Two people speaking during public comment revealed brewing tensions around critical race theory and sexuality education in the Asheville City Schools district.
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“We also have to role model acceptance of people different from ourselves. Florida’s bill is not a ‘gag order,’ as the author presents.”
“Kids’ hearts and minds are at stake, and it is not just the gay and brown ones; the richness of truth, the beauty of a diverse world is denied to every single child when gag orders are placed on shared histories and ways of being.”
“If critical race theory cannot be allowed a place in our educational system, locally and elsewhere, I despair for our country.”
“Educators have a duty to educate and guide students. It’s no easy task and deserves public support.”
“Knowledge of this naiveté and how it shapes our actions is at the center of critical race theory. And who to better teach than the officers who, upon responding with wisdom and understanding, could improve community safety and still ‘go home to their own families, too.'”
“Kids need to learn that the police are not their enemy unless they are doing something illegal.”
Critical race theory, a set of ideas about the ways race influences society, drew 13 commenters at a June 3 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Education. Officials at both the county and Asheville city school systems say they do not explicitly teach CRT and encourage students to develop their own judgments.