Critical race theory has become a hot topic at school board meetings across the country – but similar race-based programs, including The New York Times’ Project 1619 and some fairness lessons, are also raising concerns. reviews, although they received a warmer reception. in classrooms.
Progressive supporters of the programs see them as a way to combat what they believe to be pervasive and systemic racism in the United States and its institutions.
But some civil rights activists and education officials oppose programs that teach the foundational promise of the United States, rather than victimization and “racial grievances.”
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1776 Unites of the nonprofit Woodson Center is one such group, and it sent an open letter to the National School Boards Association and school boards across the country urging them to abandon critical race theory and embrace l civic education and objective history.
Charles Love is a radio host, author and Deputy Executive Director of Seeking Educational Excellence, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping disadvantaged students succeed. He also signed the letter of 1776 Unites.
He told Fox News this week that schools need to take politics out of the classroom and teach students how to participate in their democracy.
“I often talk about the need to get away from politics – to keep civic education and politics different,” Love said. “The machine’s engine is different in that it has a sophisticated chassis. We all argue over what the exterior of the car should look like, not the functions of the car.”
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In other words, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are what makes the United States, not Democrats and Republicans or their positions on political issues.
“If you want to be a social justice warrior, that’s part of America’s freedom and that’s why it’s so great,” he said. “The problem is, we don’t teach them the basics, so they argue and fight over these things, but they don’t really understand the underlying basis of civics, what the country is. . “
And he lambasted teachers who promote socialism and Marxism at the expense of capitalism.
“Those who speak out against capitalism, if you look at what they say, you may agree with some of them – you may disagree with socialism or communism, but you can be okay with why they’re upset, ”he said. “But they’re wrong because no one has ever told them what capitalism is. They think a guy who cheats is capitalism.”
Crooks, crooks and monopolists are not capitalists, he said. They are cheaters.
And he suggested that people with a solid civic education would be more concerned about his “favorite bogeyman – the unelected bureaucrat.”
“The people who run all these divisions of government, they have full autonomy, and we don’t elect them,” he said.
Love has also targeted the controversial New York Times Project 1619 program, and he has a book on the subject called “Race Crazy: BLM, 1619 and the Progressive Racism Movement” due out in November.
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“Their dominant premise is that America’s DNA is racist,” Love said. “They take certain facts, which are handpicked. Either they lie by omission, they make glaring factual inaccuracies or, more often than not, they skew the numbers.”
Despite this, he questioned whether educational resources should be used on 1619 rather than STEM, civics and reading.
“Suppose they are right: slavery is bad, it has a long shadow, we are still feeling the effects today,” he said. “How do you teach more things without extending the school day, without learning to read all the way to class?” [level], to help someone ? The answer is no. “
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He said he was more concerned with Project 1619 than CRT, because although there is an ongoing national debate about the latter, Project 1619 has already been adopted in thousands of schools.
About two dozen states have banned CRT in schools, as have some school boards. Only some of these prohibitions also include Project 1619.
Critics in certain fields have also warned that elements of critical race theory, including claims of systemic racism or claims that whites are inherently “oppressors,” are more likely to be presented to students than. ‘a complete course devoted to philosophy.