Last year, lawmakers unwisely added “cultural competency training” to Minnesota teacher licensure requirements. The new law defines “cultural competency” as being able to:
“interact effectively with people of different cultures, native languages, and socioeconomic backgrounds.”
This is benign-sounding language that has thrown the door wide to every radical social justice cause imaginable. For decades, broad and vague legislative terminology has served as a conduit for agencies to embed policies that were never intended or approved by lawmakers. It’s a pattern and strategy to use Minnesota-nice impulses for fairness and justice against us.
To be licensed in Minnesota, teachers will now be subjected to intense indoctrination on white privilege, male privilege, how-all-whites-are-inherently-racist, how-all-men-are-inherently-sexist, how-gender-is-a-choice, that all must embrace Islam, embrace LGBT, and embrace gender pronouns.
The new licensing board is now adopting rules for administering the new law. Their proposed rules completely reframe the law by specifically requiring all the ideological buzz words of radical activists.
How does the Teacher Licensing Board redefine “Cultural Competency”?
“Cultural competency training” means a training program that promotes self-reflection and discussion on all of the following topics: racial, cultural, and socioeconomic groups; American Indian students; implicit bias; systemic racism; gender identity, including transgender students; sexual orientation; language diversity; and individuals with disabilities. Training programs must be designed to increase teachers’ understanding of these topics and their ability to implement this knowledge with students, families, and the school community, consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30, subdivision 1, paragraph (q).”
To understand the new definition of “cultural competency,” look no further than the outrageous controversy engulfing Edina High School. Radical “cultural competency” is being aggressively imposed there. If you haven’t been following that story, you must. Unless the new Dayton-appointed agency rules are rejected by the administrative law judge, Edina’s experience will be your own school’s experience.
Be sure to look over these articles about Edina schools:
Private Schools are NOT immune! Private schools hire Minnesota-licensed teachers. With the adoption of this rule, the entire radical agenda of the Left would be imported, through training teachers, into non-public schools.
The cultural competency rule violates every tenet of freedom of thought, freedom of speech, and freedom of conscience. It uses intimidation and fear against students and teachers alike to push an ideology that clashes with mainstream Minnesota beliefs and values.