Mariemont City Schools
August 13, 2021 The superintendent of Mariemont Schools, Mr. Steve Estepp, sent an email with the following information about their Global Cultural Perspectives program as it relates to Critical Race Theory.
“The Mariemont City School District Board of Education has not adopted a Critical Race Theory curriculum. We are not suggesting that our students should feel shame or guilt related to their personal and social characteristics. We are not conveying any particular set of beliefs, ideologies or opinions about global, societal and/or cultural issues as the correct way to think.”
Within 3 weeks of school starting this year (2021-2022) I have seen elements of critical race theory. We started questioning the principal and teacher as to what they meant about this statement (see back to school presentation slide 7). The response from the principal and teacher was that this was a mistake and that the school has not adopted any social justice standards. The principal did lead us to these social justice standards but said they are not teaching them - https://www.learningforjustice.org/frameworks/social-justice-standards.
Attached are the 5th grade reading list for books for 5th grade first quarter (2021-2022) book club. Out of about 40 books about 15 of them are riddled with themes of gay marriage, black lives matter, anti-police rhetoric, immigration, and other racially incensed material. I have highlighted them in a document.
Also during the first quarter the class read aloud was Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. While I allowed my child to sit through this class he came home two days in a row with their lesson pertaining to racism.
The read aloud for the second quarter seemed to continue this constant theme of race being the most important factor to teach our 5th grade kids. Indian No more by Charlene Willian McManis. The teacher claimed this was chosen because it hits the social studies standard to learn about native Indian tribes as well as hitting the nonfiction theme in English. It does not meet either of these goals. Upon reading the book, I immediately pulled my son from the read aloud and assigned him a more appropriate book that meets the social studies and English standard. Indian No More is a novel that was written about the Termination policy that Eisenhower put into place in the 1950’s. The government is called ‘the white man’ in this book. It emphasizes how awful the ‘white man’ was, color of skin is an important theme, and I was not going to allow my child to form an image in his head based solely on skin color.
I have also attached pictures from a teacher professional development day in August 2021. Tristan Vaught presented at this teacher pd. This was given to us by a current teacher in the district that is disgusted by what is going on within the district.
Attached is also a sticker that is on almost every door at all 4 schools in the school district. GLSEN.
The high school reading list is also attached with books deep in CRT.
Attached is also the slide show from Mariemont City School District Global and Cultural Perspectives 2020-2021 School year. At this time, the slideshow has been removed from the school website after parents started questioning motives.