Former President Donald Trump on Critical Race Theory in Schools: called “toxic” and “anti-American”
Former President Donald Trump has thrown his weight into the national debate about teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in U.S. schools, urging Republican lawmakers and parents around the country to act against what he called "toxic" and "anti-American" indoctrination.
CRT has its roots in the Marxist theory of class struggle, but with a special focus on race. Advocates of CRT see racism in all aspects of American public and private life and seek to dismantle American institutions, such as the Constitution and the legal system, that they view as inherently racist and irreparable.
“In classrooms across the nation, students are being subjected to a new curriculum designed to brainwash them with the ridiculous left-wing dogma known as ‘critical race theory,'” Former President Trump wrote in an op-ed published Friday on RealClearPolitics.com “The key fact about this twisted doctrine is that it is completely antithetical to everything that normal Americans of any color would wish to teach their children.”
“Instead of helping young people discover that America is the greatest, most tolerant, and most generous nation in history, it teaches them that America is systemically evil and that the hearts of our people are full of hatred and malice,” Former President Trump wrote. “Teaching even one child these divisive messages would verge on psychological abuse.”
“Indoctrinating generations of children with these extreme ideas is not just immoral—it is a program for national suicide,” Former President Trump continued, criticizing the Biden administration for undoing steps his administration has taken to combat the prevalence of CRT.
On his first day in the White House, President Joe Biden dissolved the Trump administration's advisory committee of 1776 and issued his first and last report. Ban on the use of training materials based on "harmful and divisive ideologies of race and gender" by federal agencies and federal contractors was also lifted upon Biden's inauguration.
In a call to action, Trump urged all "concerned parents in America" to ask their state to pass a ban on taxpayer money going to the school district or workplace where CRT is taught. He also suggested that each state create its own 1776 commission to examine public school curricula to ensure students receive a "patriotic and pro-American education" and create their own versions of Teach for America to become "passionate and patriotic." - k12 educators.
19 June 2021