After Backlash, Department Of Education Scales Back Critical Race Theory Plans

The Department of Education is walking back on its plans to promote the use of critical race theory in civics education programs.

The action follows months of conservative-led push against the progressive ideology that claims white people and racial minorities in the United States belong to oppressor and oppressed classes, respectively.

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In a report, The Washington Post said: “The department published a notice Monday in the Federal Register requesting applications for grants that dropped references to published anti-racism works that had been mentioned in proposed rules released in April for the American History and Civics Education grant program, and that had drawn the ire of conservatives.”

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The Post noted that the new guidelines stated that the decision to use the said curriculum on critical race theory will not be up to the Federal government.

“The proposed rules did not actually suggest the contested material would be required for grantees to use, but Education Secretary Miguel Cardona addressed concerns of critics by making clear in a blog post that curriculum decisions will not be dictated by the federal government,” it said.

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While the April proposal praised The New York Times’ “landmark” 1619 Project — which emphasizes the role of slavery as a basic fact in the formation of the United States — and also quoted from Ibram X. Kendi’s book How to Be an Antiracist, the new notice removed both references on the revised notice and no other additional references were made which nods toward critical race theory.

Cardona’s modification to the grant proposal was welcomed by critics of critical race theory.

“Thousands of Americans across the country responded to the federal government’s request for comment on this issue, and sent a clear message that this was not an appropriate use of tax dollars,” Parents Defending Education President Nicole Neily said.

“We are gratified that the Biden Administration has responded to this feedback,” she added.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also lauded the move to pull back from the admin’s critical race theory push — citing it as a “win” for the parents and students.

“Future generations of Americans deserve to receive a rich, rigorous education in civics and our nation’s history. But this will hardly be the last word in the fight to preserve real history and real civics in the face of revisionism that is increasingly sought by the far left,” the top Senate Republican commented.

Meanwhile, parents continue to blast the notion of teaching children critical race theory in schools. An African-American father earlier explained that critical race theory seeks to teach children that “white people are bad.”

“That’s not true,” Ian Rice said. “That would teach my daughter that her mother is evil.”

“This board and this school district has failed,” Rice told the administrators. “[Critical race theory] was never meant to be brought into grade schools, high schools — at all. It’s actually taught in the collegiate atmosphere, more importantly, the legal portion of the collegiate atmosphere to see different laws through the lens of race, from an ethical standpoint, not for grade schoolers and high schoolers,” he said.

Rice noted that racial tensions are also “nowhere near what they used to be decades ago” — though he clarified that the US still has “a long way to go.”

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Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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