The nation’s focus on race as a systemic threat has now spread to most of the nation’s thousands of public schools. So too, has a concern about the idea that schools are promoting Critical Race Theory (“CRT”), a decades-old academic framework that examines how policies and the law perpetuate systemic racism. It holds in part that racism is woven into the fabric of the nation’s history and life – a product of the system and not limited to individual bad actors. It has advanced in degree to be an important outreach of the Democratic Party, the education lobby and the teacher’s unions.
It has become accepted as a single all-in-understanding of what primary and secondary education must include by having teachers speak, show, and tell in the classroom. If there is too much teaching about CRT in the classroom, there is then going to be too little teaching about what most adults believe public school education’s primary mission includes. Make CRT an after-school sport if you like, but educate students in the classroom with learning that is worth its price. It seems the curricula of CRT is a “stealth operation.” CRT is monitored by school administrators, but the students are not tested for their understanding. There are no statistics that might shine more light on the subject, and clearly that approach has put off parents who find out what the teachers are teaching behind their backs.
CRT likes to teach, for example in history classes, that the European Conquistadors came to the Western Hemisphere to plunder and oppress. That may be so, but they have been established as predecessors of systemic racism. That assumption is imparted to all the colonists who came to North America and to the United States in particular as “oppressors” as well. That is insane reasoning; the progressives that think like that get a grade of zero. CRT wholly ignores what oral history of generations of American citizens informs was the reason their forbearers crossed thousands of miles of ocean at heavy cost to themselves in order to become Americans. CRT is not what education is for. It would not get you a job or lead to a satisfying life. Below is an inspirational exchange between a teacher and student. A teacher shows a student a photo of two women, one of whom appears White and one of whom appears Black. The photo is placed next to a question asking, “What is race?”
“It’s just two women chilling,” the student says.
“Just two people,” the teacher repeats. “There’s nothing more to this picture?”
The student persists in giving the same answer, and the teacher grows increasingly frustrated. The clip ends when student asks whether he is supposed to talk about the women’s races.
“At the end of the day, wouldn’t that just be feeding into the problem of looking at race instead of just acknowledging them as two normal people?” the student asks.
The teacher replies:
“You can’t look at the people and not acknowledge that there are racial differences?”
The above exchange occurred in a Loudon County (Virginia) public school and the video was from a class that teaches students to “explore literature through applying a variety of literary theories. (It was also published on You-Tube.)
God be praised that the student was capable of ignoring CRT, and had good sense to understand what critical thinking is to the attainment of an education. The student thought critically, the teacher, not so much. There would be less racism if the Democratic Party would just stop coercing the public. If there is to be constant Democratic harangue on the stupidities of their approach to government, then the U.S. is going to continue to be less and less the country the founders initiated, and that the Civil War paid for with blood. Today the country is being taught to believe falsehoods, and if their numbers of believers increase it will become of immense importance to the peace of the country. Abraham Lincoln spoke to this as “a nation divided against itself.”
Publiustoo.com May 4, 2021