PORTLAND, Ore. – Dr. Verenice Gutierrez, a principal with Oregon’s Portland Public Schools, has become convinced that America’s “white culture” negatively influences educators’ world view and the manner in which they teach their students.
For instance, last year a teacher in the district presented a lesson that included a reference to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Gutierrez says that byusing sandwiches as an illustration, the teacher was engaged in a very subtle form of racism.
Plainly stated, PEG believes that African American and Latino students are being discriminated against by the nation’s public schools, which have been designed to promote a curriculum based on “white culture” and “white privilege.”
PEG says concepts like hard work and planning for the future are traits of “white culture,” and implies that minority students cannot be expected to respond to a curriculum based on those values. They say black culture is more in tune with “collectivism,” presumably the type applied in Cuba or North Korea.
This is the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) website.
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