Call her the “love doctor.” Her name is Bettina Love, and she is a co-founder of something called the Abolitionist Teaching Network. She and her group are committed to the view that “our schools and our teaching practices do not need to be reimagined; they need to be torn down and replaced with our freedom dreams rooted in participatory democracy and intersectional justice.” Schools, in Love’s world, are guilty of the crime of “spirit murdering” black and brown students, making one of the chief roles of educators “disrupting Whiteness and other forms of oppression.”
If this is not the sort of educational setting you envision sending your children in to, you may be a little too late to stop it. In a handbook intended to help schools reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox News reports, the Biden Department of Education linked to the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning.”
On Tuesday, the administration announced that its inclusion and promotion of the Abolitionist Teaching Network guide in its handbook was an “error,” telling the Daily Caller:
The Department does not endorse the recommendations of this group, nor do they reflect our policy positions. It was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation.
But the dye is already cast. The handbook was published three months ago and has already been disseminated to classrooms in more than 13,000 school districts.
According to WCSI Radio, the “Department of Education did not immediately … explain how the ‘error’ occurred or if anyone was disciplined”:
It’s also unclear why the link was first included in the Department of Education’s guidance, but Deputy Education Secretary Cindy Marten, while serving as the superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, hosted one of the [Abolitionist Teaching] network’s co-founders. …
Yes, indeed, Biden’s plan to ensure having the most diverse cabinet in history sure is paying big dividends.