Many parents across Alaska and the nation are expressing serious concern and even outrage over the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) in public school classrooms, only to be met with denials from school officials that it is even being taught at all.
But those denials were exposed as false last week, with the passage of a resolution by the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union. CRT is a divisive, racist ideology that identifies all persons as either oppressors or victims, solely based on the color of their skin. And with the passage of Resolution 39, the NEA, which represents more than 2 million teachers in 14,000 school districts nationally, voted to continue pushing expanded teaching of CRT in public elementary and secondary schools, and spending money to legally defend those who do from any challenge from parents or lawmakers.
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This push takes an extreme ideology and attempts to pass it as educational fact, which can be especially confusing for children who should be able to trust what their teachers tell them.
Not only did the NEA approve funding for the use of CRT in K-12 classrooms and promotion in local school districts, but also for attacking opponents of CRT – including parent organizations. This is an extreme measure to endorse such a divisive, Marxist ideology in our public schools.
Most importantly, when it comes to these important conversations about race, values, and ideology, parents – who know their children best – need to be the ones to decide when and how to have these conversations – not teachers.
For more information on critical race theory, check out our recently released resource here.
The views expressed here are those of the author.