Critical Race Theory is not part of the curriculum adopted by the Chehalis School District. 

We recognize there are many different understandings of the term critical race theory.

  • Some define critical race theory as an academic movement of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race and to challenge mainstream approaches to racial justice. 
  • Others believe CRT is undermining American ideals and representing America in a negative way teaching students to be ashamed of their country and its history. 
  • Others define critical race theory in a different way.

Critical race theory is one of many perspectives you can use to look at history. While there is no curriculum being taught at W. F. West High School about critical race theory, it may be referenced in an individual lesson in current events or U.S. History demonstrating perspective.

The board recognizes its responsibility for the improvement and growth of the educational program of the schools. To this end, the course designs shall be evaluated, adapted and developed on a continuing basis.

Instructional materials shall be selected to ensure alignment with state learning standards and enable all students to master foundational skills and knowledge to achieve college and career readiness (Board Policy 2020).

A basic education is an evolving program of instruction that is intended to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible and respectful global citizens, to contribute to their economic well-being and that of their families and communities, to explore and understand different perspectives, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives. (BP 2000)

The district shall offer courses of study which will afford learning experiences appropriate to the level of student understanding.

The instructional program shall respect the right of students to face issues, to have free access to information, to study under teachers in situations free from prejudice and to form, hold, and express their own opinions without personal prejudice or discrimination.

The district encourages staff members to provide for the free and orderly flow and examination of ideas so that students may gain the skills to gather and arrange facts, discriminate between facts and opinion, discuss differing viewpoints, analyze problems and draw their own tentative conclusions (Board Policy 2331).

Teachers shall guide discussions and procedures … to gain divergent points of view, with thoroughness and objectivity to acquaint students with the need to recognize opposing viewpoints, the importance of fact, the value of judgment and the virtue of respect for conflicting opinions.

Teachers will exercise professional judgment in determining the appropriateness of the issue to the curriculum and the maturity of the students. When in doubt regarding appropriateness, the matter should be referred to the principal (Board Policy 2331).

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