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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite On Monday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared with the equally unimpressive Don Lemon to expound on the use of critical race theory in K-12 education. As is typical, AOC got more wrong than she got right. Her first assertion was, of course, that critical race theory is a law-school doctrine that’s not taught in K-12 schools. “Critical Race Theory is not taught in elementary school. It is barely taught in law schools, frankly, in the level that it should be taught,” she said.
It’s almost as if she doesn’t understand that almost everything that falls out of her mouth sounds like it came out of a critical theories handbook.
As Columbia professor John McWhorter said on a recent podcast with Glenn Loury (see below), AOC’s assertion is either uninformed or disingenuous. No parents are suggesting that teachers are presenting the writings of Derrick Bell and Kimberle Crenshaw to elementary school kids. It’s when teachers put their ideas into practice in the classroom that parents object.
McWhorter cited classroom tasks segregated by race that cast white students as bad or oppressive and black students as unable to be precise or victims. He said that these ideas have crept into the classroom to varying degrees nationwide. He explained that this “Balkanization of white from black, in particular… traces to those writings even though Kimberle Crenshaw and Derrick Bell were not thinking about what you do to six- and seven-year-olds in the classroom.”
AOC asks why Republicans don’t want “anti-racism” taught to children, even though Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo, who call themselves critical race theorists, use the term to describe their ideas.
Her comments then got even dumber when she claimed that the debate centers on how schools teach American history: “We should say why don’t you want our schools to teach anti-racism? Why don’t Republicans want their kids to know the tradition of anti-racism in the United States?” she said, growing increasingly frustrated. “Why are they attacking the core roots of history in this country that strays anything beyond what we already know? … Why don’t Republicans want us to […]
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