Emily Mais, an assistant principal in a Virginia elementary school, is now suing her district over what she claims was her being forced to adopt a "critical race theory" curriculum.
Mais, who works at Angor-Hurt Elementary School in Charlottesville Virginia, claims that, as soon as students went fully back to in-person learning, the school board raced to "introduce controversial policies and mandatory teacher training based on critical race theory."
Mais, in her op-ed published in the New York Post, mentioned that this happened at the same time that teachers and school staff were "suddenly faced with fresh challenges that required our full attention and energy: implementing new health and safety procedures, helping students who had fallen behind academically during virtual learning and doing our very best to restore a productive learning environment for all."
However, on top of all of this, teachers were expected to undergo additional training. In addition, the material of this training turned out to be based on something that many teachers and administrators have strongly objected to on philosophical grounds.
"I witnessed firsthand how this training directed teachers to be racist by viewing each other and their students based solely on race and then treating each other differently according to the color of their skin."
"Indeed, this curriculum, based on Glenn Singleton’s book 'Courageous Conversations About Race,' promotes harmful racial stereotypes," continued Mais in her writing. "It also teaches that students of color are inherently disadvantaged."
Mais then asserted: "I believe every person is made in the image of God and entitled to equal treatment and respect, so this content immediately set off warning signals."
"And I wasn’t alone. Fellow teachers and staff members repeatedly shared their concerns with me about how the curriculum created a racially divisive and hostile environment and about the hurtful comments other staff members made throughout the training, which denigrated them for being white."