FIRST ON FOX: Hardwired Global, a Richmond, Va.-based human rights organization that has developed programs to promote peace and pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa, is launching a new effort to combat the “divisive curriculum and teacher training programs” based on Critical Race Theory (CRT).
“Curricula and teacher training programs based on the CRT and similar frameworks that are currently being sold to schools are rooted in Marxism and discriminatory ideas,” said Tina Ramirez, president and executive director of Hardwired Global. , to Fox News Digital. “From my work around the world and my vast experience in human rights, I have seen with my own eyes that this only leads to more division and hatred, and makes existing problems worse.”
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“We fight this with what we’ve seen work: a framework based on the freedom that we’re all inherently hardwired for and that’s rooted in the same values that America was founded on,” Ramirez added.
On Wednesday, Hardwired Global announced that it is launching a new initiative, the Peaceful Garden Project, which aims to provide teachers with an alternative to divisive programs such as those involving CRT – a framework that involves deconstructing aspects of society to uncover systemic racism beneath the surface. Critics say the CRT divides Americans, calling whites oppressors and blacks oppressed.
Supporters are pushing CRT as a tool for racial equity. School districts often deny that the CRT has any influence on curricula or training, insisting that it is a college-level or college-level course. Even so, parents argue that CRT ideas have seeped into curricula and training, and public records support this claim.
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Ramirez builds the initiative on the basis of the work done by Hardwired Global around the world since 2013. The organization promotes an understanding of human rights, human dignity and pluralism in countries like Iraq, the Nigeria and Sudan, according to a press release. provided to Fox News Digital.
The initiative aims to provide “support to parents, grandparents, elected officials, teachers and other members of our community who want to take action, but need the resources to support change in their local schools.” The initiative will train teachers across the Commonwealth of Virginia “to counter the divisive curriculum with a pedagogy grounded in America’s founding values - inalienable rights, human dignity, freedom of conscience, speech and expression”.
“The name of the Peaceful Garden Project comes from one of the children’s books I published last year through my organization, Hardwired,” Ramirez said in the statement. “The book was inspired by the story of a teacher from northern Iraq whose Yazidi family was displaced when Islamic State militants ravaged his village and home. Through a beautiful lesson, he teaches a group of displaced children how a garden is beautiful and complete because of the diversity of its flowers.”
She said the Peaceful Garden project aims to counter divisive curricula with “what we know works: a curriculum based on inherent inalienable rights, human dignity and respect for each person’s freedom of conscience. “.
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Virginia has become ground zero in the national battle over CRT and sexuality in public schools, with parents speaking out at school board meetings in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, merging a movement that has partially propelled the Republican Glenn Youngkin in the Governor’s Mansion last year.
Ramirez, a former candidate for the US House of Representatives, was redistributed out of the race. She is currently running for the Virginia State Senate in the 12th District.