FLINTON — A heated exchange between two members of the Glendale school board became a tense back-and-forth exchange for a short time at the recent board meeting.
Director George Korlinchak questioned a bill on the list being approved by the board. He inquired about the purpose of the SEL – Social and Emotional Learning – training recently conducted at the school by representatives of Intermediate Central Unit No. 10 West Decatur.
“I thought (the board) was going to review and approve all formations,” Korlinchak said.
Korlinchak then asked if the training had anything to do with critical race theory. According to Education Week, CRT is an academic concept that race is a social construct and that racism is not just the product of individual prejudice or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.
Board chairman Dr Andy Mulhollen asked Korlinchak why he would immediately come to that conclusion, asking if he had spoken to any of the administration or teachers about what was being taught, or s he had seen a summary of what had been taught during the training.
“I don’t know why you would think that when you have nothing to do with what was taught (in training),” Mulhollen said.
Korlinchak told Mulhollen that he did not discuss the training with anyone and did not see any summary of the instructions given during the training.
High school principal Brian Stacey told the board that the training was taken by instructors at a recent development day. He said SEL training will be used by instructors to help students thrive in the classroom, both personally and academically.