Embracing critical theory, teachers’ union says it controls what children learn
The political left wants a critical theory of race in every school district across the country.
The nation’s largest teachers’ union has approved a plan to promote critical race theory in all 50 states and 14,000 local school districts.
Over the weekend, the National Education Association (NEA) held its annual meeting of representatives, with delegates from across the United States voting on priorities and allocating funds for the upcoming school year, with the ideology of the critical theory of race – a form of Marxism – takes center stage.
The union, which represents 3 million public school employees, approved funding for three distinct elements related to this issue: “increasing the implementation” of “critical race theory” in kindergarten through kindergarten programs. in Grade 12, promote critical race theory in local school districts and attack opponents of critical race theory, including parent organizations and conservative research centers.
This is a significant reversal. Over the past month, liberal pundits and activists have insisted that critical race theory is not taught in K-12 schools. It’s always been a bad faith claim – Critical Race Theory has made inroads into public schools for over a decade – but official NEA approval is the last nail in the coffin.
In the resolution, the union agreed to “publicly express support” for critical race theory, oppose restrictions in state legislatures and use schools for political activism. Delegates pledged to “join Black Lives Matter at school and the Zinn Education Project” in organizing a “national day of action” on George Floyd’s birthday, recruiting teachers to organize events. political protests and “teaching lessons about structural racism and oppression”.
The resolution also promised to develop a study to criticize “empire, white supremacy, anti-blackness, anti-indigenousness, racism, patriarchy, cicheteropatriarity, capitalism, ableism, [and] anthropocentrism ”, that is, adopting the most fashionable and intellectually bankrupt ideas of universities and introducing them into the classrooms of primary schools.
Finally, the NEA passed a resolution to “seek out organizations” that oppose critical race theory – including grassroots parent organizations – and provide its agents with the resources to attack them. It’s dystopian: the national teachers‘ union will use union dues, from taxpayers, to attack parents in public schools who oppose the racial indoctrination of their children.
The NEA’s militant stance on Critical Race Theory provides much needed clarification on the issue. Progressives such as MSNBC host Joy Reid can no longer falsely claim that critical race theory is only taught in law schools or that it is just a “lens.” to examine American history. The teachers’ union nationalized critical race theory and engaged across the gamut of left-wing radicalism, including opposition to “capitalism” and “anthropocentrism”.
Moving forward, the question is now clear: who decides what happens in public schools? Parents, Voters, and State Legislatures? Or the national teachers’ union and its allies in the public school bureaucracy?
Fortunately, the American public is not ready to cede its authority to leftist ideologues posing as educators. According to a recent YouGov poll, 58% of Americans oppose critical race theory, including 72% of independents who think teaching it in schools is “bad for America.”
The uprising that has started in local school boards may soon turn into a national movement, with implications for the midterm elections and beyond.
There is nothing more important than what happens to our children – and, as parents quickly realize, critical race theory is ideological poison.
Christopher F. Rufo is Principal Investigator at the Manhattan Institute.