BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL (HOI) – Summer discussions about history and race in America intensify at Bloomington-Normal before students return to school in the fall.
At last week’s two-hour District 87 meeting, some people raised concerns over topics such as mask warrants, sex education and teaching about racism in America, an ongoing national discussion. .
They said that teaching critical race theory pits children against each other, causing more division.
Bloomington-Normal NAACP vice president Carla Campbell-Jackson said discussing the country’s grim history does the opposite.
“It shouldn’t divide the students, but it should actually bridge the gap and allow the students to become more empathetic about what has happened in the past and hopefully these meaningful relationships.”
Campbell-Jackson said the program does not denounce an individual, but aims to educate students about systemic racism in the country and help them move from
“We can explore our history, which is vitally important while trying to make sure that we fix those divisive tactics that may have existed in the past, because that’s how we go.”
Discussions on the curriculum and other matters will continue at the Unit 5 school board meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
As of now, the state approved an education reform in March where racial disparities will be discussed in education.