A group of 162 principals and assistant principals at Minnesota schools has invoked the late civil rights icon and former Georgia congressman John Lewis to push their goal of “de-centering Whiteness” in education
The “Good Trouble Principals” describe themselves as “a loose collection of local principals bound together by a commitment to changing our nation’s future by engaging in better, more equitable education practices.”
“John Lewis said: ‘Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble,’” the letter reads. “The undersigned principals declare publicly today that we are making some noise and getting in good trouble.”
The letter states that the principals intend to do that by “de-centering Whiteness” and “dismantling the practices that reinforce White academic superiority” – which allegedly include standardized testing and “an Americanized version of a caste system in our schools.”
Mauri Melander Friestleben, a member of the group, said its concrete goals include “increasing varieties of student and school evaluations that go beyond the annual standardized testing process.”
Critics of standardized testing have said it offers an advantage to wealthy, White and Asian American families. Its detractors include New York’s progressive Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who described it as a “pillar of systemic racism” earlier this year.
The principals group also accused Parent Teacher Associations and teachers unions of promoting White supremacy.
“Traditional organized Whiteness ensures domination through forms like PTAs and Unions,” the statement reads. “We purposefully call out and lift up historically non-represented voices of color in our spaces to hold weight and power.”
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