CARSON CITY, Nevada (KOLO) – The Nevada State Board of Education is the group that sets the standard of social justice for elementary school students.
This group of policy makers has been talking about diversity, equity and inclusion for several years.
The Assistant Superintendent for Student Success at the Nevada Department of Education, Dr. Jonathan Moore PhD has agreed to reveal the series of events leading to social justice becoming a new classroom norm.
“When you look at the state results of our black students and our students who identify as Hispanic, they continue to lag behind their white and Asian peers,” said Dr. Moore.
In 2018, the academic content standards were revised.
A content mandate falls under a multicultural theme, which includes “social justice, conscience and action”.
“Each school district is empowered to choose instructional materials through the state process,” said Dr. Moore.
Washoe County Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill organized the “Superintendent’s Working Group on Additional Documents”.
Eighteen people, including teachers, parents and community members, were selected to oversee the additional curriculum, which could include topics on diversity.
“Is Critical Race Theory part of this program?” Asked the KOLO 8 Noah Bond evening anchor.
“Not at all. Not part of our standards, not part of academic standards. I don’t know of any school in Nevada that teaches critical race theory,” replied Dr. Moore.
Bond asked Moore to share an example of how the State School Board would like to see the social justice standard play out in a Nevada classroom to illustrate the intent of this term.
“If I’m a teacher and I teach kindergarten at the most basic level when I talk about social justice, I introduce the students, what is conflict? In what ways have we seen conflict in our neighborhood? In our community? Even in our classroom, and how do we deal with conflict? and so this is the most fundamental lead, ”said Dr Moore.
He says the State Board of Education would like students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 to understand conflict, for students in Grades 5 to 7 to understand conflict in a larger context, and for students in Grade 1 to Senior. take a more analytical approach to conflict.
“It depends on where I am from or where my family may come from geographically. How did the conflict affect me? and based on this conflict, what then is my view of the world we live in? Says Dr Moore.
He invites worried parents to discuss the standards with their child’s teacher and even school leaders.
You can also click here to contact the State Board of Education on this matter.
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