Rantz: School used unsubstantiated hate speech allegations to push kids into fairness training
Kirkland Middle School (KiMS) used totally unsubstantiated claims of hate speech on campus to justify left-leaning equity training for children. Worse still, the school seems to have concocted data to justify the training after it had already started. The incorrect data may have been used to respond to complaints from two parents who questioned the hate speech allegations.
According to emails shared with the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, KiMS manager Niki Cassaro alleged there was “an increase in the use of racial and identity slurs.” She said the incidents occurred at all grade levels and were “pervasive rather than a single isolated incident”. Therefore, the school organized a training to discuss the importance of diversity and the dangers of hate speech and slurs. The district, through a spokesperson, confirmed the training came “in response to a trend” on biased behaviors.
But the district was unable to provide any evidence of widespread use of racial or identity slurs. The only data that exists suggests that the opposite is true: that students experience no hatred on campus. That didn’t seem like enough for the school.
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A look at partisan training
The equity training was delivered over four days starting April 25, during which students learned why they focus on hate speech.
“Many KiMS students are mean and disrespectful to each other through their words and actions. There has been a huge increase in the use of hate speech, derogatory terms and various insults. We will use this week to reflect on how our choices of words and actions affect us, those around us, and our community,” one slide reads.
The formation also claimed that “KiMS has a zero-tolerance policy for words and actions that make anyone feel disrespectful or unsafe”. It’s wrong. No zero tolerance policy against anyone feeling disrespected exists.
The training also introduced the Pyramid of Hate, a political resource often used for anti-racism training. He explains different ways progressives think bias is expressed, such as microaggressions, lack of awareness of one’s privilege, criminal justice disparities, cultural appropriation, unequal media representation, and jokes.
The lesson ended with a request: that students complete a survey about biases they may have witnessed or experienced. The school has tried to achieve a specific result.
Cooking the results?
The student survey was anonymous and asked a number of personal questions, including about the gender identity of grade 6, 7 and 8 students and whether or not they felt safe and respected at school. A total of 483 students answered the question.
For the most part, prompts about school bias are uncontroversial, such as “I feel respected by my peers…” followed by “yes”, “no”, and “sometimes”. But the students took part in the survey just after facing allegations of bias from the left. If a white student told a black student that he didn’t have white privilege, if black students felt disrespected by the “lack of awareness”, that would be a form of bias that could be answered in the affirmative in investigation.
But a prompt popped up for students and their parents.
The prompt read, “I overheard someone using some form of hate speech or making derogatory remarks at…,” followed by just three responses: “At school,” “During extracurricular activities,” and “In the community “. Students were unable to provide a response that they had not heard any hate speech or derogatory remarks.
The limited wording and responses means that 100% of students responding to this mandatory prompt would confirm that the school has a hate speech problem. This would be the perfect data point to use to argue that there is a “pervasive” hate speech problem on campus.
A district spokesperson said it recognizes the prompt would lead to unfair claims.
“After the survey was released, it was determined that question 9 of the survey was not worded correctly. Staff members have alerted counseling staff to the issue and as a result they have not shared the collected data with students, nor will they be able to use it in their work,” the gatekeeper said. speak in an email to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. .
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What did the survey actually say?
The training focused on the results of the survey. This showed that there was no “pervasive” hate speech problem on campus.
Despite being indoctrinated with left-wing views on prejudice, a very small number of students (251) say they “felt” targeted because of their sexual orientation (11%), religion/beliefs (10%), their race or ethnicity (15%), or gender (16%). This does not indicate a widespread hate speech problem at KiMS. Still, the school tried to portray the investigation as revealing a significant problem.
“While this data represents only 10-16% of our student population, these students may face forms of targeting every day at school. If a student is targeted every day throughout middle school, that equates to 1.4 years (counting school days ONLY),” a slide reads.
There is no evidence that students face allegations of bias every day. Given the general explanation that the students were told this was a form of hate, there is no real evidence that this happens to most of these students. And it’s unclear how many individual students are responsible for multiple bias allegations.
Yet the training told the students that the problem was pervasive.
“Given the number of students reporting abuse, we ask that all abuse be reported to a trusted adult at school or in the office,” a slide reads.
Parents complain and principal makes false claims
The parents of a KiMS student emailed Principal Cassaro asking why their child needed to take the training. They doubted the claim that the school had a hate speech problem.
“Can you please provide an example of the type of event(s) that prompted the use of an entire week (instead of extra class time) on this topic? I’m not asking for specific example, but I’m curious to know at what grade level the incidents would have occurred and what type of incident (‘mean and disrespectful’, ‘hate speech, derogatory, insults’),” the mother emailed. mail.
“My husband and I believe that these types of ‘lessons’ on social justice type topics are better suited to parenting instruction,” she added.
Cassaro said the n-word was used, along with a derogatory word about Chinese people, by students. But she initially couldn’t provide any official data showing a pervasive problem, according to an email the parent shared with The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.
“One of the challenges of collecting data is that so much of it happens in the hallway and the dining room,” Cassaro wrote, according to an email forwarded by the parents. “Students and some staff report hearing more inappropriate language, racial slurs and derogatory comments than in the past, but have not been able to identify the students who uttered them. For those students we were able to identify, we followed the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.
Use the poll to push the point
Cassaro then used the survey results to bolster his claim of pervasive hate on campus, despite the lack of official data.
“According to the survey conducted Tuesday during Panther Time, nearly 300 students at our school across all three grade levels reported hearing inappropriate language and/or gestures, hate speech, slurs, and/or derogatory language. . We are always trying to identify students who engage in this behavior and we believe many students are hearing their feedback,” Cassaro wrote.
His calculations don’t match.
There were 251 cases of students claiming to have suffered some form of bias. The data does not indicate that 251 – or 300 – individual students experienced bias. He says students have reported bodies bias (i.e. a student could be responsible for three affirmative responses when asked about bias). If you add the cases of students who said they witnessed rude gestures (384), which the principal cites in her email, you get 634 cases of bias.
And the data collected only came after the students were groomed to change their minds about what is an example of bias.
An excuse to push equity training on students
It is difficult to judge the honesty of a school and district that will not provide data on instances of bias.
But it’s incredulous to believe that there’s a pervasive problem when they’re unable to produce even a rough number of instances before pushing students into a survey where they seem pressured to answer in the affirmative. And even after the survey is done, it shows very clearly that any perceived problem is not pervasive.
Anti-bias training, for whatever reason, would not normally be considered controversial. There’s nothing wrong with remembering how insults can impact relationships and the environment. But in this case, the formation is worth remembering.
The very premise of the training is based on what appears to be a lie. The school tells children they are racist, redefines prejudice through a left-wing lens via training, and guilts them into changing their worldview. It is manipulative and immoral.
And that training is guided by a vision of the political world is inadmissible, even if it is not shocking to see in public schools invaded by liberal militant educators.
The school owes its students an apology or a more public explanation of what the real problem really looks like – if it exists.
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