Having never been taught in the Minster school district, critical race theory will not be added to the school’s curriculum barring a state mandate, Minster Superintendent Brenda Boeke said Thursday night. 

At the board of education meeting, Minster resident Pam Marshall asked if critical race theory would be taught with Boeke replying that it would not.

“Critical race theory is truthfully nothing that’s ever been discussed in Minster,” she said. “Until another mandate or regulation comes down, it’s not something that will be.”

Austin Kaylor, the high school principal and former social studies teacher, said that race is something that’s going to be covered regardless throughout different lessons such as the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s and other events throughout history.

“There’s certain high school subjects that race is going to come up. You’re going to teach about the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” he said. “To make it as big as a focal point — if I’m well-read on what the theory actually holds — that basically every other subject, event or day revolves around race … we’ve never done that and I don’t see a reason to do that.”

Critical race theory has been a hot-button issue recently, coming up in Texas, as legislators introduced bills that change requirements how racism, current events and the country’s founding principles are taught in schools.

Boeke said that schools in bigger cities operate different than rural ones like Minster, saying that she sits on the West Ohio Advocacy Network which is made up of 45 school superintendents.

“We meet regularly with Sen. Matt Huffman and Rep. Susan Manchester and they hear our concerns. They know that the rules they make for the big schools, don’t apply to us and that they need to make sure our voice is heard as well,” said Boeke. “They’ve been very receptive to that. We’ve gotten quite a bit of legislation that started right here in this room [because] it’s where we meet. They try to listen and understand what’s going on that what’s happening in Minster, Ohio is not the same thing that’s happening in Columbus, Cleveland and Dayton.”

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