Controversy in the N.C. Legislature over the inclusion of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in our public school curriculum is forcing parents and state taxpayers to decide what is important in our tax supported school system - basic education skills or social justice skills. Recent efforts to include a new curriculum based on this new social justice theory, promoted by civil rights scholars, is yet another confusing impediment in an already turbulent world of public education

Public education has become a petri dish for social experimentation while at the same time it serves as convenient target for failure to meet the latest academic standards and fads.

Just ten years ago the education community was criticized for failing to promote greater application of math and science due to the anticipated needs of the nation as it competes in the world economy. There was a great cry and rush to meet the competition U.S. students were facing from foreign students. The result was an academic initiative to focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Several years later ‘art’ was added to the initiative to keep that constituency happy, resulting in a new acronym STEAM.

Concern about American students falling behind academically in comparison to other countries was the topic of a 2019 Washington Post article. Post reporters Moriah Balingit and Andrew Van Dam, using data from the Program for International Student Assessment, noted that “Teenagers in the United States continue to lag behind their peers in East Asia and Europe in reading, math and science, according to results of an international exam that suggest U.S. schools are not doing enough to prepare young people for the competitive global economy.”

Out of fear that our students were losing ground to students in other countries, national and state education systems established a potpourri of standards to be measured by a variety of exams. In the midst of these standards, teachers complained bitterly that they did not have the time, training or the appropriate resources to meet these increasing standards. This intense focus on educational standards and expected outcomes resulted in complaints from parents and teachers about over- testing and stressing the students.

Adding to the concern about academic performance of our students in relation to other countries is the compounding problem of what is described as the “lost year” of academic achievement resulting from government mandated closure of classrooms for students and teachers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now the latest educational fad is the need to develop a curriculum to teach social justice based on the premise that this country has been founded intentionally to promote racism, sexism and oppression of other groups. This concept of an oppressive society and the need for reform is articulated in Critical Race Theory, which is described as an academic movement promoted by civil rights proponents and scholars. This theory, first proposed in 1970, became a “cause celebre” in 2019 as a result of the creation of the 1619 Project by New York Times Magazine reporter, Nicole Hannah-Jones, who coincidentally will be teaching journalism at UNC-CH starting next year.

CRT has at its core, racial justice and the need to adjust society to some yet to be defined utopian goal. In essence it’s all about feelings and perceptions and not academic knowledge.

Proponents are now pushing to have this movement incorporated into the public school curriculum while at the same time seeking to push students and teachers to increase time allotted to all the other academic initiatives. Based on the current academic schedule and standards there is no time for added curriculum so something has to give.

In response to this new educational fad and an awareness of the obvious need for real attention to academics, the N.C. House of Representatives voted 66-48 to send H.B. 324 to the state senate for consideration. This bill restrains the use of CRT beyond topical conversation between teachers and their students and further requires schools to list online lesson plans and instructional material being used in the classrooms. House Republicans rightfully view CRT as both counter-productive in bringing the country together in “a more perfect union” as our Constitution promotes. And it further confuses the attention that needs to be applied to real academic endeavors such as Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.

It is time for parents and taxpayers to make a decision. Should our schools be used for social development, historically the purview of parents and families, or should they be places of academic endeavor to better prepare the next generation to deal with the world’s expanding complexities and challenges? Our nation’s future as a beacon of freedom and academic excellence rests on that decision.

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drewski

Well this editorial certainly hot all the expected talking points. CRT is bad just awful and its the evil lefties who are promoting it. No need for verbose multiple paragraphs i have distilled it down to 1 concise sentence for you.

Manifest destiny, colonialism, slavery, genocide, jim crow, Did those things happen or not? Can they be discussed or not? can logical lines between historical events and modern conditions be made, or not? Like everything now a days it comes down to red or blue I guess. Was there a riot at the capitol on Jan 6th, or was it just happy tourists " hugging and kissing" the police as some folks are trying to say?

