A Minnesota school district is attempting to solve its problem of violence among minority students by hiring a consulting firm that teaches "white racism" is the reason for those problems.
The St. Paul school district contracted with San Francisco-based Pacific Educational Group in 2010. They replaced suspensions with time-outs and began ignoring violent and unacceptable behavior, which some say has led to disciplinary chaos. Stacy Washington of Project 21 (The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives) says bringing in PEG is "like dancing with the devil."
"Because they come in and they basically say children aren't responsible for their own behavior," she continues. "And then when children do things that are wrong, instead of being held accountable they're told that it's a result of 'white privilege' and they're allowed to skate off without any consequences."
According to Education Action Group, PEG teaches that concepts like hard work and being on time for school or work are traits "foreign" to black culture – and instructs teachers to identify "focus students," adding that "it is preferable for all the students to be of the same racial group."
"These people are dividing us," states Washington. "They're causing us to look at each other in a very suspect way when we should be trying to understand one another and find our common beliefs and shared values."
According to a Fox News report in early May, school districts around the U.S. are spending millions of taxpayer dollars for PEG's "white privilege training for teachers" – to the tune of $4 million over the past five years. One district alone (Pittsburgh Public Schools in Pennsylvania) spent almost $600,000. Osseo Area Schools in Minnesota chipped in $533,000.