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Move This World
Charles Wolfe June 10, 2021

Move This World is a video based, Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), K-12 curriculum. Quaker Valley (QV) has only purchased it for K-6 at this time; which is all I was able to review. With respect the verbiage in the videos, they do not teach Critical Race Theory (CRT); however, being it is only a set of prompts that are facilitated by the teacher, it leaves plenty of room for CRT-inspired discussion. Additionally, the curriculum progressively adds CRT-suggestive prompts as the grade level increases. Since I was not able to review videos for the upper grade levels, I can only assume that trend will continue.

The more troubling aspect of this curriculum is the apparent direction it is intended to go. The founder, Sara LaHayne does not hide her support of CRT. On the curriculum website there are a few articles that show-case Mrs. LaHayne’s racism and anti-American comments.

Asking The Hard Questions dated August 14, 2017

“The United States of America would not be what it is today without enslaving millions of people of color.”

“White inhabitants of this nation would not have the same opportunity, the same [white] privilege, without Jim Crow laws, redlining, or mass incarceration.”

“We can no longer deny that racism in America is alive and well”

“We are haunted by our past.”

“The only way forward is to understand why the conversation about systemic oppression and white supremacy makes people uncomfortable”

Listening Deeply & Amplifying Voices: How We React to Today’s Crises Will Define Us For a Generation dated June 2, 2020

“laid bare the structural inequities without our society.”

“For generations, Black people have been traumatized through slavery, discrimination, Jim Crow laws, mass incarceration, red-lining, and more, only to be murdered on video by police.”

“death counts reveal the toll institutional racism has taken on Black and Brown communities”

“Within schools, centuries of inequity are extremely clear.”

“Education is one of the few ways we can break down systemic oppression”

“we cannot simply return to ‘normal.’”

“places of learning that perpetuate hatred and racism in everyday human encounters”

“systemic racism and an unjust criminal system”

“addressing the systemic racism our communities are currently facing”

“At Move This World, we will continue to work with anti-racist and diversity, equity and inclusion consultants”

“lead to a more equitable world”

Anti-Racist Resources suggested by Move This World

A suggested list of Anti-racists resource, on Move This World letterhead, is linked from their website. The list contains sources/groups which include:

Black Lives Matter

Books How to be an Anti-Racist and Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

The book White Rage by Carol Anderson

The book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo who advocates teaching white people to “be less white”

Link to “anti-racist reading list by Ibram X. Kendi published in the NY Times.”