Teaching children to have critical thinking skills is the ultimate objective of schooling, along with giving them a base of knowledge to draw from. If parents object to a curriculum they should spend the time to explain why at home to their children, not just try to ban it. Glossing over actual history is not education, it is indoctrination. Lets save " patriotic education" for north korean children shall we?

DeadBolt

This sick detested fake story teaches children to be racist , not to mention the other fake non redeemable qualities it mentions, nothing more. Parents, remove your children from the cesspool called PUBLIC EDUCATION, before they are too far gone.

mpjeep

Biden believes the nation is systemically racist. Harris believes one of the greatest threats to the nation is domestic terrorism by white supremacists.

We’ve come a long way since 1776 when our Founding Fathers worked to establish one nation where all men are created equal. Actually, all men are not created equal. If you think they are, step in the ring with Mike Tyson, but we all do have equal rights to self-government.

The Pres and VP, alongside the radical left, use propaganda instruments of BLM, mainstream media, and spineless corporations to transform our freedom and thinking through race

We are a country defined by color coding. Equality now requires that folks be judged by the color of their skin and not their character.

The critical race theory demonizes Caucasians and their culture by pushing the false concept that “white supremacy” is at the core of all societal ills. This theory is now being forced on our children by teachers who would rather preach than teach.

If we are, as a whole, a racist country, how was Obama elected as president for two terms? And what about the competent blacks and other minorities who hold positions of significant power and influence within all areas of government, education, business, healthcare, the military, the arts, and entertainment, etc? Just look around.

BLM proclaims that violence to get desired results is okay even though if any other group professed this, they would be classified as a domestic terrorist group.

Most conservatives today are silenced by fear of being called “racist” by socialists who continue to use the race card to profit financially and politically. Very few have the guts to stand up to liberal lies.

Yes, racism has haunted our country for many years but, it is equally true that we have progressed significantly during the past 100 years. We are not a nation inspired by systemic racism. Actually, by following the lead of the current Biden/Harris administration, we are a nation infected with systemic reverse racism

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It’s time that we speak up and embrace freedom and stop buying products and services from companies that have taken a knee for the radical left.

We should not continue to sit back and not challenge the lies, programs, and propaganda of the radical left elite. If we don’t, we will continue to see the destruction of equal opportunity to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

As Senator Time Scott noted: “Fighting bigotry with bigotry is hypocrisy.”

David Collins

Everyone , everywhere is racist . Always been that way , always will be that way . Think about that .

drewski

" And what about the competent blacks and other minorities...."

That 'lil sentence speaks volumes, as if the barrage of far right pundit talking points and buzz phrases were not clear enough.

mpjeep

Any citizen who is Aware rather than WOKE, is getting tired of the Democratic/Socialist administration telling us what we can and cannot do:

Cannot fly domestically or internationally without proof of COVID-19 vaccination, but illegals crossing our southern open border are welcomed and shipped all over the United States without having been tested or vaccinated.

Cannot access the People's House (Congress) because it is fortified to protect and defend the ruling Democratic/Socialist administration.

Cannot purchase self-defense arms without even more restrictive requirements as police departments are being defunded and qualified immunity defense removed; where rioters/looters and shooters of police officers are bailed out by Harris and Company,

Cannot have pride in our country due to Cancel Culture, and any other anti-democracy doctrine to restrict our constitutional and civil rights; where Project 1619, critical race theory, and equity mathematics are required by executive orders.

The United States is no longer united. Biden has literally split this country into those who are acceptable and those who are not. We are being pushed one against the other in furtherance of the Democratic/Socialist administration’s ultimate goal of eternal power.

dc

Those test scores will surely improve once CRT is embedded.

dc

Realistically CRT has been around for many years, if not forever, in one form and state or another. There have been periods of sensible progress in race relations and periods of turmoil and violence. Some, if not many, so-called "leaders" and "scholars" have not always been helpful. In fact some of the rhetoric and actions have done more to cause setbacks. Education is only one of many areas of society that have and will continue to suffer because of Marxist and other anti-American agendas intervening.

