i've had better things to think about than race in america, but here we are. those of you who weighed in on the "only democrats care about race " thread are welcome not to care about this thread either. "race" among humans is a cultural construct. biology is minimal. the ancestors of african americans are the same "ol' masters" as the ancestors of the southern white elite. this recognition that we are 1/2 cousins should be a unifying influence, but if you have ever been in a family you might recognize some dysfunctionality. this is something to overcome, as families can as we grow and mature. i have seen the chain e mails of classes where young children are divided by arbitrary characteristics, such as "blondes are the slaves and brunettes are the masters" for some kind of exercose. here is one where the "masters" and "slaves" were chosen randomly (but the black kid still ended up a slave) School apologizes after black student made 'slave' - Minor Topics (imperfectparent.com) no study of american history can ignore slavery or segregation, and should certainly include the horrors and degradation endured by the slaves, but exercises that include role playing the horror and degradation are inappropriate. if this ever happens it should stop. but is that "critical race theory?" we seem to disagree on this, and laws passed should specifically define what they are banning. then there is the book banning. morrison's "beloved?" really? i consider "huckleberry finn" to be the great american novel, certainly in anybody's top five. (with moby dick, the great gatsby, slaughterhouse 5 and grapes of wrath) banned? really? because twain wrote, accurately, the way 19th century white men talked? we no longer talk that way or think that way, nor should we. finally, parents certainly should have interest and input in their children's education. 1. children do lie, but even more often they tell their parents what they want to hear. if your child gets the impression that you want to hear that ms grundy told he he was an "oppressor" you will hear it. if he thinks you want to hear where the teacher touched him ("show me on the doll") he will point all over thnat action figure until he sees the shocked reaction from you. . 2. teachers will talk to parents. call her. schedule a conference. join the pta. screaming at the school board (whose major responsibility is money) seems over the top.