Hamilton County teachers are reportedly having to go through ‘white privilege’ training, just as teachers in Williamson County had to do earlier this year.
On his Twitter page, Hunter Hoagland of the Chattanooga-based WRCB television station showed slides teachers took at an in-service training.
PHOTOS: These slides were shown at a @hamcoschools in-service today sparking controversy across the district.
We spoke to school board member Rhonda Thurman who says, “Teachers who had to sit through this are furious.”
— Hunter Hoagland (@HunterHoagland) August 2, 2019
Among only some of the lessons school system officials tried to impart to teachers:
• People of color cannot be racist because they lack the institutional power to adversely affect white lives.
• Even if minorities sometimes complain about whites, such complaints serve as coping mechanisms to withstand racism rather than actual anti-white bias.
• Even when minorities express or practice prejudice against whites they are not racists.
• White privilege is both a legacy and a cause of racism.
• White privilege exists because of historic, enduring racism and biases.
According to TheChattanoogan.com, Patrick Hampton, staff member of the conservative Hamilton Flourishing group, warned “The liberal left is running the systems that educate children.”
Hamilton County School System officials meanwhile, reportedly told the website they regret any misinterpretations of how the material was presented.
“The presentation was actually about how adverse childhood experiences can impact behavior in the classroom and methods to have effective classroom management,” school system officials reportedly said.
“Slides from a presentation by guest speaker Robert Jackson, a former NFL player and teacher, given today to teachers at the annual Urban Education Institute have been taken out of context and misrepresented in Facebook posts. The slides are being misrepresented as a presentation on white privilege. For the slides in question, the speaker was reviewing terms that can impact perception and definitions attached to the terms when the slides were used. White Privilege was one of several terms on slides during the short part of the presentation.”
School system officials said the district “will put additional safeguards in place for external presenters to ensure there is less potential of misinterpretation of the content shared in the future.”
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