Idaho teachers brag about how the state works around CRT bans – Indy News

Undercover journalists, including Accuracy in Media, have released footage showing multiple Idaho teachers bragging about state bans on CRT-themed curricula. Last year, the Idaho House passed Bill 377, which barred public schools and universities from teaching CRT. Although the bill was signed into law last April, Idaho teachers have found ways to circumvent the ban.

“So that dumb new law doesn’t bother you?” Nampa, an undercover journalist, is heard asking Cindy Dion, an Idaho teacher. “Social-emotion-education, can no longer be said here. It’s “mental health,” Dion replied. “So you know this is just our‘ mental health curriculum ’” he continues to explain the work. “So you know, we’re trying to convey that transformation to you, ‘No, we’re not’ social-emotional-learning ‘, it’s all mental health,” Dion said jokingly.

“It’s just all the different words you have to use and ‘of course we don’t CRT, we don’t’ so yes. We’re just learning how to get around all the weird things out there.”

Breaking: Idaho has banned critical race theory, but schools are teaching it anyway.

“Label changed, same thing.”

“Socio-emotional education, we can say no more here. It’s mental health. ”

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The purpose of socio-emotional education is to teach students from different backgrounds to understand their peers better but has been criticized as a “Trojan horse” for incorporating CRT-themed curriculum. Proponents of CRT in Idaho and elsewhere often deny that it is taught in the classroom and claim that it is a “legal theory” taught in college classrooms. Although “critical race theory” is actually a legal theory, different districts label their CRT-themed curricula differently and often include the terms “equity” or “diversity and inclusion”. In Idaho, CRT has been identified as “social-emotional-learning.”

Melissa Langan, chief academic officer for the Caldwell School District in Idaho, was caught on video showing how the district deliberately changed the name of socio-emotional education to “behavioral adaptation.”

“It’s the kind of discomfort we have to deal with,” Langan said. “But at the same time, it was kind of bright… because they don’t care [behavior adaptions]It’s the same thing, though, “Langan told reporters

Idaho was one of the first states in the country to ban CRT in the classroom, but critics argue that the bill leaves plenty of room for prohibited material to avoid the ban.

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