This week brought another insight into how the Biden Administration sees the teaching of a radical new view of America under which activists are rewriting school textbooks, mobs are eroding freedom of speech, and the virtues of hard work and commitment we hold dear are being eviscerated. That philosophy is known as Critical Race Theory, and its toxic precepts are being rapidly adopted by corporations, colleges, and even K-12 schools.
On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked for President Joe Biden’s perspective on American colleges teaching these radical ideas—including that the United States is systemically racist. Psaki’s answer revealed precisely where the president stands on this perverted view of our nation. “I don’t think we would think we believe that educating the youth, next leaders of the future, leaders of the country, on systemic racism is indoctrination. That’s actually responsible,” she said.
Parents, though, would beg to disagree. This week in Loudoun County, Va., moms and dads raised their voices at a school board meeting objecting to the teaching of Critical Race Theory in their schools.
“Critical race theory is not an honest dialogue, it is a tactic that was used by Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan on slavery very many years ago to dumb down my ancestors so we could not think for ourselves,” Shawntel Cooper said at the Loudoun County School Board meeting Tuesday. “Critical race theory is racist, it is abusive, it discriminates against one’s color. … You can not tell me what is or is not racist.”
Unfortunately, the Biden Administration is furthering efforts to insert Critical Race Theory into school curriculum. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it plans to use taxpayer money for K-12 schools to advocate the idea that America is systemically racist, and anyone who thinks differently, children included, are part of the problem—whether students know it or not.
The Goldwater Institute is working to ensure that parents know exactly what is being taught in classrooms so that they can be fully informed in making the best educational choices for their children. We’re working with states to pass academic transparency legislation that would require schools to fully disclose, online, the content that’s actually going into children’s learning so parents can make informed enrollment decisions. You can learn more about Critical Race Theory here and academic transparency here.