NEWS & ANALYSIS

Teachers Unions Push CRT in Schools


According to American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, critical race theory is nothing more than “teaching students accurate history.” 

Last week, at a conference about educating children, Weingarten introduced a presentation by Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to Be an Antiracist” and critical race theory thought leader. 

In his speech to teachers, Kendi compared opponents of critical race theory to those who resisted the integration of schools in the 1960s, as reported by the Daily Signal. 

Both Kendi and Weingarten blasted laws against the teaching of critical race theory, and Weingarten said her union would support teachers who defy the laws. 

Indeed, the American Federation of Teachers and countless other unions have been up-front about their desire to infect K-12 curriculums with critical race theory. 

The National Education Association even approved a plan to promote critical race theory in all 50 states and 14,000 local school districts. 

“It is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory,” the plan states. 

It will promote “an already-created, in-depth study that critiques empire, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society.” 

Also on the topic of critical race theory, the Daily Signal also reports that a Rhode Island school board threatened to sue a mother for seeking public information on critical race theory in school curriculums. 

Nicole Solas, a mother of two, was the subject of a school board meeting, during which they were considering taking legal action against her for requesting public records. 

She began filing records requests with the South Kingstown School District several months ago, when she learned that critical race theory was a part of her children’s curriculum. 

“I was shocked,” Solas said on finding out about the lawsuit. She added that the board did not tell her that the requests were a problem. 

On the June 2 meeting agenda, the South Kingstown School District listed “filing lawsuit against Nicole Solas to challenge filing of over 160 APRA requests.” 

“More than 200 APRA requests have been filed by a single individual in just the last few weeks alone,” Emily Cummiskey, board chairwoman at the time, said in a statement. 

Completing these requests, according to Cummiskey, would take “more than 300 hours of our district’s time” and distract from “efforts to make our schools more equitable, inclusive, and empowering by eradicating any harmful practices or prejudices through equity and anti-racism teachings.” 

While the board voted not to file a lawsuit against Solas, they agreed to seek mediation first. 

Cummiskey stepped down as chairwoman, then announced her resignation from the board entirely. 

“We are in a dangerous place…and if everybody does not take a deep, freaking breath, we are going to be in real trouble,” she said in a speech.