Parents are speaking out and lawmakers are listening.
According to a report in the Washington Times, GOP lawmakers have stepped up their efforts to ban the controversial critical race theory from being taught in schools; 56 bills were filed this month, increasing the number to 122 total proposals being considered in 33 states.
“The New York-based PEN America said 12 of the bills have become law in 10 states: Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Arizona enacted two laws, but the state Supreme Court struck down the first on a technicality. Texas combined two of its laws into one,” WT reports.
“Jonathan Friedman, PEN America’s director of free expression and education, said the legislative activity has intensified, with 88 bills live in the current session, compared with 34 in 2021, and multiple lawmakers in the same states drafting versions,” WT adds.
“Either lawmakers feel pressured to keep political promises, or they feel it’s a winning issue they hope to capitalize on in the midterm elections,” Mr. Friedman said.
CRT is inculcated in school culture,” says Tamra Farah, executive director of MomForce at the nonprofit Moms for America. “It’s psychologically damaging tenets are passed on to kids as teachers remind them that the color of their skins alone makes them oppressors or oppressed and that there is nothing they can do to change that.”