Our country is headed towards a crisis. A new class of racial profiteers have descended upon our classrooms — looking to refashion our schools’ curricula and infuse them with radical ideology while lining their pockets.
On June 11, 2020, days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, hundreds of miles away in Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas, senior adviser Linda Rawlings, a former principal, wrote to a Columbia University Professor Mark Gooden, to ask if he’d lead an August staff webinar on “implicit bias.”
The top-rated school district has one high school, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and about 8,000 students, an estimated 97 percent of them white. Rawlings wrote that she was looking for a “dynamic, knowledgeable” speaker for the webinar. Eanes Elementary School Principal Lesley Ryan had recommended Gooden, an academic under whom she had once studied. Gooden responded quickly that he would “love” to meet.
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