CROZET — Community members have a chance to learn more about the differences between Culturally Responsive Teaching and Critical Race Theory.
The two education philosophies sometimes get confused because of their identical initials — CRT.
RISE, a Waynesboro-based civic group that helps elevate Black voices and bridge a gap between communities, is co-sponsoring a community conversation Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Crozet Library in Albemarle County.
“There’s a lot of confusion about CRT,” said Sharon Fitz, co-founder of RISE. “There are points where subjects cross, but as far as the breadth of the content, they’re not the same.”
Culturally Responsive Teaching recognizes the importance of including diverse cultural references in all aspects of learning. Meanwhile, Critical Race Theory is more a framework for teaching that many laws and regulations in the United States are rooted in racism, and how racism has become embedded in many social institutions. Critical Race Theory is typically found in college-level classes.
“The event is about bringing about the community, regardless of what your position is on it,” Fitz said. “Just so we can talk it through amongst ourselves with people who have direct insight.”
Panelists include Zoe Spencer, Wes Bellamy and Darius Green.
This is the second community conversation event held at the library. Saturday, Jan. 8 was a talk on American history education also co-sponsored by RISE.
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