An empty classroom. (iStock)
But Bessinger said there was an " alarming "change that happened in the year 2020 - 2021 regarding the implementation of a new race-based school curriculum. Around January, she received boxes of new books for her class.
"I couldn't believe what I was doing. I saw there, there were cartoon booklets, you know, all of them sort of sharing the same narrative, "Bessinger said.
The tale of Jack and the Beanstalk told with African American Jack and an evil white giant. (Mary Diamond)
Books on pivotal moments in American history, for example, the American Revolution or the Civil War War, it all basically boiled down to "someone being aggressive or someone oppressing someone. 'another. "
Bessinger said that any of these books wouldn't necessarily have been a problem on their own, but they are the only books that his students are. sup posed to read.
Reading material from Bessinger 's classroom, illustrating fear oppressionwhite. (Mary Diamond)
"It 's problematic because, yes, it is part of our history. We are not a perfect nation historically, but we're very close, "said Bessinger. "We were teaching slavery. We were teaching the civil rights movement before all of that. Now, these books essentially suggest to children that this is the one story that defines America.
Whites as abusers is a recurring theme in many of the books attributed in the new curriculum. (Mary Diamond)
OKLAHOMA BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES REPRESSION ON EDUCATIONON THE CRITICAL THEORY OF THE RACE
Bessinger's comments come amid national concerns that the Critical Race Theory , a school of thought focused on the impact of power structures and institutions about racial minorities, is taught in classrooms. Liberal experts and teachers 'unions, meanwhile, have either minimizes or contradicts this notion.
A book showing a killer tiger formed from a white female. (Mary Diamond)
Bessinger clarified that the "critical theory of race " n 'is mentioned nShe goes into the new curriculum, but said her "principles " are implicit in all lessons.
"CRT theory is reflected in novels, booklets, projects, storylines and themes, "Bessinger said.
Ramona Bessinger (Mary Diamond)
Her students are almost all African American or Hispanic. Bessinger, who is white, said she may feel suspicious of herself as a teacher. By the end of the year, some students called her "America" or asked her if she lived in a castle.
"There was a weird fear of me, wasn't there? So that made me very sad because I feel like as educators… we really care about our students, ”she said.Let 's make the children feel good and welcome and (that) they feel that they are American and that they are part of our tradition and our heritage. They are not on one camp and I on another. "
Bessinger said there was a nervous tension that permeated his school and among his colleagues. Many did. privately expressed their opposition to the new program but are too afraid to speak out for fear of being labeled as racist.
" I refuse to propagate lies. I cannot do this as a parent and as a teacher. I just can't do it. So drop the cards where they can, "she said. " I mean, what kind of human would I be if I just went with that and buried my head in the sand? What kind of mother would I be? What kind of educator would I be?So, no, I have no choice but to go public. "
Fox News has contacted Providence Public Schools seeking comment.