Are Teachers Really all in on Critical Race Theory?

How did we let this get this far?

NPR carried a story yesterday, “Teachers Say Laws Banning Critical Race Theory Are Putting A Chill On Their Lessons.” The framing: “critical race theory, an academic approach that examines how race and racism function in law and society.” So what if CRT is advanced by (some) academics?

Critical race theory judges individuals based on membership in abstract categories based on race. In other words, there are academics who teach their students to stereotype others. They are imparting an irrational preachment. How could that give public school teachers permission to teach children to stereotype and judge others based on race?

If you don’t know, critical race theory—and this is the core of its argument—teaches that western jurisprudence, our rational system of individual justice, with its emphases on equal treatment, presumption of innocence, reasonable standards of action and doubt, and burden of proof and adversarial adjudication of fact, etc., is a catalog of mechanisms designed to perpetuate the oppression of blacks and advance white privilege. They literally call this the “perpetrator’s perspective.”

They advocate instead for a system that presumes racial disparity is racism and that all whites are the perpetrators of racism. This is not a straw man. And this ideology should be taught to our children?

Ask yourself why teachers would complain about laws saving them from having to teach black children that they’re all victims—and depict white children as perpetrators? Why wouldn’t they have instead take a stand against racism and tell administrators they they’re not going to teach this ideology?

This is not about academic freedom. Teachers aren’t allowed to teach creationism in public schools. No teacher would be allowed to teach kids that white people are racially superior to black people. Critical race theory is in that family of crackpot ideas.

Our kids have already lost a year because of these ridiculous lockdowns. Don’t waste anymore of their time teaching them to thinking in racial terms.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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