Critical Race Theory (CRT)is an academic movement made up of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race, and to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice…critical theory [is] a social philosophy which argues that social problems are influenced and created more by societal structures and cultural assumptions than by individual and psychological factors.*
If you haven’t heard of this theory or are just now hearing about it you might be confused by why the US is just now seeing the push by educators to bring its concepts into classrooms as early as kindergarten. According to Wikipedia the basis for CRT has been around since the mid-1970s.
When I examined further the educators and activists behind CRT I noticed that the majority of them are people of color (POC) and have achieved noted positions among today’s elites. Their papers, books, college courses and advocacy about/for CRT have gained awards and honors in their respective fields. I dare say that these elites have no doubt benefited well financially because of their works. But will their work benefit POC over-all, specifically the lower middle class and poor POC? Also, what is the goal of teaching CRT to all children in K-12?
First I would like to point out that this “theory” is quite a bit different from the other theories that are traditionally taught in K-12 classrooms. For instance theories of relativity, plate tectonics, evolution, and heliocentrism can all be backed up by scientific research and evidentiary discovery. CRT on the other hand has no scientific research and evidentiary discovery behind it, instead the discovery is purely philosophical similar to a religious practice like Buddhism…beliefs and ideals describing behavior and thought. We do not allow religion to be taught in our public schools, why would we allow CRT to influence teaching as well? CRT is a disingenuous practice of brainwashing through story telling and sensationalism while manipulating data, leaving out competing narratives, and linking loosely related material. You can find an example of its use in the teaching of mathematics…https://journals.tell.org Unfortunately this example doesn’t have concrete methods for teaching math any differently than it is taught now, instead it pushes the idea/belief that mathematics must be “deconstructed” in order to discover how POC can benefit from a race affirming approach. Please tell me how this is a benefit to POC!! Math is math PERIOD. I am female and excelled in math all the way through my engineering mechanics courses. I did not need a predominantly male field of study to be “deconstructed” in order for me as a female to learn the tried and true methods of mathematics that are used in related career paths. BUT I did have to prove my value to employers who might have traditionally only employed men.
CRT’s goal is to produce a chaotic method of NOT EDUCATING EVERYONE. If you deconstruct education to put the focus on race for the purpose of feeling good about yourself instead of having the correct answer to a problem, then the educator is not helping to produce a properly educated workforce. The white and POC elite class in our society will always put their children in private school where CRT is not the basis of the curriculum. Lower middle class whites AND POC will have an education that will only allow them to have meager employment, hence the political push for “living wages” which will amount to enslavement and no chance for upward mobility.
Race is a red herring…Don’t buy it. Humans of all races equally deserve the freedoms that this country is built upon. Love your liberty and question authority when they do something fishy. You’ll know it when you smell it, like this CRT crap.