A high school English teacher recently tendered her resignation on Tuesday in protest of the school’s use of critical race theory to indoctrinate its students. She contended that the curriculum and work environment created by the leadership’s fixation on race have been abysmal, and now she is speaking out.
Dana Stangel-Plowe submitted her resignation letter to the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), an organization “dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity,” according to its website. She criticized the Dwight-Englewood School for segregating light-skinned teachers and threatening to fire and replace them with minority staff members.
“I believe that D-E is failing our students. Over the past few years, the school has embraced an ideology that is damaging to our students’ intellectual and emotional growth and destroying any chance at creating a true community among our diverse population,” Plowe wrote.
The former educator described how students are conditioned to view each lesson or topic through the critical race theory lens of oppressor and oppressed, even when those factors are not relevant to the topic at hand. She wrote:
“I teach students who approach texts in search of the oppressor. I teach students who see inequities in texts that have nothing to do with power. Students have internalized the message that this is the way we read and think about the world, and as a result, they fixate on power and group identity. This fixation has stunted their ability to observe and engage with the full fabric of human experience in our literature.”
The former teacher also filmed a video in which she reciting the full content of the letter.
In the letter, she argued that “this theory of power hierarchies is only one way of seeing the world, and yet it pervades D-E as the singular way of seeing the world.”
As a result, students arrive in my classroom accepting this theory as fact: People born with less melanin in their skin are oppressors, and people born with more melanin in
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