Race education oversimplified in CRT debate

Your kids do not have to learn Critical Race Theory quite yet, but the NAACP Dane County Branch President believes education about race in America could be done better. The topic of anti-racism and anti-sexism education in the classroom took center stage in Madison last week in a hearing that lasted nearly seven hours. A bill introduced by State Senator Andre Jacque among others would ban the practice from state classrooms and employee trainings. He told last week that he supports teaching history better, but does not believe racism or sexism is essential to teach it. The debate came as a Manitowoc School Board meeting was overrun by people speaking on both sides of the Critical Race Theory issue. Critical Race Theory takes an analytical look at how race may have played a role in public policy decisions like housing, desegregation, and voting. Greg Jones from the NAACP Dane County Branch believes CRT is being oversimplified and is a graduate studies course, not something for the K-12 classroom. He added though that it is hard to teach some historical topics without mentioning racism or sexism.

Jones says as a former social studies teacher he would focus on some of the changes made through policies that made housing, voting, and education fairer for everyone. He would then turn his attention to the positive contributions African-Americans have made to the country.

Jones believes there has been tremendous progress made in the last 50 years for African-Americans and other races to give them hope for the future.

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