WILMINGTON, MA — The national conversation surrounding Critical Race Theory has come to Wilmington.
On June 28, 2021, the Wilmington Republican Town Committee unanimously adopted a resolution in opposition to the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the Wilmington Public Schools, including concepts that one race is inherently superior or inferior to another. Read the complete resolution below.
Wilmington Republican Town Committee’s Resolution On Critical Race Theory In Public Education
Be it resolved by the Wilmington Republican Town Committee within the Commonwealth of MA:
WHEREAS, educating students in Wilmington’s public education system on history, civil
rights, racism, and the negative impacts racism has had throughout history is necessary and
should be done in a thoughtful, historically accurate, and appropriate manner;
WHEREAS, some concepts contained in critical race theory, anti-racism, and other synonyms to describe similar schools of thought, degrade important societal values and, when introduced in classrooms, causes harm to students’ learning in the public education system;
WHEREAS, the Wilmington School Department has the statutory responsibility to
establish rules and minimum standards for the public schools, including curriculum and instruction
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Wilmington Republican Town Committee strongly
recommends that the Wilmington School Department review standards for curriculum and
ensure that the following concepts are included in the curriculum standards:
- that racism is not a normal feature of society and is not embedded within American systems and institutions, such as the legal system, law enforcement, the healthcare system and the educational system, and said American systems and institutions do not replicate racial inequality.
- that racist incidents, which should be condemned by society, are the result of individual behaviors and thought rather than manifestations of structural and systemic racism.
- that racism is not codified in law, embedded in structures, and woven into public policy.
- that, while critical to embrace the lived experiences of people of color, to not do so in a manner that disparages one race over another.
- that, while critical for a child’s education to embed diversity, inclusion, and equality, to not espouse that any system that ends with different outcomes must be racist.
- that human relations are not based on skin color, which in it of itself may be considered a racist school of thought.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Wilmington Republican Town Committee strongly recommends that no training or training material that the Wilmington Public School’s or a local education agency provides include the concepts described in the preceding paragraph.
After being asked for comment on the resolution by the Wilmington Apple, Wilmington Public Schools issued a statement stressing that Critical Race Theory is not being taught in Wilmington Public Schools. Read the statement below.
Statement From Wilmington Public Schools Regarding Critical Race Theory
It has become clear that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is becoming a topic of both attention and controversy throughout the country. At the heart of this controversy is growing confusion by some who suggest that the pursuit of educational equity, diversity, and inclusion is in fact a means to promulgate CRT. With the recognition that this confusion and controversy is growing, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) recently released a document designed to better illustrate the differences between CRT and educational equity. This document can be found embedded here, Understanding the Difference Between Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Educational Equity.
It is important to point out that CRT is not being taught in the Wilmington Public Schools (WPS). In fact, as MASC states “Critical race theory (CRT) is not part of social studies curriculum and has never been part of social studies curriculum frameworks in Massachusetts.”
In WPS, our curricular decisions are guided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), based on research, and driven by data. Materials are designed to develop students’ critical consciousness, linked to civic dispositions, by examining issues of power, equity, and justice in the past and present, allowing them to make evidence based arguments regarding important historical and current events. Furthermore, our District’s policies are very clear in supporting the mutual role that our professional staff plays in designing our instructional program in collaboration with our School Committee. This has always been the case in Wilmington and there are no plans now, or in the immediate future, to alter this important working relationship.
We believe that education must be relevant, current, and meaningful for all children we serve. Our strategic plan includes a focus on a culture of inclusion. We strive to foster an inclusive learning environment and culture of respect in all classrooms, cultivating respect for diverse ideas and viewpoints.
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