The Biden administration’s guidelines for schools re-opening this fall is backing a radical group’s literature that promotes anti-racism training in public classrooms across the country.
“The Department of Education linked to the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s ‘Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning’ in its handbook intended to help schools reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic and recommend how they should spend billions of dollars they collectively received through the American Rescue Plan,” reports Fox News.
“While providing intentional opportunities to develop student social and emotional skills, covered in more detail in the previous section, is critically important to the work ahead, educators and staff will also need tools to understand and effectively respond to student trauma. Adopting a schoolwide trauma-informed approach can help to meet students where they are, particularly for those coming from families experiencing unemployment, loss of family and friends, and the collective grief and burden of systemic racism, including the upheavals of the past year. This work begins with providing high-quality professional development for all educators and staff on trauma-informed care and teaching practices. Resources on trauma-informed practices and other approaches to ensuring safe and inclusive learning environments can be found at the Department’s Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse,” states the guidelines on the official government site.
“Abolitionist Teachers” should “[b]uild a school culture that engages in healing and advocacy. This requires a commitment to learning from students, families, and educators who disrupt Whiteness and other forms of oppression,” the group states in its guide.
Read the full document here.