No context/No balance/No objectivity
New York City Department Of Education, New York
The following refer to experiences at Bronx Public School 175:
1. My 6-year-old was told that if a police officer knocks on your door - you ask them "where's your warrant?" This was followed by "if they come into your home without a warrant you get an attorney." Both were stated without substance or a lesson plan.
2. They read a children's book by Serena Williams (tennis player). The portion of the book that states "WHITE faces were staring at me as I walked into the arena" was highlighted. (I don't remember the exact quote but it was similar to this.)
3. They do not include the standard family dynamic in class discussions, but instead use resources and books with the “dad/dad” and “mom/mom” combination.
4. There is an uptick and extreme focus in promoting black “leaders.” While there’s nothing wrong with this, a balance is needed. It’s exhausting to talk about one race for months at a time.
5. We also noticed that my daughter's teacher continued to push for them to become activists and listen to their local political leaders.
6. There were no trips or new programs for this entire year, yet they allowed a Juneteenth event this week with an outside organization doing a performance.
7. Teachers showed sympathy for the rioters. “I know you guys are seeing all the stuff on the news... just know they are fighting for what they believe in."
The list goes on and on.