About Critical Race Theory
"Why is everyone talking about Critical Race Theory?"
"I've never heard my kid's school or teachers mention 'CRT'. I don't think it's happening."
"I heard it's just an academic theory taught in law schools."
"Isn't it just a way to bring much-needed attention to issues of race?"
"People opposed to CRT don't care about racism."
"You can't be a liberal and be anti-CRT."
"Aren't people who oppose CRT just against an accurate teaching of our history?"
If any of this sounds familiar, you're not alone. CRT can feel like a murky topic — even an intimidating one. It's time to dispel the myths and confusion around CRT as it pertains to public K12 education. What's really needed is truth and clarity.
Truth: People are talking about CRT because it's being promoted more and more in American classrooms, though rarely in a transparent, straightforward way. While many teachers, including those in Wayzata School District, don't buy into CRT or promote it in their classrooms, parents are seeing firsthand that a some do.
Truth: CRT is an umbrella term under which numerous philosophies, teaching practices and ideologies are gathered. Just because you're not hearing the words "critical race theory" or the acronym "CRT" from teachers and administrators doesn't mean your child isn't being subjected to it in the way curriculum is delivered and class time is used.
Truth: CRT started as an academic theory, but its tenets have infiltrated colleges of education, teachers unions and classrooms. Without pushback, that will continue, and it will harm the very people it claims to help.
Truth: We absolutely need to talk about race and take a hard look at how certain races have suffered atrocities and discrimination in our country. Racism exists. But CRT doesn't allow for productive conversations. Without allowing debate or dissent, CRT skews conversations by asserting that certain groups of Americans are automatically oppressed and victimized, while other groups automatically are oppressors and victimizers — and that includes our children.
Truth: The race essentialism at the core of CRT intentionally encourages racial division and tension. Applied in school settings, CRT often aims to make race the most important defining characteristic of students, depriving them of their individuality and common humanity simultaneously.
Truth: CRT is actually illiberal. "Education, at least in a liberal, pluralistic democracy, requires teaching a diversity of perspectives, positions, interpretations, and ideologies, providing the opportunity to see through many different lenses. Through a CRT lens, however, competing theories can only appear to be evidence of racism and oppression." —Pamela B. Paresky, PhD., Psychology Today
Truth: An unvarnished, comprehensive study of U.S. history is essential. The problem with CRT-based history curricula, like The 1619 Project (whose founder has acknowledged that it isn't a work of history but of "memory"), focus on the darkest parts of American history without giving due consideration to the many inspiring parts, including countless heroic acts of people from every heritage and race. "I suggest we take a different approach than the critical race theory approach of the 1619 Project," argues Charles Love, founder of Seeking Educational Excellence. "Instead, let's take the one my teachers took when I was a child. We learned an accurate account of American history, without negative inferences or making slavery the primary focus of our education. If schools adopt critical race theory, they will sadly rob students of the opportunity to receive an education that prepares them for the future and makes them proud to be an American."
HERE SOME RESOURCES THAT WILL HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT CRITICAL RACE THEORY...
Minnesota mom says CRT teaches her kids they'll 'never be able to make it.'
"I don't think you think [my kids] are equal. And it's appalling to me."
Eight Big Reasons CRT is Terrible for Dealing with Racism
"Critical Race Theory believes racism is present in every aspect of life, every relationship, and every interaction."
O.C. Ed Board forum panelists warn of dangers they see in teaching critical race theory in schools
"I do not want my [biracial] children to hate either side of their heritage. Sacramento officials have taken it upon themselves to indoctrinate our children to areas that are sensitive and require deep thought and care."
An article in the L.A. Times
Photo credit: Don Leach, Daily Pilot staff photographer
Critical Race Theory Distracts from Widespread Academic Underachievement
"Contrary to CRT ideology, several factors far outpace race in determining educational success. These include family stability, parental involvement, a school and home culture that supports effective study habits and elementary school curricula that priorize broadening students' knowledge base."