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In Loudoun County, Virginia, a group of parents, led by a former Trump appointed man, recalls members of the school board after the school district seeks compulsory teacher training on “systemic oppression and implicit prejudice.” We are promoting. In Washington, 39 Republican senators called history education focused on systematic racism a form of “activist indoctrination.” And nationwide, Republican-led legislatures have recently passed legislation that bans or limits schools from teaching that racism is being injected into American institutions. After the Republican Governor of Oklahoma signed the state edition in early May, he was expelled from the 100th Anniversary Commission on the 1921 Racial Massacre in Tulsa. The committee will be visited by President Joe Biden on Tuesday to commemorate one of the worst episodes of racial violence in US history. From the school board signing up for the morning newsletter from the New York Times to the parliamentary hall, Republicans faced opposition from Democrats and educators in a politically awkward clash, American historic and contemporary. We are launching an energetic campaign aimed at demonstrating how racism is taught, which has a profound effect on how children learn about their country. Republicans have focused their attacks on the influence of “critical racial theory,” a graduate framework that pervades public education from kindergarten to high school. The concept is that historical patterns of racism are rooted in law and other modern institutions, and slavery, racism, and Jim Crow’s legacy are still uneven competition between blacks and other colored races. Claims to create a place for. Many conservatives portray critical racial theory and the invocation of systematic racism as gauntlets thrown out to accuse white Americans of being personally racist. .. Republicans have accused the Left of trying to indoctrinate children with the belief that the United States is inherently evil. Democrats are at odds. The claim that the United States is racist, the view accepted by the party’s progressive wing element, contradicts the views of the majority of voters and is a matter of using it as a political club for the Republicans. Some people are concerned that they are passing. However, much of the party’s foundation, including many voters, supports more debate in schools about the extent of racism, and such conversations are educational and distinct from partisan politics. I believe it is a duty. Proudence L. Carter, Dean of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, said: Attempts to curb early moves to more clearly teach young Americans about racist public policy, such as the Redlining and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, are equivalent to “gaslights of history.” To do. .. The debate over the actual or perceived impact of critical racial theory, not only in schools, but also in corporate, government and media settings, raises the issue of identity, which is increasingly politically central to both parties. It happens as you raise it. And it accelerated during Donald Trump’s presidency, with discussions about racism in the country supercharged by his racist comments and a wave of protests against the killing of black police last year. Part of the discussion was facilitated by the 1619 project developed by The New York Times Magazine. The project claims that the “national origin” dates back to the time when the first ship carrying the enslaved people touched the coast of Virginia that year. “From slavery, and from the anti-black species discrimination it required, almost everything that made America really special has grown,” the magazine editor wrote. Educators have adopted the curriculum created with the project to accommodate changing countries where the majority of public school students are not currently white, but their educational ability remains almost 80% white. Republican opposition is fierce. Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky recently said he did not agree that 1619 was important in US history. He and other Republican senators are urging the Biden administration to stop efforts by the Ministry of Education to prioritize history courses that emphasize “systematic marginalization” of people. In Ohio, last week, Republicans at the General Assembly said that individuals are “essentially racists,” individuals are “responsible for actions taken by the same race or gender in the past,” or slaves. The system is what constitutes the “true creation” of the United States. “Critical racial theory is a dangerous and completely wrong theory,” said Don Jones, the main sponsor of the bill, in a statement. “Students should not be asked to” examine their whiteness “or” confirm their privileges. ” Jones could not cite an example of such teaching currently being practiced in Ohio. He said his bill was a response to voters’ concerns. Parents appear in front of boards of education in Ohio and elsewhere, oppose critical racial theory and call it “Marxists,” but many school administrators say they are the subject. I strongly deny that I am teaching or being influenced by it. They say that much of the conservative opposition is just a more frequent and candid debate on subjects like slavery. Parents also oppose the loosely associated tendency of unbiased training for students and staff, which has led to national turmoil. Interracial students in Las Vegas allegedly asked students to list different races and gender identities and to take sociology courses that designated institutions such as families and religions as oppressive. I sued the charter school. Ohio Senate Republican candidate Jane Timken said she heard a parent object during a state listening tour that a sophomore was forced to paint herself as a different race. The Republican attack on critical racial theory is not a campaign against Biden’s economic agenda (proven to be popular with voters) as the country emerges, but culture in the 2022 midterm elections. Synchronized with the party’s broad strategy of