Consultant hired by Loudoun County says public education shouldn’t focus on ‘learning’
The co-founding partner of the consultancy firm hired by Loudoun County Public Schools to incorporate equity and inclusion initiatives into school curricula admitted in a recent conference that he believes public education will fail. should not focus primarily on “learning”.
“I think what public education offers… because I certainly don’t think we offer learning… is relationships… Historically, high schools were used to disseminate information very quickly… In fact, the Internet is better than high school… Really, the teacher with respect to the dissemination of information is obsolete. But the teacher in the relation to the relation is the thing ”, Leader of the Collaborative Equity Jamie Almanzán noted.
. @LCPSOfficial paid @EquityCollab over $ 500,000 to train teachers to apply CRT. Here, partner @jalmanzan reveals what he thinks schools are for, and in his opinion, it’s not for learning. For this, children can simply go on the Internet. Instead, schools are for relationships. 1 / pic.twitter.com/8KLnVqc4me
– Paul Rossi (@pauldrossi) November 8, 2021
Almanzán urged teachers and administrators to “practice” their diversity trainings on adults, whose minds have hardened over time, so that they are better prepared to convert children to their cause. Children, he acknowledged, are much more impressionable because their worldviews are still developing and evolving and are therefore easier to persuade.
“Changing adults… sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it. Sometimes you say to yourself, ‘Forget it.’ They should just step aside. Children need to change faster. The adults are on the way, ”he added.
Equality of opportunity is insufficient, suggested Almanzán. Instead, public school systems must reflect and institutionalize equality of outcomes. He recommended that schools adopt a language strategy to make equity and inclusion initiatives more acceptable to voters.
“In fact, I think it’s easier to create a productive conversation about fairness when you talk about fairness rather than tackling inequality. My job, my idea, is to change our language to get to the result we want to see, and then to remedy the inequalities that prevent us from achieving that result. People are for equity, people are not for challenging inequality, ”he said.
In 2019, LCPS signed a contract with Equity Collaborative, providing more than $ 500,000 in public funds to apply CRT to the program, according to the consultants’ report card compiled by the nonprofit Parents Defending Education.
The terms of the contract included an eight-day “Systemic Equity Assessment” presented to county staff, students and community members and led by three Equity Collaborative consultants who were paid $ 5,000 per day per day. consultant.
In addition, the district donated $ 32,000 to Equity Collaborative for a “District Equity Plan” led by Graig Meyer and Jamie Almanzan. Equity Collaborative also received $ 40,000 to provide “equity-focused central office leadership” to LCPS during the five months of 2019. In November 2019, the district paid an additional $ 22,000 for a “co- fairness animation in the center, ”with Almanzan receiving $ 5,500 per day.
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