‘Cultural Proficiency Is Not Critical Race Theory’: California School District Advances Controversial Curriculum

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.—The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees held its 2nd quarterly study Nov. 3 for its Cultural Proficiency Plan, a program approved past December amid controversy.

Parents of the district’s students attended the gathering to explicit their enactment oregon concerns for the curriculum’s implementation aft the taxable drew parents’ interest of its linkage to critical contention theory (CRT).

CRT is an ideology that divides nine into oppressors and the oppressed based connected characteristics specified arsenic race, sex, class, oregon intersexual proclivities.

“I’ve been asked galore times if we thatch captious contention mentation present astatine Capistrano Unified,” said Kristen M. Vital Brulte, superintendent of CUSD, during the Nov. 3 meeting. “The reply is no.”

Epoch Times Photo The Capistrano Unified School District successful San Juan Capistrano, Calif., connected Nov. 3, 2021. (Brandon Drey/The Epoch Times)

Brulte said the territory does not weave CRT utilizing words similar “equity, taste proficiency, oregon racism” successful its societal oregon affectional work. Instead, it promotes inclusion, safety, and acceptance for all, and students volition cognize however to enactment with, collaborate, and recognize radical successful a divers world.

“You guys already said it’s not CRT, but … it’s a slippery slope, and it mightiness conscionable spell into it,” said a talker during the meeting.

The ngo of the program is to facilitate measurable systemic alteration that increases learning outcomes for each students by engaging successful ongoing reflection to guarantee an inclusive situation wherever students, staff, and the assemblage worth diversity, according to the plan.

“While immoderate whitethorn reason that specified acquisition should hap successful the location and extracurricular of school, and I don’t needfully disagree, the world is that unfortunately, that does not ever occur,” a San Clemente High School teacher said during the meeting.

Epoch Times Photo The Capistrano Unified School District successful San Juan Capistrano, Calif., connected Nov. 3, 2021. (Brandon Drey/The Epoch Times)

He said alternatively than ignoring oregon denying pupil testimonies who look discrimination, educating each the students with Cultural Proficiency could forestall further favoritism successful the future.

Students enrolled successful a CUSD schoolhouse volition person 1 acquisition for 1 hr per twelvemonth to “prepare students to conscionable the challenges of a rapidly changing satellite that is progressively planetary and diverse.”

“As we inactive spot actions of hatred connected our campuses, which we are resolving overmuch quicker successful a supportive and inclusive manner,” said a San Clemente High School student. “I privation to observe our efforts and accent this program is truthful important. As a community, we are not predominately white, and our students of colour merit this enactment and attraction successful an intersectional way.”

Gregory Merwin, the district’s main world officer, shared the plan’s caller developments, specifically the online household assets center, including entree to the taste proficiency lessons and the California School Board Association’s CRT often asked questions document.

“The lessons enactment this enactment done promoting equity, appreciating differences, addressing bullying, and resolving conflict,” said Merwin during the meeting. “So clearly, taste proficiency is not captious contention theory, and we promote the nationalist to work themselves successful the household assets center.”

The taste proficiency program aims to trim suspensions for specifically identified groups by 25 percent. The groups included are foster youth, students with disabilities, homeless, black, Hispanic, oregon socioeconomically disadvantaged.

One nationalist commenter astatine the gathering addressed the ineligible interest of the goal. She cited the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits favoritism based connected race, color, oregon nationalist origin, adding California’s 14th Amendment that states a idiosyncratic whitethorn not beryllium denied adjacent extortion of the laws.

“If they autumn wrong a definite people oregon class account, you don’t request to beryllium an lawyer to cognize that you guys are discriminating based connected the people that radical have, which is illegal,” said McCloskey. “If a pupil commits an act, which is wrong, their punishment should beryllium colorblind, not based connected the aforesaid class of wherever they fall.”

Merwin responded to the ineligible interest by clarifying the punishment is not abstracted for the antithetic subgroups.

“What we’re doing is we are monitoring the suspension rates of these subgroups; we are not treating them differently,” helium said. “The strategies and the enactment steps are for each students to enactment each students with behavior.”

The adjacent quarterly study from CUSD discussing the Cultural Proficiency Plan is scheduled for Feb. 16, including pupil data, world goals, and outcomes.

Brandon Drey


Brandon Drey is simply a California-based newsman for The Epoch Times.

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