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I still cannot get over the irony of a school district that is being investigated for racist practices trying to lecture teachers on how to teach race and social justice issues.
There are those of use who are working on finding out what the real issue was. Students in the class have been asked - by journalists, not the district - what they saw or heard. They have no idea.
This review of the course was not done in accordance with District policy and procedure. There is, in fact, no written procedure for such a review. The district created a committee to review the course but did not follow the procedure for creating a committee.
The District did not follow the procedure for investigating the student's complaint. The complaint was not about the course or the content but about Mr. Greenberg's conduct. The complaint was made under policies 3207 (intimidation) and 3210 (discrimination). Both policy 3207 and 3210 have clear procedures for handling complaints but neither of those procedures was followed.
The superintendent is supposed to follow policy and procedure and the Board is supposed to make sure he does. The Board failed in their duty and failed spectacularly.
The course does not have to meet the AP requirements because it is not an AP course. The school believes that the course provides the necessary rigor and depth to prepare a student to take the AP test, and they invite students who take the course to take the test, but it is not an AP class. Nathan Hale High School offers classes on a similar basis.
There is lots of reason to believe the Courageous Conversations are age-appropriate for high school seniors. You should see what is on the district approved reading list for them:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez, Black Boy by Richard Wright, Night by Elie Wiesel, The Odyssey, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.
But they are too immature to discuss their own experiences or hear about their classmates experiences? Really?
Every part of this thing stinks.