historical contributions of members of other racial and ethnic groups.
Nevada Department of Education’s deputy superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Moore, said the laws clarify the “substantive themes” of social studies, which already include concepts such as social justice and diversity.
The standards do not contain a critical racial theory.
He warned against confusing the drive for equality with “the idea that students are being indoctrinated with this highly philosophical principle about race and how it has affected society” and said curriculum debates were nothing new, referring to parallel disputes over the teaching of climate change and evolution.
“People often forget how political those norms can be when you talk about what students should know and be able to do,” he says.
Clashes are also raging in other Nevada school districts over how students should teach racism and its role in American history.
In Carson City, a proposal to include concepts such as equality in the strategic plan raised concerns among parents about how schools tackle the topic of race.
At a Carson City School Board meeting on Tuesday, Jason Tingle said he was concerned when he heard talk of critical race theory in schools, but he had reviewed district materials and concluded the fears were unfounded.
“I haven’t seen anything in the curriculum that shows that we’re really taking a hard line on critical race theory,” said Tingle, who has enrolled four kids in district schools.
“Until our kids come home and show us something else or tell us something else, we need to keep our faith in the school district and let them do what they were sent here for.”
Meanwhile, the black mother of a Clark County mixed-race student is suing a Las Vegas charter school over a “Sociology of Change” course that addresses the concept of privilege when it comes to race, gender, and sexual orientation.