David Collins

There are plenty of folks from all manner of ethnic varieties that live their live

s in peaceful enjoyment . Then there are those that do not . Sadly , those that do not seem to have the loudest voices and are heralded by the media on a daily basis . just before featuring an endless supply of advertisements trying to sell you something you do not need or really want . Just like Facebook and the other idiotic social media sites do .

Just the way things are today . Just proves that the more “educated or is it indoctrinated “ we get the dumber we become .

By the way , Israel and Hamas . Not ever going to be resolved until one totally destroys the other . But , just how do you destroy a religious mindset ? Religion , a curse and a blessing . Is it not ?

David Collins

Scratch the not after Sadly .

Sleepwalker

“Teaching children to have critical thinking skills is the ultimate objective of schooling, along with giving them a base of knowledge to draw from“

This is what us conservative types have been preaching for decades BUT the only critical thinking allowed in school/higher education is liberal.

Drewski...your sounding conservative these days... you got a fever?

drewski

Well I did get my second shot this morning, but no,no fever. I am a registered republican since 1980. I am not a trumplican however. Facts. Character, integrity, fiscal responsibility, those things matter to me. The is plenty to be upset about, one of my faves is 6 billion a year spent via food stamps on soda pop. Diabetes and obesity are at epidemic lvls, and we encourage future health care costs via soda pop. Wise policy....

I don't buy into the maga media daily outrage drama, pretending biden is responsible for unrelenting flood of illegals,, when that has been happening for 100 years. That like so many points is just propaganda for the gullible.

There are serious things to focus on.

JusticeForAll

This statement is now true..."We should not continue to sit back and not challenge the lies, programs, and propaganda of the radical RIGHT elite. If we don’t, we will continue to see the destruction of equal opportunity to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

This statement is now true..."The United States is no longer united. Trump literally split this country into those who are acceptable and those who are not."

It is disheartening that some hold onto such falsehoods and misrepresentations. Trying to create a John Wayne type of world only works in the movies, which is where some seem to have learned much of their history lessons. The children are going to learn the truth despite the attempts to alter facts from right wing zealots. That is what is scaring the ... out of them.

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noitall

So Mr Justice, what is your definition of CRT. How can we proceed to a resolution if no one can express the problem in cogent writing?? At what point in this does theory become law. My kids will NEVER be exposed to this . WILL NOT HAPPEN. For example explain what John Wayne has to do with this?? Will this curricula be objective or will it b e slanted?? ...

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dc

Read the entire article to understand. "The equity movement distilled in a single student". By Chris Boland. Quote, in part, "The modern call for equity is based upon a quality of victimhood -- namely that some people because of historical wrongs to which the perceived victims' only modern connection is skin color. Thomas Sowell describes this as the Quest for Cosmic Justice -- that we can correct the wrongs of the past by committing wrongs in the present." "Conferring wealth, privileges, and opportunities upon some st the expense of others based upon some perceived status of victimhood will not bring us closer to reconciliation . It will not teach that college junior who is now a senior citizen, to read. The equity movement will not teach a new generation how to be good, decent, and honest people. It will only lead to higher level of resentment and mediocrity."

dc

"'The government's cure is what's going to kill the economy'". By Howard Richman. A little more medicine for those with Marxism leanings.

mpjeep

We must stay on top of what is happening in education. Attend board meetings, even if you don't have children in the system. Our money goes to the schools, so go and see for yourself where the money is going and what is being taught.

We pay, therefore we have the right to know what is going on. There are a growing number of concerned citizens contesting Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project.

The notion that equal outcomes can be legislated is Impossible and outrageous.

