Properly crafted legislation can empower parents
One of the side effects of the “virtual” schooling imposed on students across much of the country in the last year and a half was to offer American parents a unique window into modern educational pedagogy. Many parents didn’t like what they saw — especially when it came to how schools were teaching their children about race. In the 2020–21 school year, “critical race theory” in education became the latest flashpoint in the culture wars.
So far in 2021, legislators in at least 25 states have introduced bills aimed at curtailing various forms of racial instruction and indoctrination in public schools. Several of these have become law, including enactments in Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. In addition, the Florida Board of Education adopted a new rule clarifying its education standards and limiting the teaching of certain racially charged theories and materials. More legislation and rulemaking is almost certain to follow.
James R. Copland is a senior fellow and director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute. He is the author of “The Unelected: How an Unaccountable Elite is Governing America.” Follow him on Twitter here.
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