For years, many of Ohio's 610+ school districts have been prioritizing the well-being AND academic achievement of students by infusing honesty into education and operationalizing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, anti-racism and anti-discrimination practices, and cultural proficiency frameworks in their districts.
These efforts are based on student needs, education standards, school data, comprehensive student and staff surveys, evidence-based pedagogy, and professional behavioral health support.
Growing Opposition to
Honesty & DEI in Education
Recently, there has been growing opposition to Honesty in Education and DEI efforts in local districts based on a misunderstanding of the work itself, and a political strategy to misrepresent the work as Critical Race Theory. Some community residents are labeling professional educators as “Marxist” and their schools “indoctrination centers” for simply teaching students inclusive, complete, and accurate accounts of history and modern events, and honoring each child's identity, experience, and culture.
Some residents are demanding that districts:
This opposition reflects a lack of understanding or misunderstanding about: