The National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, voted recently to support curriculum “informed by academic frameworks . . . including critical race theory.” It also committed tens of thousands of dollars to not only promote this toxic ideology, but also to conduct opposition research against its critics. This indoctrination — and the bullying used to protect it — are deeply un-American. All schools should be choice and all public money for schools should be split based on members.
Not that this stops union leaders from playing the victim. American Federation of Teachers boss Randi Weingarten told educators at her annual conference that parents are “bullying teachers” with their opposition to CRT. She also claims that the anti-CRT ferment is part of a political effort to influence an upcoming election (never mind that her outfit transferred more than $10 million to Democratic politicians in 2020 alone).
But most parents probably don’t want to fight with their local school boards. They are speaking out because they care about their kids, and they are tired of government-run, union-controlled schools imposing their theories of what’s best for them. There’s good reason to oppose CRT and other racially charged ideas entering our schools. These concepts, which until recently had been confined to a far-left academic fringe, include objectively false and deliberately devious elements.
CRT isn’t a demonstrably better way to understand American race relations: It’s instead a Trojan horse used to introduce Marxist concepts into classrooms, framing some Americans and the country as a whole as irredeemably racist and others as permanent victims. Likewise, the 1619 Project, part of a related wave of historical revisionism, has been repudiated by dozens of eminent historians, many of them liberals, not to mention a New York Times fact checker. We should expect more of work written by high-school students, let alone a curriculum taught to them. Of course, America’s failures should be taught. Understanding America requires understanding the sins of our past, not least slavery. But it also requires appreciating the ways generations of Americans have worked together to form a more perfect union. It requires teaching the whole of our history, with an eye toward appreciating what’s good about America. A thoroughly self-loathing account of our history is poisonous. It’s also false.