Letter to the editor: CRT is not taught in K-12 schools – Journal Inquirer

Many parents are concerned — or told to be concerned — about their children being subjected to critical race theory (CRT) in school. They need not be. CRT is not being taught to school-age children in public schools anywhere in the U.S. In fact, it would be impossible to teach CRT to school-age children because they are not equipped to understand the legal nuances of CRT at this stage in their development.

CRT as a formal study began with civil rights attorneys such as Derrick Bell, who in the 1970s noticed that, though landmark rulings had been passed to rectify racial inequalities, those disparities persisted. And in some cases those inequities had deepened post-civil rights legislation. He and others began to ask: Why? CRT was born.

Legal scholars began to closely evaluate the genesis and results of landmark civil rights rulings, and in the process identified factors that served to undermine the intent of such directives. In their work, critical race theorists forged new terms such as “intersectionality” and “interest convergence” to capture the ways in which racism is embedded in our social structures and therefore difficult to eradicate with procedural laws alone.

Do we really think this is the kind of thing that is being taught, or could be taught, to schoolchildren? Yet that is precisely what many politically driven candidates and leaders are protesting — and scaring parents in the process.

Critical race theory is not taught in K-12 public schools. Instead, it is more suited for graduate school-level discussions.

Cathy Cementina

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