Do not accept these things as a blank check, investigate.

mpjeep

The University of North Carolina has not offered tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones, the founder of The New York Times‘s discredited “1619 Project,”

The denial of tenure followed conservative opposition to UNC’s move in hiring Hannah-Jones, whose 1619 Project pushes Marxist critical race theory, divides Americans by race, and arguably helped inspire the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots last summer.

JusticeForAll

Read your articles. Could you maybe supply more credible sources? Those tend to be a bit biased.

DeadBolt

Whom would you suggest as a 'credible' unbiased source please, i will look. (see, going forward , simply ask the person stating their opinion, or pasting other opinions,to go to YOUR SOURCE OF someone else's OPINION! )

JusticeForAll

Some people are fact resistant. Conspiracy theories fueled by more conspiracy theories. It doesn't take much to drag someone down a rabbit hole and feed him a steady diet of lies to further the division of our nation.

mpjeep

Yep, some like to criticize others for their opinions while expressing their own opinion. Dah

noitall

U. S. Constitution is lost in this maze of unproven educational theory. The smart are born smart and the dumb are born dumb. and the school system cannot cope with this. We are in a race to the bottom. RTTB. Consider this theory. We are now on an evolutionary path to extinction. as a species. Green New Deal + Free stuff life goals + horrendous tools for war + Life back in the tr

drewski

Oh,oh, oh, inflation, oh gas shortage, the stock market fell..it is all on biden. And " that woman" the pandemic has played heck with the supply chains, supply and demand means prices go up, and they stopped juicing the stock market with deficit cash every night. Bbbuuuttt biden they shrieked.

DeadBolt

"Well I did get my second shot this morning, but no,no fever. I am a registered republican since 1980. I am not a trumplican however. Facts. Character, integrity, fiscal responsibility, those things matter to me. The is plenty to be upset about, one of my faves is 6 billion a year spent via food stamps on soda pop. Diabetes and obesity are at epidemic lvls, and we encourage future health care costs via soda pop. Wise policy...."

This is a PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHY THE GOVERNMENT IS A HUGE FAILURE AT BEING INVITED TO THE DINNER TABLE. (and , beg pardon, if they cannot get this straight, after decades of failure, they need to be removed of the activist role). Glad we agree on the fact that government is good for nothing domestic. [thumbup]

mpjeep

“Only a fool allows his enemy to educate his children.” –Malcolm X

Hmm…..private schools might be the answer.

Benelli

the 1619 project is bad scholarship, even if it makes some important and relevant points, it presents itself as history and lays slavery as the cornerstone of the founding of the USA. Slavery was the cornerstone of the confederacy. 1619 dates the countries birthdate as the arrival of west african slaves in Jamestown. Africans had been in the americas, both free and enslaved since the Spanish made inroads in the southeast from Florida. Well before Jamestown. the 1776 project, what little I read of it was goofy performance patriotism. Kids do need critical thinking skills to pick the good and bad out of both efforts. Unfortunately so do adults who dine on a steady diet of cable news and facebook that only affirms the beliefs they already align with.

mpjeep

The job of the government is to enable free enterprise and then get out of the way of individual ingenuity and hard work. The government should promote equal opportunity, not promise equal results.

dc

Where is this country headed with the rapid advancement of Marxism in education and ultimately every facet of life dictated from the halls of national govt down to the local level. Christian principles of our country's past have been and are being continually replaced with the religion of Marxism. Constitutional freedoms replaced with dictatorial Communism. Not a bright future.

dc

As the days, weeks, months and years pass labeling one's self currently or used-to-be a particular or independent political ideology won't mean much to our posterity if we allow radicals to take over and transform this great country and trample all the blessings we've inherited. And "we" means ALL of us. Those "blessings" are real for us ALL or else there would not be people from all over the world yearning to make a new life here. Has Marxism improved the lives under its dictatorial rule since it's invention? Why do so many in this country and some who came or were brought here seek out Marxist rule? What do they find so appealing about this radical ideology? Do they really understand what they are fighting for? They must or they wouldn't be doing it. Those who on purpose, by accident, indifference or whatever don't disagree and oppose this radical and "foreign to freedom" ideology and activism can't escape responsibility and blame for its future devastation.

drewski

More gloom and doom with a side order of blame. We spend as much on our military is the next 11 economies combined, a portion of it wasted. The biggest threat is not Marxism, it is unfunded debt and the ever increasing interest payments on said debt. It is the shrinking middle class, while the wealthy increase in small numbers and the poor increase in droves. The fall of past civilizations comes down to disease, or debt, not Marxism.

