I was extremely disappointed tonight to not only hear that this highly controversial and opinion based book is the book that will will be taught for an entire unit and it doesn’t matter what parents have to say cause its been board approved. No discussion! We get to indoctrinate your child to believe in White privilege and Systematic racism whether you agree or not, and yes, they must comply or get a zero! To hear that the District policy is being addressed because even history textbooks are opinion is just garbage. No other texts are being presented, it is all one sided just like the panel tonight. Terrible teaching and zero critical thinking when only one view is presented and no other perspectives. These ideals are very liberal and controversial. In the very least, what is needed is to show opinions of those that do not agree with this narrative and then let the students decide. That’s called critical thinking!
As you stated to offer materials with opposing views; I selected a few. I truly hope you try harder to find opposing views to the narrative then what was told tonight that there would be none. It was truly pathetic to hear it and as a parent I feel sorry that my son has no choice but to hear this view and no other. I hope if nothing else, you peruse these articles and videos and realize that there are other opinions and beliefs that are not your own or the authors of the book and present this also to the students. That is truly how you teach children to become free thinkers!
Patricia R. Ferri