Professors, Parents Sound off on Proposal to Prioritize Critical Race Theory

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by Angela Morabito

 

The Biden administration invited the public to comment on its plan to place a priority on plications for a civics and history grant that incorporates Critical Race Theory in April. Americans had much to say about the polarizing proposal, which yielded more than 16,800 comments over a 30-day period.

In addition to comments made online, 22 parent and teacher groups signed on to a coalition letter to Secretary Cardona that says teaching Critical Race Theory may violate the rights of students to pursue an education without discrimination. The group, led by Parents Defending Education, writes that the proposal “creates the very real possibility that under the auspices of this grant program, discrimination will be introduced into classrooms across the country.”

Nicole Neily, founder and president of Parents Defending Education, told Campus Reform that the letter is a result of volunteers who are “the tip of the spear, out there, on the front lines, going to their school board meetings. These are all groups that have sprung up to address political indoctrination in schools.”

Neily says she’s seen exponential growth in parents looking to address Critical Race Theory, often driven by events happening at the local level. She cited a school district near Austin, Texas that “went to the state legislature saying, ‘We cannot afford a crossing guard for our local elementary school,’ and then they spent six figures on a racial equity consultant.”

Neily says that “You should be able to critique it. but what’s happening with CRT is it’s presented as gospel truth. The fact that it’s not able to be discussed or debated is one concern. And it is implemented in a discriminatory manner…George Wallace would be proud of what Ibram Kendi is saying.”

Other commenters mentioned that their work as professors may change significantly due to the introduction of Critical Race Theory at all levels of education. While comments can be submitted anonymously, and the government system does not verify identities, Campus Reform has verified that every named faculty member here teaches or has taught at the institution claimed in their comment.

Several commenters expressed concern over the impact of incorporating Critical Race Theory into curricula:

“The 1619 Project is racist and has been debunked by actual historians of all political persuasions and it has no business being taught in any American school.”  – Robert C. Figueira, Professor of History, Lander University, Greenwood, SC

“It is not the role of educators, schools or the government to push a particular point of view on students. It is our job to provide a balanced curriculum and lets students develop their own views on the subject material which are consistent with their personal values and world view.” – Professor Jeffery S. Wooters, Pensacola State College

Other faculty members wrote in, with varying opinions, on how this proposal could change the teaching experience:

“I am a recently retired white, straight, humanities professor with 51 years of service to one of the nation’s premier HBCU’s–Clark Atlanta University. In all that time I never felt like an outsider, nor was I treated as one by either students or colleagues–in short, that virtually all-black school was more color-blind than is your proposed educational mandate. Think about that, and while you’re at it, please recall MLK’s formula for a just and racially-harmonious nation–namely, to be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.” – Charles F. Duncan, Ph.D. retired Professor of Humanities at Clark Atlanta University

“I am fully in support of the proposed priorities…I hold a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and I teach in my introductory college-level biology course that there is no biological basis for racial categories. My students are overwhelmingly surprised by this information and often express that they wish they had learned about this earlier on…These proposed priorities are a step in the right direction. – Rachel Johnson, Ph.D.

“As a university professor teaching graduate courses, students arrive ill-prepared to deal with critical thinking and facts. They come believing their “personal facts” are a satisfactory substitute for well-established scientific facts and are shocked when they fail exams. Please focus on essential material like learning to think critically.” – Stephen Pew, Ph.D. 

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Angela Morabito is a Higher Education Fellow and Spokeswoman for Campus Reform. She is the former Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, where she went head-to-head with the Left, the media, and the teachers’ unions on behalf of the Trump administration and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. In that role, she communicated to the press and the American public on all facets of education policy, with emphasis on academic freedom, students’ civil rights, and the student loan debt spiral.
Photo “town hall meeting” by Sage Ross CC 3.0.

 

 



 

 


Appeared at and reprinted from campusreform.org

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2 Thoughts to “Professors, Parents Sound off on Proposal to Prioritize Critical Race Theory”

  1. mikey whipwreck

    austin texas is just another outpost of San Francisco at this point. that’s what happens when dems move in after they’ve ruined whereever they came from

    1. 83ragtop50

      Austin has been in the liberal toilet for 30-40 years. It is home to the state government that in itself draws wealthy lobbyists. But the key is that it is also home to The University of Texas at Austin. A school with well over 50,000 students filled to overflowing with liberal professors who do their best to indoctrinate the student body. Both of our girls graduated from there many years ago and the place was a disaster then. Fortunately our girls were grounded enough in their beliefs that they thumbed heir noses at the libs and actually got a worthwhile education.

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