Some things to think about
When it comes to Critical Race Theory in schools, there are some things we need to think about. Those who are talking about Critical Race Theory, or CRT, and its potential impact on K-12 public schools fall into two categories when it comes to defining/explaining what CRT is:
- A way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, OR
- A divisive discourse that pits people of color against white people
The hard truth…
The truth of the matter is that it is not that simple to address for several reasons. This topic is much like segregation, criminal justice policy, and the after affects of the enslavement of Americans of African descendants in the US. The argument isn’t as much about its existence as it is about the role the government should play in the restitution of those adversely impacted by it.
This time around, schools and children are front and center and that always leads to a heated debate in instances such as this.
Critical Race Theory in Schools
I assert that we need not argue about its existence. The arguments about Critical Race Theory in schools isn’t about that. After all, one cannot make another teach their children values, morality, acceptance, or anything else. At the heart of this matter are similar principles evident in the black lives matter/blue lives matter/all lives matter debate. It is the same as when people discuss the lasting impact the Jim Crow Era, systemic racism, and so many related topics.
The most valid and relevant debate is about whether the populace wants this taught in schools, whether educators are willing to teach it, and whether teaching it in schools is sufficient to do what parents really want which is prepare their children to face the world and be happy, whole, and successful in it.
Tips for dealing with the CRT Debate
Here are a few tips to get yourself up to speed so you can make informed decisions about your child’s education considering the treatment of Critical Race Theory in schools near you. This will help you determine how to establish and sustain desired belief systems in your family for parents and make informed decisions for yourself:
- Educate yourself about Critical Race Theory and related topics relevant to you and your family.
- Decide what you believe, fill in as many gaps as you can.
- Determine the best way to teach your child your values.
- Reinforce these beliefs in as many positive ways as you can.
- Live in alignment with those believes.
Remember to let schools be schools, understand their limitations and fill in the gaps. Your child will thank you for it one day and you will improve your own life in the process.