Minnesota school principals and assistant principals are pushing a goal of “de-centering Whiteness” in education. The group equals a whopping 162 individuals who have “invoked the latte civil rights icon and former Georgia congressman John Lewis” reports Fox News.
The group, called the “Good Trouble Principals” describe themselves as “a loose collection of local principals bound together by a commitment to changing our nation’s future by engaging in better, more equitable education practices.” Except those practices are anything but “equitable.”
The group made their pledge in a signed letter laying out their good intentions by “de-centering Whiteness” and “dismantling the practices that reinforce White academic superiority.” Such practices include standardized testing which the principals consider “an Americanized version of a caste system in our schools.”
The “Good Trouble Principals” also maintain the Parent Teacher Associations and teachers unions promote White supremacy. “Traditional organized Whiteness ensures domination through forms like PTAs and Unions” the Principals’ letter reads. “We purposefully call out and lift up historically non-represented voices of color in our spaces to hold weight and power.”
Critics of standardized testing claim it offers an advantage to white, wealthy, and Asian American families. New York Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman tweeted “Standardized testing is a pillar of systemic racism.”
Standardized testing is a pillar of systemic racism.
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) March 2, 2021
Principal group member Mauri Melander Friestleben says their goals include “increasing varieties of student and school evaluations that go beyond the annual standardized testing process.” She added PTAs and Unions have played roles in attempting to preserve segregated schools and remove “contracted teachers of color without due process.”
“And though we are operating in realities where national educational leaders have never been educators and state educational leaders uphold whiteness as the standard, we also serve in a reality where some of us operate under local elected and appointed leaders that exhibit deep commitment and courage, but others of us do not,” the Principals’ letter reads. “And yet still, we have fire in our bones and conviction in our hearts to see these walls come down like 1989 Berlin.”