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Don’t Divide Us doesn’t consider Brighton and Hove City Council’s (BHCC) efforts to remove certain overt references to Critical Race Theory (CRT) from their anti-racism policy as any sort of victory.
This is merely a case of scrubbing the label off the tin while the contents remain exactly the same. The policy remains entirely informed by, and based upon, racially divisive ideas and beliefs which continue to be presented as uncontested facts.
The noble duty to inform and educate children and young people about racism is not a mandate to redefine racism in line with the partisan racially divisive theories of a specific subset of (predominantly American) ‘racial justice’ scholars.
Training teachers to use this approach in classrooms while failing to present a credible universalist, colourblind approach to anti-racism does not meet existing standards for political impartiality (Education Act 1996, S. 406 & 407)
While the DfE guidance on impartiality does appear to broaden definitions of bias beyond the strictly party-political, it remains wholly inadequate in relation to the abuse of broad mandates in relation to ‘anti-racism and tolerance’.
Universal shared positions on the importance of ‘anti-racist’ education are being used to justify and sanction the narrow activist led indoctrination of children via ‘racial literacy training’ within the education system. The very term ‘literacy’ implies this approach has the status of common sense and is therefore better or more important than other approaches. But for such a judgement to be valid, credible alternatives need to have been considered – this has not been the case.
This is backdoor indoctrination, it relates to the propagation of partisan beliefs and ideas related, but not limited to, racism, race relations, integration, history, sexuality and gender.
Don’t Divide Us will continue to assist government departments in broadening their understanding of the problem and will continue to assist parents and teachers as they strive to protect the core principles of a classically liberal education system.
Don’t Divide Us – Head of Education Strategy