In support of DEI and Jessica Tyndall

March 24, 2023

I was disappointed to read the recent criticism of Jessica Tyndall for reciting the “woke” pledge of allegiance in announcing her re-election bid for the Cape Henlopen school board seat. However, I would like to respond to the criticisms and explain why DEI is essential in creating a better education system for all.

Firstly, it is true that Delaware’s eighth-grade proficiency levels are abysmal, but that is precisely why DEI is so important. DEI is not about lowering academic standards or canceling honors classes, as the criticisms suggest. Instead, it is about creating an inclusive environment that recognizes the different experiences and needs of all students, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. By doing so, we can address the systemic inequalities that exist within our education system and create a more level playing field for all.

Secondly, the criticisms suggest that DEI is divisive and harms minority students. However, the reality is that minority students are often the ones who benefit the most from DEI initiatives. These initiatives can provide them with the resources and support they need to succeed in a system that has historically disadvantaged them. By creating a more inclusive and equitable education system, we can help all students achieve their full potential.

Finally, the criticisms suggest that DEI is a social program that distracts from academic achievement. However, this is a false dichotomy. DEI is not a distraction from academic achievement; it is a fundamental part of it. By creating an inclusive and supportive environment, we can help students feel safe and motivated to learn, which in turn can lead to improved academic outcomes.

In conclusion, I believe that Jessica Tyndall should be commended for her commitment to DEI and creating a more inclusive education system. We need school board members who understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, and are committed to creating a better education system for all students. Therefore, I encourage the voters of Cape Henlopen to support Jessica Tyndall in the upcoming school board election.

Christian Mullins
Lewes and Washington, D.C.
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