Oklahoma Department of Education Touts CRT

The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s website includes or directs teachers to materials that tout themes common to Critical Race Theory (CRT), a Marxist-derived theory that views issues through a lens of racial privilege and often divides groups along racial lines as either privileged or oppressed.

While those materials are not explicitly labeled as CRT, they do contain standard CRT jargon and embrace many CRT concepts.

Among those documents is a letter sent to school leaders by State Superintendent for Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister in 2020. In that letter, Hofmeister declared that “racism is so deeply entrenched and pervasive in nearly every corner of society” and that the “need for systemic change has long been at the fore of public school concerns.”

She urged Oklahoma school officials to “challenge our own biases and open ourselves up to an education of our own,” and said the Oklahoma State Department of Education has “worked to unmask and remedy a cultural bias that holds back students and widens opportunity gaps.”

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