Most of the statements made by Ms. Nappen (Nov. 10 Coronado Eagle & Journal) are correct. Good teachers can instill a life-long love of learning and deserve to be supported and appreciated. The golden rule needs to be followed in our community to promote and ensure tolerance and kindness. And finally, CRT is a graduate level college course that was never designed to be taught in the public schools.

But CRT has been taught in the public schools here in Coronado.

The Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate (NPFH) curriculum is merely CRT by another name. Nexuses between them include their definition of racism (“the marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people”), their vision of racism permeating everyday interactions (both CRT and NPFH hold that systemic racism is woven into small, seemingly innocuous parts of life such as dental appointments or the common phenomenon of seeking out like-minded people) and the opinion that racism is foundational to American history.

On Dec. 10, 2020, a local story stated, “The Coronado School District signed up for the No Place for Hate program…an educational program of the Anti-Defamation League…” The article goes on to say at the CUSD Equity Coordinator, Niamh Foley announced that CUSD has joined other San Diego Districts in utilizing this…” It also said, “Coronado High School’s committee is led by Principal Schmeichel…”

Fast forward to May 17, 2020, when in another local story, “CHS Offers No Place for Hate Activities” which included a two hour Zoom with Principal Schmeichel about social injustice and another Zoom entitled “Identity Iceberg.” Little kids were asked to sign pledges and No Place for Hate banners were prominently displayed in front of schools.

Fast forward to last month’s school board meeting when the school board voted to spend significant education funds registering the CUSD Equity Committee with the County Office of Education and contracting for new staff training from the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC). According to its website, the NCRC is currently hiring restorative justice facilitators, and hosts workshops that will take a “deep dive into privilege” and work to make our organizations and lives ‘anti-racist.’”)

Sadly, Ms. Nappen, the district has implemented CRT identity-based, social justice political indoctrination into our public schools. NPFH was not merely a club offered at the schools last year, as currently claimed by the superintendent. Words have been used to deceive and divide, but not by the people you suspect.

As “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” discovered, words do matter. Truth matters. Words can create wedges and distrust, and fear and can be weaponized to create community discord. Finally, I believe that introducing Hitler and Stalin into any argument further promotes division and anger and severely limits civil discourse.

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