Community event to discuss the differences between two

CROZET — Community members have the opportunity to learn more about the differences between culturally responsive education and critical race theory.

The two philosophies of education are sometimes confused because of their identical initials – CRT.

RISE, a Waynesboro-based civic group that helps elevate black voices and bridge the divide between communities, is co-sponsoring a Community Conversation Saturday starting at 11 a.m. at the Crozet Library in Albemarle County.

“There’s a lot of confusion about CRT,” said RISE co-founder Sharon Fitz. “There are points where the topics intersect, but in terms of breadth of content, they are 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 of 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 usually found in college-level courses.

“The event is about bringing out the community, regardless of your stance on it,” Fitz said. “Just so we can talk about it among ourselves with people who have a direct view.”

Panelists include Zoe Spencer, Wes Bellamy and Darius Green.

This is the second community conversation event held at the library. Saturday, January 8 was a conference on teaching American history also co-sponsored by RISE.

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