Critical Race Theory in NZ Schools
Although there is evidence the UNITEC Institute of Technology (Auckland) was training staff in Critical Race Theory as far back as 2014, it was only regularly used in the the central education system after the “Institute for Courageous Conversation” (iCCAR) was launched in 2016. This NZ offshoot of a US based company was at that time contracted to supply CRT training to the Ministry of Education on what appears to be a pretty regular basis.
Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute (NZ) was established by means of a business partnership between Dr. Matthew Farry, a NZ academic and Glenn Singleton, CEO of Pacific Educational Group in the US.
Singleton founded The Pacific Educational Group in the USA in 1992 and according to its website, the company is “committed to achieving racial equity in the United States and beyond”. Farry is listed in corporate records as the Managing Director of Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute (NZ).
Farry and Singleton today have their fingers in many pies as their business has expanded over the years. They have established other trading entities with different names but similar objectives and are providing services to the Ministry of Education as well as corporates.
Courageous Conversations had a course organised in Wellington for September this year which has suddenly been canceled (as reported on the BFD), possibly as a result of Judith Collin’s excellent work in drawing public attention to CRT in NZ education. The cost of the courses are estimated at around $1500 (or more) per person, and the MOE had intended to send 300 staff.
Whereas the program for the above particular course is not available, there are similar programs listed on the company’s website. Here’s a sample of what they’re probably teaching NZ teachers.
“Decolonizing Ourselves and our Leadership: Utilizing a Liberation Approach and Intersectionality Framework to Challenge White Supremacy”
Critical Race Theory (CRT) seeks to explore and challenge the prevalence of racial inequality in society and examines the ways In which racial inequality is maintained and normalized.
This workshop will provide a historical overview of how white supremacy and colonialism permeates throughout organizations/places of work and subsequently informs leadership and work environments.
The whole course covers twelves lectures all described in similar language. The complete and horrifying program is in the attached PDF. Read it and weep for what these people have been doing to our children.
Jacinda Arden’s claims that CRT does not exist in the NZ education system are utter BS and she should be ashamed to promote such distortions of truth.