Perhaps less culture war egged on by the media, and more fiscal responsibility?

30 trillion in debt is right around the cornor, the daily interest on that is more then the budgets of some countries.

mpjeep

Speaking of critical race theory and the fact that liberals say voter ID laws hurt blacks:

Due to Coke’s stance on a Georgia voting law, the Surry County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Coke machines from all county government facilities.

Of course, it won’t hurt Coke’s bottom line, but I like that it does send a message. Just like the message we should send to CRT advocates and instead go with Home Schooling.

Sleepwalker

I’m not exactly sure what the critical race stuff is all about. I learned about slavery along with the j crow laws etc. in school many many years ago.

I understand THAT history and hope we never repeat it. I believe it’s a small minority trying to stir everyone up ... again. We as a country have come very close to putting the color of an individuals skin aside only to be divided by the professional agitators. You can’t legislate peoples thoughts. You can’t balance the scales by “giving” things to one group of people without taking from another group.

drewski

The scales were unbalanced by giving to some and denying to others. The most recent examples are home appraisals, if the house has white family photos it gets a much higher appraisal then if it has black family photos. Same house.. now I personally oppose reparations on the basis of fairness and avoiding even more debt. The fairness is where do reparations stop? The chineese exclusion act, the American Indians, jews denied entry in ww2. Etc etc

Sleepwalker

I would be labeled a racist if I spewed out the FACTS on black and white neighborhoods. Reparations are even up when black folks that can’t read at a elementary school level were given scholarships. Promotions were given because of “under-represented” minorities. If pro sports were like that...it would be 14% or so black...white folks are way under-represented in the nba and nfl... based purely on a percentage give or take.

DeadBolt

American Thinker..... CRT....

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/03/a_north_carolina_school_district_says_white_parents_are_a_problem.html

dc

Mandatory versus discretionary spending and which takes the largest chunk? Military is discretionary. Yes, a lot of waste but do we need a strong military? Is there plenty of waste in mandatory spending? Marxism hasn't proven to be preferable to capitalism to date at least for the folks living under the two systems. So, if Marxism isn't a problem ask Venezuelans, Cubans, etc. Is China a problem? Would you care to live there or in any other Marxist nation? Would you want the U.S. to fall behind China militarily? Are you sure Marxist isn't a problem. Why not? Do you want this country to become a Marxist country? The debt is troubling and might do us in before the Ds can make us a Marxist country. Only way to reduce the debt seems to be cutting both mandatory programs and discretionary spending. Who wants to go first?

drewski

Lawd, help us! "Would you want the U.S. to fall behind China militarily?

"We spend more on our military then the next 11 largest economies combined" that includes both China and Russia. China is fielding new carriers, Russia is dominating in the artic, China lands a robot on mars. Russia has fielded hypersonic missiles.

Meanwhile spending 11x as much we seem to be falling behind.

The cry of but China but China is both sad and weak, and certainly does not justify the bloated and obviously ineffective defense spending.

While China and Russia advance, we spend a lot more and get less. The f35 is a good example, no one wanted it but the congress ppl who's districts benefited.

Meanwhile, let's cut food stamps social security, and Medicare, so those defense contractor shareholders do not miss a dividend check.

