A former teacher recently told NPR that parents are spreading “disinformation and hysteria around critical race theory.”
“Teachers can barely afford the resources for their own courses [so] The funny thing is they will pay [to teach] University courses,” he said.
Of course, colleges are where activists claim to discover critical race theory, not in K-12 classrooms.
It would be laughable without evidence that state officials actually require teachers to teach critical race theory, which actually promotes discrimination and sees everything through the color of the skin.
Earlier this year, the Minnesota Board of Teachers Licensing set the state’s standards for teacher certification, proposing changes to standards for K-12 teachers to include “intersection” training, one of the central ideas of critical race theory.
According to the concept of intersectionality developed by critical race theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw, individuals should be divided into groups. Women and minorities, in particular, have overlapping identities based on race, class, and ambiguous “gender” choices. Then, for example, the act of being sexist or even seen as sexist is racist and elitist.
This categorization contributes to “the assertion of multiple identities and the continuing necessity of group politics,” Crenshaw wrote in an essay in his 1995 book “Critical Race Theory: Key Works That Shaped Movements.” Articulating the political goal theory of critiquing race is to force tensions between and among identity groups.
What theorists are unlikely to admit is that intersectionality creates a culture in which people are always looking for new ways to describe how they are offended. Every action creates a victim — or as an article on critical race theory puts it: “The question is not: Is this action racist? The question is: How much racism is at play?”
The Minnesota Licensing Board recently held a hearing on the proposed changes, in which it said teachers should “cultivate” students’ identities, including race, class and so-called sexual orientation and gender identity. This leaves parents wondering if the child is also taught that his or her character and behavior also matter, or just skin color and gender.
These identity groupings may also affect scoring. Teachers should “[take] Under the changes proposed by the Licensing Board, take into account the impact of…
Minnesota’s proposal is similar to Illinois’ new standard, with the state licensing board adding the idea of a key race theory in 2021. In fact, as the American Center for Experimentation reports, the Minnesota State Commission cited the accreditation requirements of the Illinois, Minnesota-based research facility in its filing.
The Illinois standard made headlines last year for things like “there is usually no ‘right’ way of doing or understanding something, and what is seen as ‘right’ is usually based on our lived experience” — a standard that makes Geometry is difficult to explain to students.
The Illinois standard also includes intersectionality and “decolonization,” another idea used by critical race theorists. With decolonization, teachers should replace books by white authors with books on “police brutality,” such as the modern classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Minnesota officials should be ready for parents to speak out.
A survey of Illinois by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and an organization called 1892 found that 84 percent of respondents said they agreed with the statement: “All should be treated equally on the basis of merit.”
Only 23 percent of respondents said that “teachers should employ progressive perspectives and perspectives when teaching American history to encourage students to advocate for social justice causes.”
“Teachers should and do celebrate our state’s increasingly diverse student body, but these proposed changes would require teachers to view students as group identities and group cultures, undermining their identities as unique individuals,” Catrin Wigfall wrote for the Center for American Experimentation road.
Minnesota officials should consider how unpopular the prejudice and prejudice of racial theory is in Illinois and other states where surveys have found Americans reject it. They should then refocus teaching standards on student achievement and the pursuit of truth, rather than identity politics.
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