carrying out war issues. From the coronavirus pandemic. The law exposes children to the concept of racism and racism, as 3 million public school teachers across the country have considerable autonomy over what happens in the classroom. If it is likely to be ineffective in controlling the school, join the American Enterprise Institute in the center right of the think tank. Still, he said, the controversy over critical racial theory serves to warn educators to carefully step on divided subjects. “People have a strong feeling about how race should be central to a child’s educational experience,” he said. Few kindergarten-to-high school educators use the term “critical race theory,” but in recent years, systematic racism has become commonplace in American schools, especially in liberal areas. I will. State social studies standards and textbooks have been updated to highlight topics such as redlining and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Historically, curriculum changes have often caused a backlash, said Albert S. Brussard, a historian at the University of Texas A & M and author of American history textbooks for middle and high schools. “It’s what I saw throughout the history of African-Americans as a historian when whites, especially conservatives, felt out of control,” he said. Racial debates, even conservatives and some liberals, have overwhelmed traditional curriculum, encouraging students and teachers to see themselves as members of identity groups rather than as individuals. Stated. In North Carolina, a Republican who oversees the House of Representatives passed a bill in May, teaching the country “created by members of one race or gender and oppressing members of another race or gender.” Was restricted. The bill was in response to new social studies standards adopted by the State Board of Education, including the theme of institutional racism. But Democratic Congressman James D. Guyriad, who opposed the bill, said the law “wants to deprive the historically overlooked Americans of their right to speak.” Last year, Guyriad, chief pastor of the Ward Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, withdrew a predominantly black congregation from the Southern Baptist Convention over statements by sectarian leaders condemning critical racial theory. It was. To recognize the ongoing institutional racism in the United States, he said, it is necessary to see how difficult it is for black homebuyers to get a mortgage than whites by equivalent means. It was. “The point of institutional racism is that when it is incorporated into our power structure, it works on its own,” he said. “You don’t have to wear a KKK cloak.” Still, he admitted that Republicans “have figured out how to convey this.” The message returns to playing cards. Trump announced the establishment of the 1776 Commission in the last few weeks of the 2020 campaign. Trump was explicitly established to link what he called “left-wing indoctrination” at school to violent protests against police. Killing. The Commission’s report was ridiculed by mainstream historians. Biden canceled the project on his first day in office, but the impact is on the right. The liberal group Media Matters for America recorded a surge in negative coverage of critical racial theory by Fox News, which began in mid-2020 and soared in April, with 235 references. And last year, the Pew Research Center discovered that Americans are deeply divided about their perception of racism. More than 60% of conservatives said it was a bigger problem to see discrimination where it didn’t exist, rather than ignoring it. Only 9% of liberals agreed. Some Democratic strategists said the issue was the political responsibility of their party. Louis Teisheira, a senior researcher at the Left-wing American Center for Progress, recently added “a steady march of” anti-racist “ideologies” to the school curriculum “to create a backlash among normative parents.” wrote. In an interview, he criticized key Democrats for not calling critical racial theory because of fear that they would “calm down the anger of the party’s waker element.” In Loudoun County, Virginia, dueling parent groups are fighting. One is called “anti-racist” and the other opposes what is considered a critical racial theory creep in a school district that enrolls 81,000 students from a rapidly diversifying school district. I will. Areas other than Washington. After a 2019 report found a racial achievement gap, imposing disproportionate discipline on black and Hispanic students, and the common use of racial slurs in schools, managers said, “Systematic. We have adopted a plan to combat racial discrimination. It requires mandatory teacher training in “systemic oppression and implicit prejudice.” But what the school district called “fair work” was that some parents recognized that critical racial theory had advanced into the classroom. In April, the parent group launched a petition to bring back six of the nine school board members. The effort is led by Ian Pryor, a former political appointee of the Trump administration. Ian Pryor created a political action committee that said he had raised about $ 50,000 with a small donation. In May, we collected signatures at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. “What we see is not focusing on individuals, who they are, and their unique experiences, but putting identity groups and everyone in the identity box,” Prior said. Mr. says. District Interim Supervisor Scott A. Ziegler denied that critical racial theory was part of the curriculum or teacher training. “Unfortunately, our efforts to provide our students with a good education in a place of compassion, safety and affirmation have been swept away by the controversy over critical racial theory,” he said. I did. “We do not teach critical racial theory. We do not teach critical racial theory to students and staff.” “We are creating a better environment for our students. This article was originally published in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company

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