The daily cry about Marxism just fails to acknowledge that unregulated and constrained capitalism is not very pretty either.

dc

Plenty of sensible opposition to D policies. Like many others Rep. Burgess Owens says CRT is racist. Ex-AG Barr says Militantly Secularist Government caused Public School disaster.

drewski

There must be a word that describes folks who cry a river about " cancel culture" and at the same time call for and applaud boycots of products because they are so offended by " woke" companies.

mpjeep

The words are Common Sense.

dc

Over the years posted comments about big govt, big biz, big ed, big med/pharma being revolving door in cahoots with and among their elitist/political/ruling class moving thru and/or from one to another. They'd sell out the country to maintain power/control. Some seem bent on Marxism. If the present is prologue they're well on the way and it may be too late.

dc

Sometimes it pays to beat fools at their own game kind of like fighting fire with fire. A wise man once said you don't have to be poor or uneducated to be stupid. Some of richest in the world proves that to be true. Of course, it seems they can afford and have the power to be stupid. We peons can't afford to be.

dc

"The Two Uncle Joes". By John Simpson. Interesting reading for most vets.

DeadBolt

Yuri Bezmenov - Ideological Subversion. KGB Defector full Interview. Gas Shortage NC 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEefbbApuaE

mpjeep

And the word you are looking for could also be Values plus Common Sense.

We are told by liberals that being successful and financially secure in the US is due to white privilege.

But the difference in being successful is not about the color of your skin, but is adherence to values like graduate from high school and get a job, marry only after high school and employment, don’t have children out of wedlock, stay sober and avoid illegal drugs and by all means stay away from criminal activity.

No matter the color of your skin, if you abide by these simple rules you are more likely to be successful.

Pretty easy, but some have realized that Uncle Sam will pay you to stay home, pay you to have kids with different last names which may give them more money and time to do and/or deal drugs by bypassing a simple value system.

dc

Saudis, Israel and Russia spend bigger percentage of GDP than we do. We spend more worldwide like protecting our allies. Who was it that got NATO countries to spend more to protect themselves? Lots more could be said but suffice it to say our defense industry has saved the "world" more than once. Noticed lots businesses boarded up in New England areas after Teddy decided military didn't fit his fancy.

dc

Surprise, surprise! "A young leftist is shocked to find herself on the receiving end of cancel culture". By Andrea Widburg.

dc

This should make your day. "No Race Has Ever Done More For Another Race Than White Americans Have Done For Black Americans". By Vasko Kahlmayer.

Sleepwalker

Dc... I have read many articles/papers/research projects on just that. It is astronomical how much money has been given to them. It doesn’t stop at our borders either. The whole continent of Africa is one big sucking hole taking handouts.

drewski

I guess when all else fails you can always turn to u tube or the American stinker to validate what you already choose to beleive.

mpjeep

Today, most folks are forced to play it safe when expressing opinions in public for fear of being targeted by those who feel that they have been offended.

Especially young folks today are just looking for something to be offended by all the time…..that’s racist, that’s sexist, that’s prejudice, etc.

Will we ever quit being so uptight and go back to having some fun? I think not.

dc

When all else fails for you just take a truth pill.

dc

Funny how some conservative news was way ahead of the lab "conspiracy" theory. Now some election conspiracy theories might have a few taking some more bitter pills. That will be a really bitter truth pill.

DeadBolt

I don't suppose its asking too much to see ONE PERSON OFFER A SIMPLE SHRED OF THIS LUDICROUS FICTION OF WORK being something they have read, and stand behind!? FYI, sources, ok, i'll tell ya what, several of these non sense , plagiarizing authors have been removed of their so called works, and ADMITTED THEY WERE SPINNING A YARN, so, i really do not know how much more obvious it is that this garbage is utter dumpster trash? ITS FAKE POPYCOCK.

DeadBolt

ps. America, old commie bernie is the one pushing these teacher unions to destroy your children, and he's been at it for over 2 years with them. Be glad when hes put out to pasture, , just not in my pasture!

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