Critical Race Theory and a Request for Help

Chris Brandt analysis, letter

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is just another example of a method of thinking called Critical Theory introduced by mostly German philosophers and academics in the 1800s (including Karl Marx) and formally defined in 1937. Critical Theory makes the following assumptions: All social institutions and traditions were set up by a group of people who held power, in order to maintain power and benefit themselves. These are the “oppressors.” Every problem in society is their fault. To find out who they are, just look at who has the power and wealth. Everyone else is the “oppressed.”The only way to fix society is to remove power from the oppressors. Since the oppressors won’t give it up voluntarily, it will most likely require a revolutionary destruction of the institutions and traditions ...

Minnesota Social Studies standards

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The state’s Department of Education revises its curricula by subject matter on a 10-year cycle. It’s currently revamping its social studies standards. The department describes its social studies standards work, provides public copies of the draft standards, and invites public comment on their second draft by August 16. The Center of the American Experiment is a Minnesota think tank based in the Cities. It does great work on a wide variety of subjects. Recently, it has published (at least) two articles related to these standards: Educrats unleashed: an exposé on the state’s revamp of Social Studies standards Raise Our Standards: a summary of how critical race theory is injected into the Social Studies standards all the way from kindergarten through high school. It includes a petition requesting a …

COVID Minnesota

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The virus has impacted our lives. How about some perspective? All data came from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). There are differences in the MDH data because of different reporting dates. As of Monday, April 27 The median age was 86 70% of deaths occurred in Long Term Care Facilities or Nursing Homes 3,800 confirmed cases statewide 1,800 people (almost half) no longer need hospitalization or isolation 286 people have died of COVID-19. In contrast, MDH reported some other deaths:– 148 by influenza (since September)– 2,000 accidental deaths (including traffic)– 783 suicides (in 2017)– 384 medical mistakes (in 2018)– 675 drug overdoses (in 2017) Minnesota resources 2,638 ICU hospital beds available 932 ICU hospital beds in use (35% utilization) 3,706 ventilators available 554 ventilators in use (15% …

Daycare: A Tale of Big Government

Bruce Kaskubar analysis, commentary

In Olmsted County’s 2019 residential survey, belief that our county has affordable child care has declined from 51 to 26 (on a scale of 100) since 2013. Is the belief real? Yes. The number of family providers has declined. The number of corporate providers has increased. For infants, corporate providers cost about $300 per week while family providers cost about $170 per week. The tilt toward corporate centers increases the average cost. $170 per week isn’t chump change. $300? Wow. What’s going on? Pretty much, government. The Dayton administration pushed to unionize child care providers by using a shameful ruse. That, and the tactics used by the union, disgusted many family operators (and observers!). Minnesota’s pre-K policies leave daycare providers more dependent on just infants and toddlers as …