Critical Race Theory

Newton’s first law, etc.

Featured image A look, a book, and a crook (or a crock). What is the question, according to Carnac the Magnificent? I don’t know, but it is the miscellany that I need this morning. Thinking of Carnac makes me laugh. I think I was studying high school physics when I heard him divine the question to the answer: “One fig to a cookie.” The question: “What is Newton’s first law?” It still »

Conservatives flip two Houston school board seats

Featured image The Houston Independent School District board consists of nine members. None is a conservative. That will change soon, however, because conservative candidates won two seats in a runoff election on Saturday. One of them (a man who once lost his job with the city due to sexual harassment allegations) won by fewer than 100 votes in a district where turnout was less than seven percent. The other won more convincingly »

Against book banning

Featured image One of the happiest developments of 2021 has been the national movement of parents pushing back against woke education. As Stanley Kurtz says: Nothing can beat parents organized to halt the erosion of core American ideals like freedom of expression or equality before the law. Thankfully, a record of early successes is rapidly building a larger movement to take back our schools. But Stanley warns that the movement risks committing »

What Are They Teaching Our Children?

Featured image The issue of leftist indoctrination in the public schools has been with us for a while, but it has exploded into public consciousness during the past year. The main focus has been Critical Race Theory, a toxic compound of racism and anti-Americanism. Many people are reluctant to believe that the public schools could possibly be as bad as they are being portrayed. Such skepticism is abetted by school officials who »

They Are After Our Children

Featured image The precepts of Critical Race Theory are only taught to law school students, right? Sure. And also to pre-schoolers. Check out this new program from the University of Texas called GoKAR!. KAR stands for Kids Against Racism. UT is looking for parents “caregivers” who have preschool children ages four to five. They must “identify as white.” This is so the four and five year olds can be subjected to an »

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Does It Help? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Controversy is raging over Critical Race Theory and other leftist doctrines in the public schools. Liberals say they don’t teach CRT, they just teach Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. But a basic question is: Why? Why has “equity,” as understood by the Left, come to dominate public education? Presumably liberals would answer that diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives benefit students of color, especially black students. If that is not the case, »

The “racial reckoning’s” reckoning

Featured image The Washington Post has a lengthy article about how Tuesday’s election has dashed the hopes of black activists. The article begins this way: The summer of 2020 brought a renewed focus on addressing racism, with protesters filling the streets after the police killings of Black men; statues of Confederate leaders coming down from their prominent perches; and the leading Democratic presidential candidate promising systemic changes to right the wrongs of »

Maryland county teaches there’s a “double pandemic” of COVID and racism

Featured image Earlier today, Scott showed how the assertion “Critical Race Theory is not taught in [fill in name of state] schools” has become a mantra on left-wing cable news. It’s also a mantra at the Washington Post. Actually, Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a benign-sounding description of what is being taught in many public schools. Democrats are lucky that the label for the racist indoctrination that’s going on isn’t “Whites are »

The Hive does CRT

Featured image The ideological denigration of the United States and its white majority as oppressive and racist has become a political issue as it has seeped into public schools. The parents of Loudon County made their voices heard in advance of Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial election. Barack Obama jumped into the ring from the top turnbuckle to instruct Virginia voters to disregard it as a “phony trumped-up culture war issue.” Formulating the issue »

Racism In the Public Schools

Featured image This is one of the most grotesque instances of racism I have seen in a long time–not just racism in the public schools, but racism, period. It comes from Wayzata, Minnesota, one of the Twin Cities’ wealthiest (and whitest) suburbs. A book called Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, supposedly suitable for grades 4 through 6, is on Wayzata’s Reading List and apparently is being used in some other »

CRT: It Doesn’t Exist…And It’s Awesome! [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Critical Race Theory has become the number one political issue in the U.S. So, needless to say, it is the top issue in school board elections that are taking place across the country. Thus, in one of Minnesota’s largest school districts, the administration emailed talking points to school board members, telling them how to answer questions about CRT from concerned parents. No doubt many other districts have done the same. »

Ted Cruz grills Merrick Garland about possible conflict of interest

Featured image Following Merrick Garland’s recent appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, we posted the portions of his testimony in which he answered (and sometimes evaded) the questions of Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. Josh Hawley. In this post, I want to add Garland’s exchanges with Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz did his usual effective job, and the entire thing is worth watching. Towards at the end, at around the seven minute mark, »

Show the World What You Think of CRT

Featured image Critical Race Theory–more specifically, the Left’s astonishingly successful drive to inflict it on our young people via the public schools–is the number one issue of this moment in our history. The entire point of CRT is to convince our youth that America is evil, and therefore must be destroyed. Or, as leftists prefer to put it, “fundamentally transformed.” This is what many if not most elementary school students are being »

“Passing” In the 21st Century

Featured image A central tenet of Critical Race Theory is that America’s institutions are “systemically” rigged to favor white people. POCs just can’t catch up, no matter what they do. Of course, if that were true it would be hard to explain why whites rank only 17th in median income, trailing such allegedly oppressed groups as Lebanese, Iranian, Pakistani, Syrian, Ghanian and Nigerian Americans, as well, of course, as Indian-Americans, whose median »

Scenes from Loudoun County

Featured image Loudoun County, Virginia seems to have become the epicenter of the school policy battle within our culture wars. Events from that county are also playing a role in the upcoming Virginia gubernatorial election — at least I hope they will. This post is about two developments from Loudoun County that have been reported elsewhere, but may have escaped widespread notice. Item: The Daily Caller reports that Loudoun County is requiring »

Phony Issues? Americans Don’t Think So

Featured image Worried about the Virginia governor’s race, Barack Obama says that concerns over Critical Race Theory and transgenderism in the public schools are “phony trumped-up culture wars”. But Americans overwhelmingly disagree, as Rasmussen Reports finds today: Most Americans believe parents are right to be concerned about controversial teaching in public schools, and reject the claim that these are “phony” issues. A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports and »

The New York Times does CRT

Featured image My friend who keeps me informed about reporting/editorializing at the New York Times sent me this message about two Times articles on Critical Race Theory. The NYT usually avoids the controversy over Critical Race Theory, but this week has been different. We’ve had two front page articles on the CRT battle so far this week. On Monday, an article on a Maryland CRT controversy took up the entirety of two »