By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
Oregon’s Department of Education is spending $2 million to train K-12 teachers from diverse backgrounds to reject the “eurocentric worldview” of “individualism,” Fox News reported.
The funds will pay for a 23-month fellowship for 600 educators to learn how to create “racially affirming environments” in their classrooms so that the teachers’ identities are “seen” and “honored” in classrooms, Oregon’s Department of Education told Fox News Digital.
The goal is to “decenter,” including pushing back against the “euro-centric worldview” on “individualism.”
“We are more than our titles and more than the roles we’ve been assigned; this arc will create space for each fellow to identify and unpack their multiple identities of self,” the funding summary stated.
Another focus will be on “unlearning” where fellows will learn to “practice understanding themselves as a grounded bridge between curriculum and their students.”
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The fellowship will “deepen educators’ understanding… of the individual, the institutional and the systemic impacts of racism on schools and communities,” the summary states. Fellows will create their own project “that disrupts a racist pattern/practice/policy, or works towards liberation/equity/decolonization.”
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This is as Oregon schools are facing a “historic staffing crisis,” according to a report put out by Oregon Education Association, the union that represents about 41,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges.
Schools throughout the state lack adequate staffing, forcing existing staff to function “through long working hours and sheer will … to stay open at all costs,” something that “is not sustainable” the report stated.
Based on teacher surveys, “Most educators say it is impossible to get their work done…
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