These new requirements will apply to K-12 public and charter school teachers alike, inevitably impacting children statewide.
What are the details?
The PELSB is responsible for approving and overseeing teacher preparation providers in the state. The PELSB's training standards for both public and charter school teachers are defined in the "Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers."
Julie Quist, board chair of the Minnesota Child Protection League, noted that these standards have been transmogrified in recent months. Quist stated, "Because these revisions affect all licensed teachers in Minnesota, nonpublic schools and institutions of higher education that prepare students for licensure will be subject to these new radical teaching standards, contrary to the beliefs and values of many teachers and schools."
To receive or renew a teaching license, applicants will be required to undergo PELSB-approved "cultural competency training." This way, the board can ensure that all teachers in the state embrace the same leftist mode of thinking and being.
The training program offered by PELSB-approved providers "promotes self-reflection and discussion including but not limited to all of the following topics: racial, cultural, and socioeconomic groups; ... systemic racism; gender identity, including transgender students; sexual orientation; language diversity; and individuals with disabilities and mental health concerns."
The stated objective behind these programs is to "deepen teachers' understandings of their own frames of reference, the potential bias in these frames, and their impact on expectations for and relationships with students, students' families, and the school communities."
While characterized as a deepening of understanding, the program effectively prescribes a politically specific approach to race, sex, gender, power, and the West, with the intended outcome of rendering educators activists.
The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism stated prior to implementation of the new standards, "The proper focus for the Standards of Effective Practice is to identify what competencies best meet the priority of student learning, not affirmation of student identity or the furthering of activism."
Standardization by a lower standard
According to the PELSB, as of 2025, teaching licenses will be contingent upon an individual's willingness to:
- affirm students' "gender" and sexual identities;
- create opportunities "for students to learn about power, privilege, intersectionality, and systemic oppression in the context of various communities and empower learners to be agents of social change to promote equity";
- feature, use, and highlight "resources written and developed by traditionally marginalized voices that offer diverse perspectives on race, culture, language, gender, sexual identity, ability, religion, nationality, migrant/refugee status, socioeconomic status, housing status, and other identities traditionally silence or omitted from curriculum";
- "assess how their biases, perceptions, and academic training may affect their teaching practice and perpetuate oppressive systems and utiliz[e] tools to mitigate their own behavior to disrupt oppressive systems";
- "explore their own intersecting social identities";
- understand "how ethnocentrism, eurocentrism, deficit-based teaching, and white supremacy undermine pedagogical equity";
- understand "the impact of the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference" including gender; and
- conform ideologically in a variety of other ways.
A Teacher's Response to the Proposed MN Teaching Licensing Standards Revisions (PELSB)youtu.be
For instance, the suggestion that "knowledge creation, ways of knowing, and teaching are social and cultural practices shaped by race and ethnicity," implies not only that some groups may be incapable of the comprehension enjoyed by others, but that knowledge is manufactured, not attained.
Par for the course
The PELSB's assurance that teachers will champion diversity, equity, and inclusion along with LGBT activism is apparently insufficient for some state Democrats.
State Rep. Sydney Jordan (D) wants children to be provided with more information about "diverse sexual orientations and gender identities." Jordan announced on Jan. 6 that she was pushing a bill "to include comprehensive sex education in Minnesota schools."
She claimed that "students are demanding access to information about their bodies, consent, and contraception and it's time the #mnleg listens."
Alpha News reported that Jordan previously pushed a bill that would advance transsexual activism in grade schools. "One of the most important parts of comprehensive sex education is knowing about gender identity. … I was never taught that there was anything other than a heteronormative view of relationships," said Jordan in 2021.
While managing to cram more critical race theory and LGBT activism into Minnesota schools, the state's education department is also taking out more American history and Western culture.
The Federalist reported that in 2013, the department removed presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln from the social studies standards, along with Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.
Students will similarly no longer learn about the Magna Carta or universal principles of ordered liberty. If Minnesota educators get their way, students will instead navigate childhood with the understanding that they belong either to a victim or an oppressor class in a country that is systemically racist, requiring disruption.