Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are raaaacists!

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Schools beat the drum for equity

Portland Tribune: Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.

Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year. “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood.

“Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.

Guitierrez, along with all of Portland Public Schools’ principals, will start the new school year off this week by drilling in on the language of “Courageous Conversations,” the district-wide equity training being implemented in every building in phases during the past few years.

Not a fan of “white privilege” / Jonathon House: Tribune Photo

Through intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives, the premise is that if educators can understand their own “white privilege,” then they can change their teaching practices to boost minority students’ performance.

Last Wednesday, the first day of the school year for staff, for example, the first item of business for teachers at Scott School was to have a Courageous Conversation — to examine a news article and discuss the “white privilege” it conveys.

Most of the staff are on board, but there is some opposition to a drum class being offered to middle school boys of color at Scott School. Fifty percent of the students at Scott are Hispanic; another 15 percent are black and 9 percent are Asian. Eighty-five percent are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Chuck Barber, who also offers boys’ drum corps at Vernon and Faubion schools in Northeast Portland, approached Gutierrez last year to start up a lunch-time drum class for black and Latino boys once a week. This year, it’ll expand to two classes a week, to accommodate new boys as well as those with experience.

At least one parent has a problem with the class, saying it amounts to “blatant discrimination and equity of women, Asians, whites and Native Americans. This ‘club’ was approved by the administration, and any girls who complained were brushed off and it was not addressed,” the parent wrote anonymously.

Gutierrez denies that any students were turned away from the drum corps, and vehemently rejects any suggestion that it is discrimination to offer a club catering to minority boys.

“When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem?” says Gutierrez, 40, an El Paso, Texas, native whose parents were Mexican immigrants. “Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.

Like many if not all of PPS’ leaders, Gutierrez has gone through California-based consultant Glenn Singleton’s “Coaching for Educational Equity,” a weeklong seminar on race and how it affects life; she’s also become an “affiliate,” certified to teach the equity curriculum; and she serves on the district’s administrative committee to address systematic racism, a group that meets every other week.“Our focus school and our Superintendent’s mandate that we improve education for students of color, particularly Black and Brown boys, will provide us with many opportunities to use the protocols of Courageous Conversations in data teams, team meetings, staff meetings, and conversations amongst one another,” Guitierrez’ letter to staff reads.

Equity training aside, Scott School must teach the same number of students with fewer teachers and resources. Down five full-time positions this year, including two reading specialists, Gutierrez is trying desperately do more with less.“My first year as principal, I looked at the data and found that the eighth-graders that year, a third of them were going to Madison (High School) at about a third-grade level,” she told the Tribune. “I said, ‘This is completely unacceptable.’ “That led to her adopting what she calls the school’s “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”: that every student will make two years’ growth in one year’s time in reading, writing and math. Last year, teachers set out to tackle that goal, meeting in teams to look at data and coming up with creative ways to target their instruction.“We want to teach them to be critical thinkers,” Gutierrez says.The results, by the end of the year, were promising, she says. The biggest achievement was among the kindergarteners: All but three of the 63 students met their benchmarks at the end of the year.

Among the other grades, there was “tremendous growth in pockets,” she says. “Now we need to make it happen school wide.”Despite that year of work, Oregon’s Department of Education just last month identified Scott as a “focus school,” one that performs among the state’s lowest 15 percent.

Harvey Scott’s website says, “Focus is placed on achievement in reading, writing, science and mathematics for all children”.  Better add “critical race theory” to that list.

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0 responses to “Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are raaaacists!

  1. Whites do not start clubs for whites only. Startign clubs in the name of minorities IS RACIST. It’s an insult and slap in the face of all children This is an attempt to create animosity and resentment among students of various races. This IS NOT HEALTHY and crazies like Guttierez must BE STOPPED I think this guy and those who go along with this horrible stuff need psychiatric help.

     
  2. Wow, so Oregon is trying to out crazy California?? “White privilege”? Why yes it is an honor to work everyday so you dont have to! And then you can discriminate against me freely as well? These nutjobs spreading their nuttiness on the taxpayer dime needs to end NOW!!

     
  3. white privilege yes lets see i was priviliged to work 2 jobs while in high school so i could go to college. my grandgathers and uncles and father where priviliged to fight in world war 1, 11 korea and vietnam the insanity of this privilege bullshit must end affirmative action is racism political correctness is racist insanity….

     
  4. Me too! And sometimes I stick some tater chips in there too…mmm!! I don’t have an EBT card, so no steak or lobster for me…

     
  5. What they seem to call racism appears to be self loathing and it is spreading throughout the country. Self loathing because they have allowed themselves to be held back – Not by others but by their own undoing and they do not like what they feel and need to lash out at someone. They need to stop looking at others and crying racism and stop teaching this stuff in the schools. These are the UNITED States of America, not the divided States. We all have equal chances to success, you just need to be willing to do the work to get there. I will not have anyone make me feel badly because of what I eat and say I am a racist because of it…. How people of different cultures eat is just that…different. Nothing racist about it. To assume anything from that is just wrong. Sorry for the rant.

     
  6. Political correctness is a mental disorder.

    This mentally-ill woman should be fired and kept away from children.

    Well away.

    -Dave

     
  7. La Raza (the RACE), BCC (Congressional Black Caucus), NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) andMANY similar are PERFECTLY OK! But if it has ANY connection to people NOT of “color” it is EVIL? BULLHOCKEY!

     
  8. As one who taught in public schools for twelve years, I can tell you that most public education should be phased out and converted over to private education. Our public schools are breeding grounds for every lunatic idea you can possibly imagine, and for every lunatic idea you CANNOT imagine! Monty Python could not dream this stuff up.

     
  9. THESE PEOPLE ARE NUTS AND SICK IN THE HEAD AND NEED TO GO TO AN INSANE ASYLUM. AMERICAN ADULTS AND CHILDREN HAVE BEEN EATING PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES FOR 200 YEARS NOW AND I AM NOT GOING TO LET SOME SCUM BAG TRY TO TELL YOU DIFFERENT WITHOUT ME SPEAKING UP AND HOPE ALL WHO READS THIS DOES THE SAME THING. THESE COMMUNISTS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE TEARING DOWN YOUR CHILDS EDUCATIONS AND INDOCTRINATING THEM WITH ALL COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA. DONT PARENTS READ AND LOOK AT WHAT THEIR KIDS ARE DOING IN SCHOOL? THAT IS WHO I BLAME WHEN THEY GROW UP THEY WILL BE ALL PREPARED TO TEACH A NEW GENERATION OF COMMUNISUM.

     
  10. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been an American staple for decades. I don’t eat them due to my “racial privilege”, but because they’re easy to prepare and they taste good. Hispanic children love things made with homemade tortillas for the same reasons. Asian children eat rice-based dishes for the same reasons. It’s whatever we’re raised with. The public schools of today (and I’m a former teacher of 40 years’ endurance, so I know whereof I speak) are not educating children. They’re programming these Snowflakes and Mellinials to become “victims” who see themselves as entitled to be taken care of by the state. We have to turn this around, or the country will have no leaders at all when these idiots reach the age (but not the mind) of maturity.

     

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