For you teachers who need to know this, last month, the State Board of Education passed a resolution which states, among 13 items in the resolution, that they believe:
The USA is not a racist country, and the State of Georgia is not a racist state.
It prohibits teachers from teaching (the debunked theory) that the advent of slavery constituted the true founding of the U.S. (in 1619), and it guides teachers to teach that slavery and racism are “deviations from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to, the authentic founding principles of the United States, which include liberty and equality.”
Further, the resolution implores teachers who choose to discuss current events or widely debated, and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs shall, to the best of their ability, strive to explore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives. Nothing in the resolution muzzles teachers from discussing “controversial issues of public policy or social affairs,” but it does prohibit them from being compelled to do so.
So, what is wrong with all that, you might ask yourself.
Well, in his letter to the editor two weeks ago, Chris Benton bemoaned this resolution as a “campaign to create panic,” as it prohibits educators K-12 from teaching history from the perspective of critical race theory, in the classroom. Mr. Benton further characterized the prohibitions in the resolution as having “real and dangerous implications,” “damaging and backwards,” and “splintering our communities.” I would say that the State Board of Education got it right in prohibiting CRT in the classroom. Here is why:
To illustrate how radical the CRT concept is, the fundamental premise of CRT is that “race is not a biological feature of humans, but is culturally/socially constructed.” No, I am not kidding. This is just one of the many principles upon which CRT is based, that defies logic, and is just plain stupid.
Liberals would have you believe that CRT is nothing more than a realistic history of the struggles of people of color to acquire a position of equality. The reality is, CRT is founded in the premise that white supremacy is the foundation of existing racist laws, systems, and practices that are designed to oppress people of color.
The fact is, CRT is a vague and complex topic that was never designed to be taught at the elementary and high school level. CRT originated as a legal construct in the 1970s and was taught at the collegiate level in the 1990s within the curriculum of many law schools and other programs in order to offer an ethical perspective on the legal system through the lens of race. Ok, at the college level, perhaps.
One of the many problems with bringing CRT history into the elementary and high school level is that educators are not qualified to properly teach this (theory) to students, nor can their teaching practices be properly monitored. Students at the elementary and high school level are not yet capable of discerning, interpreting, and contextualizing the sociological, legal, and economic complexities of this topic, as Mr. Benton would suggest, with their limited life experience and intellectual immaturity.
The fact that the National Educators Association and the American Federation of Teachers have both announced their decision last week to promote or defend teaching CRT history in the classroom, in defiance of local or state prohibitions, should tell you all you need to know about CRT. It is a political power move based on the same divisive activist agenda to create racial discord that we see playing out across the country at the corporate, entertainment, and political level. Its effect is to contribute to the destruction of our nation’s economic, political, and legal institutions which CRT blames as racist.
So, my big question here is: Whatever happened to the Rev. MLK’s dream to judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin? I guess the CRT activists forgot that part, but the State Board of Education did not.