ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30TH, TWO OF MY EDUCATION BILLS WILL BE HEARD IN THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE at 3:00PM. IT IS NO MISTAKE THAT THEY CHOSE A TIME AND DAY WHEN FEW PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND! LET’S THWART THEM. PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL WITH WRITTEN TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILLS TO:
It can be as simple as writing “I support H-7335 and H 7435” in the subject line. And you can send the email in the days after the hearing on Wednesday. They still count!
The first bill is H-7335: THE 2022 TRANSPARENCY IN EDUCATION CURRICULUM MATERIALS ACT. This bill if passed would mandate that schools post all classroom materials on their website or make them available to parents and the public in the school library. ‘All materials’ means ‘all materials’ that are used with students/teachers.
Just posting a curriculum that lists topics is not enough. It is vital to parents and concerned members of the public to know how the topics are taught!
The public must be provided not only with the curriculum, but also with a list of the books and all reading materials (plus hard copies for them to read themselves), videos, activities and worksheets, digital materials, websites, posters, bulletin board materials and other online applications.
We also need the teacher’s manuals. The teachers’ manuals detail how they must present the material. The common core standards have removed discretion and ingenuity from teachers. The performance of our students and schools is judged by how well children score on pre-constructed tests. There is only one “right” answer. If the teacher goes off script and encourages critical thinking by introducing competing ideas, the student fails and so does the school. It’s eye-opening to understand where our current racially-centered curriculum is leading our children.
The public must be given access to all instructional and training materials or activities used for staff and faculty training, as well. This is a window into the school climate and the instructional direction that principals and administrators are requiring to be implemented. Once again, there is a substantial effort to force teachers into acceptance and promulgation of a ‘woke-agenda’.
Personally, I feel that teachers should be focused on academic excellence- on preparing each child for adult life. Unfortunately, professional development, instead of helping teachers maximize their students’ achievement has recently been pursuing social and racial equity training. Parents must be given the ability to see and understand what is being pushed into our children’s education.
The bill outlines a process for compliance that allows the Attorney General, the education commissioner or a member of the school district to sue the school district for non-compliance. If they prevail, complainants will receive reasonable court costs. A fine of $500 per instance is specified, as well.
THE SECOND BILL IS ONE I HAVE DISCUSSED WITH YOU BEFORE: H-7435. I’LL CALL IT ‘THE ALL HERITAGES ACT’. IT MANDATES THAT THE HERITAGE AND HISTORY OF EVERY NATIONALITY THAT HAS COME TO RHODE ISLAND BE TAUGHT IN OUR SCHOOLS BECAUSE EACH AND EVERY NATIONALITY IS PART OF OUR HISTORY AND HAS SOMETHING VALUABLE TO SHARE.
Last year Representative Williams was successful in having a bill that mandated only the history of African Americans to be passed. This year, Representative Fenton-Fung is seeking to add only Asian -American history. To me this is the wrong-headed and divisive.
Our children should learn about the reasons every nationality came to America and about what they found here.
This bill when passed will mandate the teaching of the histories and heritage of all nationalities that have made a home in Rhode Island. In this time of divisiveness in our country, understanding the culture and heritage of all the people who make up this great melting pot called America is critically important.
Focusing on only one or two ethnicities pulls us apart; it seeks to say some histories are more worthy than others, it seeks to divide us along racial and ethnic lines. A comprehensive education, learning about all nationalities, should give us a deeper appreciation of the qualities that bind us together.