“Less than half of high school students in St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) are proficient in math or reading but” soon all of them “will be required to take a Critical Ethnic Studies (CES) course before they can graduate,” reports the Center of the American Experiment:
The graduation requirement will first apply to the class of 2025, who will take the one semester class as 10th graders in the 2022-2023 school year, according to school communication.
Course concepts will include: identity, intersectionality, race, dominant/counter narratives, racism, white supremacy, racial equity, oppression, systemic oppression, resistance and resilience, social/youth-led movements, civic engagement, hope and healing, and transformation and change.
Less than 17% of 8th graders performing at grade level in math
According to 2021 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test results, 16.6 percent of 8th graders in the district are proficient in math. Less than 32 percent are reading at grade level.
This class of students will be the first required to take CES in order to graduate.
Critical Ethnic Studies framework pulls from Critical Race Theory
The Critical Ethnic Studies course concepts listed above represent the application of Critical Race Theory (CRT), despite CRT not being specifically named.
Additionally, the district’s CES framework document contains CRT buzzwords — “oppression,” “transformative resistance,” “anti-racism.” All of which can also be found in California’s divisive Critical Ethnic Studies curriculum, which a bipartisan and broad-based coalition of civil rights leaders, academics, community activists and citizens firmly oppose.
The St. Paul district’s CES course incorporates resources from the Anti-Racism Project to guide its curriculum and pedagogy, including Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility and Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped From the Beginning and How to be an Antiracist. Both DiAngelo and Kendi’s writings support CRT’s key concepts, including race essentialism, systemic racism, active racial discrimination and anti-capitalism.
The district also links to Courageous Conversation as part of the course’s pedagogy. Courageous Conversation is part of Glenn Singleton’s Pacific Educational Group (PEG), a California-based “diversity” consulting group under which Singleton has “turned the idea that blacks cannot succeed into a multimillion-dollar empire,” as Luke Rosiak details out in Race to the Bottom. Singleton’s ideas have guided school districts to deem traits such as the ability to plan ahead and “emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology” as attributes of “whiteness.”