This paper evaluates the importance of Critical Race Theory in Education
Critical race theory is a buzzword that is at the center of a heated debate on what children learn in classrooms.
Some parents and Republican legislators say educators are “indoctrinating” students with certain lessons on race that make students feel “discomfort” or “shame.”
They say critical race theory seeks to blame white students for the actions of people in the past and teach that “the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist,” according to a 2020 executive order from former President Donald Trump.
Critical Race Theory
Critical race theorists, educators and some parents say that some opponents are actively distorting what the theory is in order to reverse progress made in diversity and racial equity. They say it’s also a way to rile up voters in a collective fight against perceived reverse discrimination.
The theory isn’t being taught in K-12 classrooms, they say, but rather in law schools and higher education courses.
As a result, attempts to teach race, diversity and systemic racism — no matter the scope or context — are being villainized in public schools, a reaction, experts say, against people of color speaking up for civil rights. They also say that vague language in recent legislative efforts — including those that punish teachers or expressly forbid some subjects — could infringe on educators’ ability to teach students basic U.S. history.