By Danette Clark September 18, 2012
Verenice Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland, Oregon, believes the mention of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is racist.
Since this story was released by the Portland Tribune on September 5th, there has been quite a bit of outrage. Gutierrez has been referred to as a ‘loon’, a ‘leftist-loon’, a ‘liberal loon’, a ‘jack-fool loon’, and a ‘whack-job’, just to name a few. But in her defense, I think everyone should know that Gutierrez is not just some random loon. She is one of thousands [God help us] who have been trained to think this way by friends of our president, who work within an education reform movement built, in part, by our president.
The newspaper reported that Principal Gutierrez and many, if not all, of Portland Public Schools’ leaders have received training from Glenn Singleton’s ‘Coaching for Educational Equity’ program. Singleton’s book, Courageous Conversations About Race, is being implemented as a district-wide equity training platform.
Glenn Singleton is the founder of Pacific Educational Group (PEG), which actively promotes Derrick Bell’s Critical Race Theory in public schools nationwide. I wrote about PEG earlier this year after Breitbart.com exposed the organization and revealed that the late Derrick Bell was a friend and mentor of President Obama.
Singleton uses Bell’s Critical Race Theory as a foundation of his organization to encourage educators and students to talk about race. PEG admits that it targets white culture as the source of the problems minority students face.
Portland Public Schools is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) which partners with Singleton’s organization, PEG, on issues of racial equality and equity coaching for school districts.
CES is a massive network of thousands of radical schools and affiliate organizations that has President Obama largely to thank for its success.
In 1996, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge education initiative was launched by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The Annenberg Institute’s mission was to expand the work of Theodore Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools to youth across the country.
Obama worked with communist Bill Ayers on the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge funneling large sums of money to CES schools, which was then housed in Brown University. That work, combined with the work of Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop, literally parlayed CES into an extensive nationwide network of social justice schools, educator training mills, and curriculum development organizations.
Education advisor to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Linda Darling Hammond, is a long-time advisory board member for the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (BayCES), a national affiliate center of CES. Glenn Singleton is also a BayCES board member.
As president, Obama still promotes and funds CES schools, even donating a portion of his unearned Nobel Peace Prize loot to a few CES affiliate organizations.
Several friends, associates, and appointees to the president have participated as class speakers and attended forums and speaking engagements in support of CES schools, including Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Cornel West, Van Jones, and Kevin Jennings.
As part of their blatant attack on white middle class America, both PEG and CES peddle the ‘white privilege’ theory. At Harvey Scott K-8 and other Portland schools, where peanut butter sandwiches are insensitive, school leaders are holding “intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives” to help teachers “come to understand their own ‘white privilege’” in hopes that they can then change their teaching practices to boost minority student performance.
The ‘white privilege’ guilt-trip has gained a lot of momentum in recent years. Increasingly popular is the annual White Privilege Conference which is attended by thousands of educators and students from school districts all over the country.
To read about the White Privilege Conference and other CES schools that have made the news for all the wrong reasons, go here.