Parents Seeing Through Educrats’ Lies About Critical Race Theory Can ‘Fight the Power’ and Win
- Original Publication can be found here: https://nypost.com/2021/06/15/parents-seeing-through-educrats-lies-about-critical-race-theory/
It’s hard to know what’s worse — brainwashing kids or lying about it.
Parents are worried that their kids are being indoctrinated with critical race theory — a highly ideological account of US history and society that frames the nation as irredeemably racist and white Americans as uniformly bigoted. But they can’t get straight answers. Local school officials lie to them, claiming children are merely being taught to be “critical thinkers.”
On Saturday, the truth came out. Teachers unions and activists held rallies in 22 cities to support critical race theory — and the organizers have unabashedly made it clear the goal is to recruit students to far-left causes.
The Zinn Education Project, which organized Saturday’s events, cranks out race-centric material for schools across the country. Lesson plans are free for schools to download. Parents wondering where the anti-American ideas their kids are getting come from can visit the Web site. Prepare to be shocked.
The project was founded by the late Howard Zinn, a Marxist historian who famously said that teaching social studies wasn’t about dates and events and forming well-informed citizens: The goal, he insisted, was to impel students to want to change the world, overthrowing the status quo.
A Zinn lesson called “Students Design a Reparations Bill” asks students to improve on the “flimsy” reparations bills floating in Congress. Critical thinking isn’t encouraged. This isn’t a debate about whether there should be reparations. It’s one-sided indoctrination. “As racial justice activists, students are all on the ‘same side’ in this role play,” says the Zinn site.
Other hard-left groups supplying social-studies materials for schools include the Southern Poverty Law Center and Black Lives Matter at School. SPLC instructs educators to stand their ground against parents and “resist efforts to maintain the status quo.” No wonder parents get the runaround.
The pushback is gathering momentum, even so, and it isn’t just white families protesting. Keisha King, a black mother from Duval County, Florida, warned her state’s board of education that telling a minority child that he’s the victim of oppression is “the essence of holding a child back.”
Michael Rivera, a Hispanic Virginian, explains that he married a wonderful woman who happens to be white. “My son is white.” He objects that “according to critical race theory, my son should have white guilt and white privilege.”
In Guilford, Conn., some 500 parents are petitioning for a curriculum that allows students to learn “without the titles of racist and victim.” Yet Guilford’s superintendent insists schools aren’t teaching critical race theory. Does he think parents are lying about the homework in their kids’ backpacks?
In Greenwich, Conn., parents lined up at the microphone at a school-board meeting to quote materials their children had brought home, including a “white-bias” survey for seventh-graders. The board members and local superintendent sat silently, tolerating parents but showing no interest in engaging. Last week, the superintendent sent a response to parents saying Greenwich wants students to be “critical thinkers” but deftly denying that critical race theory is part of the curriculum
That may be technically true. Critical race theory originated in the academic ivory tower. But what’s being taught in schools across the country is a simplified version of the same nonsense.
Since school administrators will lie or obfuscate to push critical race theory, parents have one choice: They have to run candidates to replace school boards. School-board elections are usually quiet because unions and other insiders like it that way. Now is the time for parents to grab control.
Twenty states with GOP legislative majorities are trying to ban critical race theory. They aren’t calling for whitewashing American history, contra the lies of activists and their big-media allies. All the lawmakers want are diverse viewpoints — real critical thinking. And they would prohibit shaming students for their “privilege.”
Even so, state bans are not ideal because it’s hard to know what’s going on in each school. That’s what local school boards are for.
Even in blue states like New York and Connecticut, Republican candidates who challenge local school boards will make inroads and gain converts. This is a winning issue for the right: Parents — Democrats and Republicans, black and white — want their children educated, not indoctrinated.