Mandating a curriculum that teaches critical race theory in public schools is on the rise across our country’s education system. Before that, transgender curriculum, even for kindergartners, has been floated in schools across the United States. For decades, teachers unions and public school administrations have adopted curricula for their states that are anathema to parents’ wishes and students’ best interests.
Teaching critical race theory as a curriculum in schools where upward of 90% of children receive their education is particularly egregious. The thesis is that children have been previously taught a version of our nation’s history that is too whitewashed and generous and purposely overlooks flaws such as racism and slavery. Christopher Rufo, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow, has been fighting against using this curriculum in schools. His definition is profound and discouraging: “Critical race theory is an academic discipline that holds that the United States is a nation founded on white supremacy and oppression, and that these forces are still at the root of our society. Critical race theorists believe that American institutions, such as the Constitution and legal system, preach freedom and equality, but are mere ‘camouflages’ for naked racial domination.”