No, teaching critical race theory, or CRT, may actually help us better understand what the theory is and why it’s problematic. What we should really be worried about is CRT indoctrination and praxis--or practice, as distinguished from theory.
I’ve seen the left and many journalists attempt to paint up CRT as teaching honest history of racism in schools. That is an intentional mischaracterization. Despite all the blown smoke, it is completely possible to teach about racism and systemic oppression without teaching CRT.
On the other hand, I’ve seen conservatives misfire on their concerns of the CRT issue. They want to ban teaching on CRT--something that is not a part of the secondary education curriculum and has never been proposed to be.
What they should be concerned with is students being inundated with critical theory through lesson plans, word questions, discussion questions and teacher advocacy. The threat is that our schools be shaped by CRT principals and precepts--no explicit teaching of the theory required.
State school board member Belinda McRae, a longtime educator from Hamilton, says it right: classrooms should not become a place for political brainwashing. That is exactly what would happen should schools begin to promulgate Critical Race Theory in the classroom.
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