Stifling the Teaching of Critical Race Theory Is Not an Option

Insights from Educate, 17th Edition

Jennifer Osborne
Educate.

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My newsfeed has been filled to the brim with updates regarding initiatives to ban critical race theory in schools across the U.S. Adrian Florida at NPR notes that at least six Republican legislatures have advanced, or are planning to advance, bills that will effectively end the race conversation with our students.

Critical race theory is “an academic approach that examines how race and racism function in law and society.” Conservatives are deeming the teaching of critical race theory as divisive and unpatriotic.

As a former high school English teacher, I taught To Kill a Mockingbird and other supposedly controversial texts almost every year. These texts naturally elicit discussions of race, justice, and inequality.

The effect of these legislative decisions will ultimately create scenarios where teachers feel threatened or worried about covering certain topics in class. Our global history is rife with stories of injustice. It is our responsibility to…

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Jennifer Osborne
Educate.

Educational Leadership Policy Ph.D. Student ⎪Editor of Educate. medium.com/educate-pub